Saturday, January 29, 2011

Way Beyond Spoiling

Great Ideas for Grandparents
2011 Women's Conference class taught by Beverly Johnston.

“…..Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” Genesis 18:18 - 19

5 ¶ THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judæa, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. Luke 1:5 - 6

President Boyd K. Packer "The Golden Years" Conference April 2003
Keep the fire of your testimony of the restored gospel and your witness of our Redeemer burning so brightly that our children can warm their hands by the fire of your faith. That is what grandfathers and grandmothers are to do!

Below are instructions/sources for a few of the ideas that Bev shared in her class.

First, here is the web address for The Living Christ visuals.

Once you get to the web site you have to scroll down to find the download button and then follow a few simple instructions to pull up the illustrations which are free and will be in pdf format. You can save it to your computer and then print the pages you want. There are several sizes available. It's a wonderful find.

Designed by Catherine Johnson & Beverly Johnston

You will need:
12 18 inch squares of coordinating brightly colored fleece and flannel, both plain and patterned. Including a square or two of “popcorn fleece” looks good
2 yards of 54 inch wide (or wider) quilt batting, any thickness, but 1/4 inch is what I used.
2 yards of 58/60 inch wide fleece in a coordinating color

Cut 12 18 inc;h squares of coordinating fleece and flannel, very easy to do with a rotary cutter on a cutting mat.
Lay it out on the floor 3 across, 4 down, until you are happy with the arrangement.
Machine stitch the squares together one row at time.
Spread out the backing on the floor. You don’t need a quilt frame, but could use one if you’d like.
Lay the batting centered on top of the backing with 2 inches of the backing extending beyond the batting on all 4 sides.
Lay the quilt top on top of the batting
Stretch the quilt and pin the edges together.
Using coordinating or contrasting yarn, tie the quilt at each square corner. There will be 6 ties
Fold the edge of the backing under about a quarter inch and wrap it around to the front of the quilt to finish the quilt edges on all four sides. Pin as you go.
Miter the corners. You will have to cut out some of the bulk to do this.
Machine stitch all four sides to finish,

Attach poem below.

By Beverly Johnston

It looks like a quilt, and it is to be sure,
But this quilt you will realize is oh so much more.
When you’re tired, when you’re sick, when you’re sad, when you’re cold,
When you’re scared, when you’re mad or when play’s getting old.
When your mom’s gone away, when there’s no place to play,
You’ll find that your quilt is your friend for the day.
It works on your bed; it works on the floor,
In the yard, on the couch, and a trillion spots more.

Perhaps it may be a tent that you’re needing,
It may be a spot to curl up when you’re reading,
Spread it out on the grass on a warm sunny day,
It’s a place to have lunch and a great place to play.
Your quilt can be used when you’re ready for sleeping,
Its’ a great place for hiding some things you are keeping,
And when you’re about to be watching TV,
I certainly, definitely would want one on me.

If you suddenly find you’ve a hurt on your head,
Lay right down, tuck it in, and voila it’s a bed.
If an ache or a fever attack in the night,
Your quilt is the thing that makes you feel right…
(much more than a sweater… it makes you better.)

If you decide you are wanting to go for a ride,
Spread it out, climb aboard and take off for a glide,
It’s a carpet of magic as used by Aladdin,
It’s a cape that our flying friend superman had on.
If you put two together they turn to a chain,
Add on more and voila you’ve created a train,
If you ever are driving to far away places,
Your quilt is a friend in the midst of strange faces.

You’ll discover your quilt is a working friend too,
It makes the jobs easy that you have to do.
It can carry your toys or your clothes to their places,
It can work as a bucket or bag or suitcases.
If it’s raining your quilt can become an umbrella,
If you’re hot, it makes shade or a fan like propeller.
If it’s cold and you find that you’re getting the shivers,
Grab your quilt… cuddle up, cozy warmth it delivers

Your quilt is a rug when you kneel down to pray,
Your quilt is a friend at the end of the day,
It will always be loyal and faithful and true,
And the best magic is it can talk words to you.
If you listen real closely with both of your ears,
“Merry Christmas!” it says, and “A Happy New Year!” *optional line below
“We love you! We love you! You must never forget”
“When it comes to great kids in the world... you are it!”

*optional line…. “Happy Birthday!” it says, and “A Very Great Year.”