Monday, June 17, 2013


It all started at Thanksgiving breakfast back in November.  As we finished our meal, Nick brought his place mat to me and showed me a fabric in the center of the leaf and asked, "Would you make me a quilt with this fabric, Grammy?" 

That place mat was made with some leftover Maple Leaf blocks that I had made several years ago in a class with Klaudeen Hansen at A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN.  Each participant had brought a specified number of fabric pieces and then they were all distributed and we made our blocks from those fabrics.

When Nick asked about the fabric for a quilt, I knew there was a problem.  I had never had this fabric in my stash so there was no way there would be any left.  I began a search on the Internet and came up empty handed.  The fabric was just too old.

So, I did the next best thing.  I began to search the fabric stores for a replacement.  I had another conversation with Nick and asked him what it was about that fabric that made him want me to use it.  He responded,  "I really like it. I like the color and all the curves".  This helped me start to look for the new fabric.

The flame fabric was selected and he liked it!  I added the Kona black and another piece of fabric from my stash.  The palette has been established.

Now for the design.  I sketched and doodled and finally reached my decision.

I would work with color blocks for a big statement.  I also found the backing fabrics in my stash collection.  Nick had picked out these fabrics when he and I went shopping one day.  He loved the ATVs and the dots.  They would be perfect for the back of this quilt.

Nick stretched out on it immediately to check it for size!

Then, of course, LilBit had to get in on the pictures!!

Result:  one happy grandson with his new quilt and one happier grandmother who had made the "perfect" quilt for him.



  1. Nice work Sandi this a wonderful quilt that I am sure your grandson will cherish..since he helped you pick out the fabric he was in it from the beginning and that is special.

    1. Thanks, Sharon. I love that both of my grandsons love my work.

  2. Nick has good taste. This was a combined project between you and him.\

    Love it.