Friday, April 5, 2013

Spring Break

My Granddaughter spent her spring break with us this year and we had a sewing-good time.  She flew here from Oregon...first time flying alone...and we drove to Phoenix to pick her up so no plane changes.

I had purchased a sewing machine for her from a friend, a Pfaff Creative 2000, and we had a ball sewing and embroidering for 10 days.  Priceless!  She was a pro at using the machine (including embroidery!) by the time she left.  She is a computer-savvy 7th-grader, and the machine didn't intimidate her at all!

Here are some of the things we made together:

A pillowcase for herself.

 A pillowcase for her brother.

 An embroidered t-shirt. We bought the shirt and then had fun selecting the design and choosing the thread colors.  She was a PRO at changing threads after embroidering this design!

Here she is at her new machine:
Watching the magic happen.

She also embroidered three colorful canvas totes, one for herself and two for her best friends.  I forgot to get photos of those.

We worked together to finish a quilt top that she and her mom had started a few years ago:
She sewed all of the cat blocks (38) and I sewed the snail's trail blocks (10). And they fit together perfectly!

We blew up Peeps in the microwave:

We made Peepmobiles:
(Notice the crocheted egg cozies in the basket? They had to get in on the photo shoot. They were
made by Granddaughter's daughter. There are actually 4 cozies: chicken, duck, bunny and the lamb is too shy to be in the picture).

We went to the Desert Museum and saw all kinds of critters, like these:

...and snakes, spiders, scorpions too, but didn't stop long enough to take pics of those.

We also went swimming, sat in the hot tub to take the kinks out of our hunched-over-sewing-shoulders, and visited and giggled to our hearts' content! 
I taught her sewing things and she taught me Pinterest and iPhone stuff.  Bonus!

 I feel like I received an infusion of interest and energy, and my heart is FULL!

Happy Days,
Gramma Sheri


  1. Looks like you had a lot of fun... I love the joint cat quilt and well done to your GD for some lovely sewing... I don't know Peeps.. but they look like fun cooking!

  2. What a fun-filled 10 days! I'm tired from reading the fun whirlwind post! LOL

  3. looks like y'all had a fabulous, memory making time; well done!

  4. It sounds like such a grand time for you both!! Memories to have forever!

  5. What a great time! I love all the projects that she completed. What a good grandma you are!

  6. It is so rewarding to be able to spend time like that with a grandchild - wonderful memories for her to treasure. blessings, marlene

  7. This warmed my heart! I can remember when my aunt (who was like a grandma to me) took me under her wing and taught me to sew and crochet. Those are memories and skills that I hold so close to my heart...I'm glad to see other girls getting the same awesome experiences!

    1. Thank you! We had a grand time! I hope she will have as many wonderful memories of our time together as I have...and I especially hope that she will want to come back to spend time with her 'ol grandma again!

  8. Wow! What a chock-full-o-fun time you had together! I have a seventh-grade aged granddaughter too. She flew alone, for the first time, to visit us for five days in February. That was from Kansas City to Orlando. We had a wonderful time, but didn't go near the sewing machine... I sure would have loved it though! You're a very blessed grandmother, and I am certain your granddaughter feels the same.

  9. Oh, how fun! My granddaughter(10, close to 11) and grandson (5, almost 6) will be spending quite a bit of time with me this summer. I have started a list of possible "fun things"! I will add your ideas to the list. My granddaughter and I are already planning to sew. (Hopefully while my grandson is occupied with his Popsie (granddad). The pillowcases are so cute! That is something my granddaughter and I have done together and she mentioned making more.

  10. Wonderful projects and precious and priceless times with your granddaughter. It has probably influenced her for life!!! ♥♥♥


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