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Alex's Memory Quilt

My granddaughter Alex was born in December 2018.
This ‘memory quilt’ marks special things in her first two years
(and especially times with Grandma).
Giving Alex her quilt!

She had seen it before:
in various stages, and completely finished,
on the toddler bed at Grandma's house.
But, I wrapped it up
and gave it to her at her house
to make it ‘official’!

December 2020

At Alex's home, in Tucson
Here, she's showing us
her current favorite block:
‘Blue Line Blues’, #10.

Julia says that she's using the quilt
to keep warm at night in her crib.

November 28, 2020
The quilt was originally conceived as queen-size
(perhaps a high-school graduation gift).
Three 10-square rows were completed toward this goal.
About October 2020, Julia (Alex's Mom, my daughter)
and I decided to make it a toddler-bed quilt.

The back uses the same random-color squares,
embroidered with simple designs.
Both front and back squares have batting attached,
so it's a nice warm quilt.

Invisible thread was used for the back squares;
this stitching attaches each colored square to batting.
I hand-tied in each square corner
to hold the front and back together.

The quilt is exactly the length of a toddler-size bed.
The extra width allows for overhang.
It's shown here on the bed at Grandma's house,
but the quilt will reside at Alex's house!

INDIVIDUAL SQUARES (with notes and creation dates)

birth date, time, weight
sew date: March 17-18, 2019

I always say to Alex:
‘I love you to the moon and back!’
sew date: March 18, 2019

the 5 S's:
swaddle, side/stomach, Ssshh, swing, suck
for calming a baby
sew date: April 5, 2019

We'd sing this every morning:
Good Morning, Merry Sunshine
sew date: May 6, 2019

wagon rides at Pebble
sew date: May 14, 2019

Alex loves her books!
Some of her first favorites:
the B Book; Dragons Love Tacos;
Baby's Busy Day; William's Ninth Life;
Ada Twist, Scientist;
Llama Llama Red Pajama
sew date: May 15, 2019

Julia came up with a special song to sing while the bottle is warming!
sew date: May 18, 2019

rocking in the Pebble double rocker
sew date: May 19, 2019

We always sing the rubber duckie song at bathtime
sew date: May 25, 2019

When wet, the disposable diapers change to a blue line,
and Alex does not like wet diapers!
Hence the ‘blue line blues’!
sew date: June 3, 2019

Reid park & zoo
(Carol takes her there frequently)
sew date: June 6, 2019

Alex loves to ‘help’ play the piano and sing!
sew date: June 7, 2019

first overnights at Pebble
sew date: June 9, 2019

first solid foods
sew date: June 10, 2019

first toy chosen herself;
first family vacation;
first flight;
first visit to ocean
sew date: July 5, 2019

Pebble's new play structure!
sew date: October 4, 2019

first tooth emerged
sew date: October 4, 2019

first day at Strauss ECE
(Early Childhood Education)
sew date: October 5, 2019

sew date: October 5, 2019

Pull-to-stand on library futon
sew date: December 6, 2019

the first two (original-size) rows completed

Alex's First Birthday
Theme: Dragons Love Tacos!
sew date: March 22, 2020

First Steps
sew date: March 21, 2020

First Words & Signs
sew date: March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic
sew date: May 10, 2020

Letter Recognition
sew date: May 11, 2020
For block #25, size = reliability.
Letters are colored as closely as I could match with my thread collection:
Aqua, Black, Cornflower, Dandelion, Emerald green, Fern green,
Green, Hazel, Indigo, Jade, Khaki, Lilac,
Maroon, Navy blue, Orange, Pink, Quartz grey, Red,
Salmon, Tangerine, Ultramarine, Violet, White, Xanthic, Yellow, Zucchini

Shapes and Colors
sew date: August 15, 2020

All Day Grandma Party!
sew date: August 15, 2020
Antonio started ‘All Day Grandma Party’—he would alternate both fingers in the air and say this when referring to time with Grandma Carol. For a long time, this action was Alex's sign for me! In mid-August, Alex actually said the word ‘Gran-ma’ (part of her spoken-word explosion).

I used Stitch Artist Level 1 for the first time on this square, to create the toddler (line art from web, traced and digitized). I love it!! Lots more custom digitizing for me, moving forward!

Alex at her Tiny Piano
sew date: August 31, 2020
First square created from a photograph, using my new Stitch Artist software!

Crib to Toddler Bed
sew date: October 4, 2020

Sharktopus Queen
Halloween 2020
sew date: November 16, 2020

We've decided to make
these first 30 squares
into a toddler-size quilt!

Here's the image I used
to create block #30


This quilt was not constructed in a traditional way.
It was originally conceived as a long-term project—about one square/month for a decade or more.
I started it at about age 60.
It was important to me that completed squares could be easily made into something useful
if I was unable to complete the project.

With these considerations in mind, here's the process I used: