Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Quilt for Snuffy

Miniature Doll Quilt & Pillow by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Oh my friends, what a week it's been. Little Mouse came down with what we thought was a stomach bug last Saturday night. Unfortunately it was a more serious virus than we knew, culminating in a long day at the emergency room on Thursday so that she could be treated for dehydration. I'm very grateful to say that she's on the mend, but we're still taking it a day at a time. She's in that delicate place right now where she's getting her strength back but still needs to stay quiet (no easy feat for this little bundle of energy), and it's a challenge to keep her calm so that she doesn't relapse. The hardest part of all is that our church is having it's Christmas children's program and festival tomorrow morning, which she'll have to miss. Breaking the news to her last night was painful, after her long week of hoping against hope that she'd get well in time. After she spent a while sobbing in my arms and then in her Daddy's, I told her that maybe we could sew something special this weekend together to make up for it, perhaps a quilt for her beloved stuffed dog Snuffy.

Miniature Doll Quilt & Pillow by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

It was a game changer. There were more tears before the day was over, but it was definitely the turning point. I sit here now and think back on how many times the prospect of "sewing time with Mommy" saved the day with my girls. It has so often been a way to help them through difficult moments.

Miniature Doll Quilt & Pillow by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

So while the rest of the family went to Saturday lunch at our favorite Mexcian restaurant, Mouse and I went upstairs to sew. Miniature doll quilts are such a wonderful project when you want to sew something with a child. You don't even really need a pattern. Just pick the fabrics, choose a shape or design, sew the top, and then cut a backing print to fit. I like to use a piece of muslin or cotton fabric instead of batting so that the quilt isn't too stiff. Instead of binding, I just sew the front and back together, leaving an opening for turning, and then once it's turned right side out, I tuck the raw edges inside and stitch 1/8" from the edge all around. So simple!

Miniature Doll Quilt & Pillow by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

We made a little pillow to go along with the quilt, adding pom-pom trim at Mouse's request. She was absolutely delighted with the finish, and immediately wanted to tuck Snuffy in for a nap.

Miniature Doll Quilt & Pillow by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

She's spent the rest of the day resting on the couch in the family room cuddling with her little pup and watching old episodes of the Beverly Hillbillies. I love to hear her giggling from the next room.

After a week like this one, it's the most beautiful music in the world.

5 comments:

  1. Poor thing! I hope she recovers soon. What a scare and heartache for you! I'm glad sewing helped you both pull through. Great project idea for keeping it simple, but fullfilling.

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  2. Oh Heidi, what a heart warming episode of how a difficult time in your daughter's life, ended, with mom coming through with the perfect solution to save the day. Being a mom means, one has to wear many different hats to solve everyday problems that arise throughout the year. Merry Christmas to you all.

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  3. Quite a week indeed. I'm glad Mouse is on the mend. What great memories you are making as you sew with your girls. The little quilt and pillow are just perfect for her little pup. I hope you have some time to rest and recover too; all that stuff is hard on a momma!

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  4. What a cute little project. I hope she feels better soon. It’s hard to be sick and miss out on those special events. The pom pom trim is just right.

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  5. Sweet story -- happy ending :) Glad she's on the mend. And darling doll quilt!

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