Baby Watch

October 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm 92 comments

Grandmotherhood awaits!

As a quilter, I think it’s appropriate that I’m “on pins and needles,” don’t you? At this moment, we are Due Date Minus THREE Days. We’re having a baby!

No idea if it’s a boy or a girl, we’re just praying for healthy with the full complement of fingers and toes. Sweet anticipation. Jennie and Craig, you’re going to be a wonderful parents. I can’t stop smiling.

And for the record, the quilt was finished before the baby arrived—with matching crib skirt, assorted crib sheets, puddle pads, and receiving blankets.

TLCB-overall-lowrezI did have help. Inspiration for the baby’s first quilt came from a tutorial by Jennifer Grigoryev. I used 6″ white squares, so the scale is a little larger.

I used gray thread for the quilting (to match the walls). And, I’m particularly happy with the little sliver of turImage02quoise in the binding. It’s sewn in, not a flange. (Images get bigger when you click them.)

Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions on what to make for the baby. I’ll share what I learned soon. And if you don’t hear the shrieks of delight when the baby is born, I’ll blog and put it in my newsletter for sure.

 

10-12-14UPDATE

Zoey Bea was born on October 12, 2014. She weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces. She is just a smidge over half a yard long–my little Fat Quarter.

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  • 1. Lynn  |  October 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Beautiful quilt!! Grandma is definitely my favorite name and role in life! Wishing you all the best!

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  • 3. Cindy Cooksey  |  October 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Cute quilt! Very gender neutral. I also had to make baby things in that vein, until she arrived. Can’t wait to hear about your grand baby!

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    • 4. Ami Simms  |  October 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks, Cindy! I can’t wait either. But I’ll have to I guess.

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  • 5. Sharon G  |  October 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I love that quilt!

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  • 7. Mida  |  October 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    This is going to be one lucky baby! Love the quilt colors.

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    • 8. Ami Simms  |  October 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks! Jennie and Craig came up with the color scheme. They did a great job!

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  • 9. Martha  |  October 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    How exciting! Wait until the little one is here! How he/she will take your breath away! The quilt is beautiful-love the palette and modern feel!

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    • 10. Ami Simms  |  October 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      The kids picked the colors. Didn’t they do a great job on the nursery?

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  • 11. Jolly and Delilah  |  October 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    It’s beautiful. I wish you and your family some great news in the next few days time.

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  • 13. Delight  |  October 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    what a adorable baby room I love your quilt and quilting grandma Best name ever

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  • 15. Vicky Ernst  |  October 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    From experience, you are entering the most wonderful time of your life!! Grandchildren are the most marvelous little creatures. Great quilt also.

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  • 17. Carol Ann  |  October 10, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    You are heading into the most wonderful adventure! It is truly an amazing relationship, and changes how you look at things all over again. Enjoy, and Congratulations!

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    • 18. Ami Simms  |  October 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you, Carol Ann. I love adventures!

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  • 19. michgrmama  |  October 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Congratulations on having a finished quilt for the new little one. One teensiest word of advice from one grandma to another, if that due date comes and goes, do NOT bother Jennie with silly questions about just when that baby will arrive. Since most moms at that stage just want that baby out, those comments can be a-noy-ing. But hoping it’s soon :-)

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  • 21. Jean Whiteaker  |  October 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Just welcomed little Felix on Oct 2–you are in for so much fun – congrats!

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  • 23. Virginia Kelly  |  October 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Lovely quilt, I love the sliver of turquoise in the binding. Love the color of the nursery walls too,

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    • 24. Ami Simms  |  October 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks, Virginia! I had a fun time making the quilt.

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  • 25. Susan  |  October 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    So excited for you, Ami. I know you will love being a grandma as it seems you already are. I am in Vermont waiting for a grandchild to be born, too. Not due until the 22nd. I’ll be looking for your news!

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    • 26. Ami Simms  |  October 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Happy “Baby Watch’ to you too, Susan!

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  • 27. Ginnie Tenney  |  October 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    As I said earlier Grandma Club is better than any guild😊 Oops! Love the quilt!

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    • 28. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      I’ll be a member soon…

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  • 29. Debra Sanders  |  October 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Ami, congratulations to all on this joyful event. Our Number two is making her debut in December and I am now thinking of the quilt I will make. I really like the colors and design of your modern baby quilt. It will be a treasure. All the best, Deb

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    • 30. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks Deb! And congratulations to YOU as well.

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  • 31. Mary Ann  |  October 10, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Oh I love being Nana! Grab all the cuddle naps you can, they start running in a blink of an eye!

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    • 32. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      And then I start chasing, right?

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  • 33. Patty  |  October 10, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Enjoy your grandchild there is no better role.

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    • 34. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Can’t wait to meet him/her. Or her/him.

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  • 35. Jill Lee  |  October 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Love the quilt and nursery decor. What does the fox say?

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    • 36. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      I’m stumped. What DOES the fox say?

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  • 37. MaryJean Bower  |  October 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Beautiful baby quilt! My daughter(adopted from Korea) will give birth to our first grandchild in a few weeks. She also chose gray walls for her nursery. Yellow and gray baby quilt in the making. Best wishes and prayers for your daughter for a healthy delivery!

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    • 38. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Virtual hug for “cosmic souls.” Sending the same good wishes back to you for YOUR daughter too.

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  • 39. karenquiltsnsews  |  October 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    You have really been working on your quilting! Seriously nice feathers. What a LOVEly work for that new little one!

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    • 40. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Glad you like the feathers, Karen!

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  • 41. bj  |  October 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I am always amazed at the burst of love that happens as a new family member arrives. Congratulations.

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    • 42. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      It is all such a miracle, and at the same time (in the whole scheme of things) very ordinary. That’s my deep thought for the day.

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  • 43. Rose A  |  October 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Looks like you are expecting an energized baby! Praying all goes well. . .Rose

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  • 45. Gloria Emmel  |  October 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Boy or girl, this is one lucky baby to be born into such a loving family, and to have you for a grandma. I’m sure Scooter agrees. Blessings to you all. Oh yes, the quilt is a treasure.

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  • 47. Ellen Lee  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I love the gray walls, and I love how the quilt colors pick up the colors in the fox pictures above the crib! Please remember to send a quick message to all of us Ami followers pronto after the baby is born. I think we all feel like honorary grandmothers for him or her.

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    • 48. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I think Jennie and Craig did such a great job with the nursery. And yes, for sure I’ll let everybody know after the little one is born.

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  • 49. grandma glenda  |  October 11, 2014 at 3:43 am

    it is just beautiful!!!! graduation————-grandbaby. grandbaby wins every time!!!!!!

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  • 51. maggie schwartz  |  October 11, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Congrats! I’m loving being a “Grammy” of twin boys. Yes, I had to make two coordinated quilts. Labor of love!

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    • 52. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Two quilts, Maggie? Good for you!!

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  • 53. Sharon Morton  |  October 11, 2014 at 9:09 am

    So excited for you! Love the quilt!

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  • 55. Kathy Phillips  |  October 11, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I love the quilt….way way back years ago when my babies were little I did their room in blue/orange and white…..the quilt reminded me of good times….plus the design is so cool

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    • 56. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Kathy, glad it brought back good memories for you.

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  • 57. Nancy Nelson  |  October 11, 2014 at 9:44 am

    What fun you are in for.. Babies are the best!! Great colors in your quilt.

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  • 59. Judy Brill  |  October 11, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I did not see burp cloths on your list, they are super easy to make and are a necessity, I always liked to use flannel as it is soft against the baby’s little face and absorbent. I know you are anxiously awaiting, I have been there and this is a very exciting moment for you.

    Happy Grandmothering

    Judy

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    • 60. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      That’s still on my list, although she did get quite a few as shower gifts. I have some terrycloth for big “erps.”

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  • 61. Edwina Murray  |  October 11, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Does this mean your fourlegged kid is now a granddog?

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    • 62. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      I think he’s an uncle. Right now he’s a walking humidifier: he just got a bath.

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  • 63. Nancy  |  October 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Wonderful quilt. I, too, am soon to be a first-time grandma in 5 weeks! Can’t wait!

    How wide are your “lightning” strips?

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    • 64. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Congratulations to you, Nancy!

      My strips were different sizes. I probably started with 3″ and 4″ wide strips. You’ll have to experiment. (I forgot.)

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  • 65. Loretta  |  October 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Ami, your quilting is awesome. I sense freedom when I look at the variety of do-dads that fill your feathers (in the close up). My next feathers will be vastly improved :)

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    • 66. Ami Simms  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Glad you like my “wonky feathers.” I have a lot of fun quilting them.

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  • 67. Diane Tiedeman  |  October 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful quilt and so unusual. You will make a fun grandma.

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  • 69. Wanda Phillips  |  October 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Ami, love the quilt. Being a grandma is awesome! Does this pattern have a name? (sorry if this has been asked and answered I didn’t see it)

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    • 70. Ami Simms  |  October 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Scroll back up to read the tutorial. You’ll see the name of the quilt there.

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  • 71. Charlene Kallas  |  October 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Lovely quilt ! But………..the ones most appreciated right away
    are the small flannel blankets that Mom uses ,& washes. a lot.
    Just make like a quilt without any sort of batt. Make dozens.

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    • 72. Ami Simms  |  October 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Charlene, not to worry. Baby has those too. :)

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  • 73. Mary  |  October 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Adorable quilt and congratulations and the upcoming event and hope all goes well for mom and baby. You’re in for the thrill of your life to be a grandma!!

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  • 75. Jannette  |  October 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    We found out a few months ago that our daughter and son-in-law are expecting their first child in January (we met you at the quilt guild in Sarnia). They’ve also chosen gray, turquoise and coral for their nursery – and, they’re having a boy. I’m eagerly awaiting your report on what you’ve made for the baby!
    (I’m still working at quilting my Twisted Sister quilt… I’ll send a pic when it’s finished!)

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    • 76. Ami Simms  |  October 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Jannette, so nice to hear from you. They’re good colors and fun to work with, so have fun! And those quilt pictures are welcome any time.

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  • 77. Jennifer Padden  |  October 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Oh, Ami,

    Even the fourth and fifth ones (still expected for me) are soooo exciting and kudos to Jenny and Craig for waiting for the best surprise of all, just like we old folks had to do. So much love to experience, your heart will feel like exploding. The quilt is beautiful and will join one lucky baby real soon.

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  • 79. jberdych  |  October 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

    There is nothing better than being a grandmother! Love the quilt.

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    • 80. Ami Simms  |  October 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      I’m thinking you’re right.

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  • 81. Mary Ellen Tardiff  |  October 13, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Ami, your feathers are great. I guess it’s time in my quilting life where I should start doing some machine quilting on small things myself. Hum……I’ll think about that. Meanwhile, CONGRATULATIONS on getting the quilt and other stuff done before the baby arrives!!!! That’s one lucky child. Since it’s Monday, I’m thinking it’s D-Day or is that B-day? Can hardly wait to know the baby’s arrived and you’ve officially been inducted into the grandmother club!!

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    • 82. Ami Simms  |  October 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks so much, Mary Ellen. And if you haven’t seen FaceBook, she arrived yesterday!

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  • 83. mrsgoodneedle  |  October 13, 2014 at 9:40 am

    The nursery is precious; love the theme! Your quilt is just frosting on the cake, so happy for all of you~

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    • 84. Ami Simms  |  October 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much, Debbie.

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  • 85. Diane  |  October 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Ahhh she is here:) They steal your heart which is just fine. Enjoy every minute; they grow up soooo fast. Love the quilt.

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    • 86. Ami Simms  |  November 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      That’s the plan, Diane!

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  • 87. Martha  |  October 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Congratulations, Ami!!! I’m envious- and hoping I can make a similar announcement someday…..

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    • 88. Ami Simms  |  November 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Hope you can too, Martha!

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  • 89. Roxine Burch  |  October 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I love being a grandmother, I know you will love being one. It’s way more fun than being a mom and I loved that too. I loved being in your classes and hope to do another one someday. Roxine

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  • 91. FREE PATTERN: Lightning Zig-Zag |   |  March 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    […] for a new grandbaby, and wrote about it on her Through the Eyes of a Quilter blog post, “Baby Watch.” Her sweet grandbaby arrived in October, just in time to spend the winter cuddled in the […]

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  • 92. eric  |  August 8, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Beautiful quilt!!

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