From Grandmom

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a little while may recall that my mom — aka Grandmom — has a tradition of making each of her grandchildren a bed quilt for their second birthday. Both urchins got their twin beds from Papa and I for their second birthday so the quilt giving is perfectly timed.

Quilt from Grandmom

You may remember my goal with these quilts is that they be fun but not too juvenile and not too themed – cowboy, or fairy princess, or anything — because I want them to have longevity. Well, I think my mom made another perfect one. We decided on a log cabin pattern and we started with some fabrics from the Michael Miller Dick & Jane line. I wanted it to be very scrappy and not traditional log cabin blocks where one side is light and the other is dark — examples of what I mean here and here.

Quilt from Grandmom

My mom decided to use a red square as the foundation for each log cabin and I think that was a smart decision. It brings some continuity to the quilt. She ended up using all kinds of prints and some solids. There are lots of cars and robots and cowboys and Indians and dots and stripes and plenty for Tristan to look at but I think when you stand back and look at it it looks less like a little boy quilt and more like a cool scrappy log cabin quilt — exactly what I was hoping for.

Quilt from Grandmom - Closeup

Grandmom sends these quilts out to be machine quilted — they hold up better with all the washing that way — and the woman who quilted it asked my mom if she made it from a kit or a jelly roll pack. Then when she met the quilter at the local quilt shop to pick up the quilt they laid it out on the table and everyone oohed and ahhed. We’re still oohing and ahhing too and enjoying the coziness of the new quilt from Grandmom.

Quilt from Grandmom

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26 Responses to “From Grandmom”


  1. 1 Beth H November 29, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Goodness, I wish my little two year old would get such an amazing gift! I did get one for my wedding though so I might be able to commission my aunt to do the same for the little one’s birthday.

    The quilt is absolutely beautiful and just perfect for a little guy!!

  2. 2 bluebirdbaby November 29, 2007 at 11:45 am

    It’s just lovely!! I bet it will be passed down for generations. What a great tradition!

  3. 3 Shelba November 29, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    What a beautiful quilt! A treasure. There is no gift more meaningful than a quilt made for you by someone who loves you!

  4. 4 Julie November 29, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Wow! Wow! Wow! What an awesome grandma! (And an awesome mom!) That is a gorgeous quilt.

  5. 5 marie November 29, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    wow, what a treasure!

  6. 6 Courtney November 29, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    It’s really stunning, and the toys yesterday were amazing as well…

  7. 7 Alicia A. November 29, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    More wows from me today too. WOW.

  8. 8 Anita November 29, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    That is an awesome quilt! What a lucky little boy!

  9. 9 emily November 29, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    fan-fan-fantastic. a very lucky little boy. really, a very lucky whole family!

  10. 10 erin November 30, 2007 at 10:27 am

    i’m ooohing and aaahing too.

  11. 11 twiddletails November 30, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Wow! Stunning! Can I turn two next???

  12. 12 Solidia November 30, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    What a beautiful quilt!

  13. 13 tamara November 30, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    What a beautiful quilt and such a fabulous gift to give a growing wee one. A great transition to the big bed 🙂 You are very fortunate to have a crafty mum.

  14. 14 martha November 30, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    It’s just stunning. wow. I would love to have something like this for the boys.

  15. 15 Thimbleanna December 1, 2007 at 3:11 am

    Oh. Very. Big. Sigh. It’s just beautiful!

  16. 16 heidi December 1, 2007 at 8:25 am

    it’s a quilt to grow with the child…and I love the Dick and Jane line, good solid colors

  17. 17 kathy December 1, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Gorgeous. It’s certainly more difficult than it looks to give a scrappy quilt a pulled together design. I love the traditional influence of using the red square for the center of the block along with all the contemporary colors and prints. This will definitely be a treasured gift. I LOVE that he’s already snuggled under it!

  18. 18 Alison December 1, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Hi there, visiting for the first time. I just love the red log cabin quilt. It is just stunning. I made my first log cabin this summer.

  19. 19 amandajean December 2, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    so so wonderful! I try to aim for longevity with my quilts too. i save the themed thing for pillowcases. they are easier to change out on a whim.

  20. 20 randi December 4, 2007 at 12:31 am

    The quilt is gorgeous!

  21. 21 mollyl December 4, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    what an amazing gift. I can only imagine how your children will cherish those! wow.

  22. 22 JoAnna December 7, 2007 at 11:31 am

    ooohing and Ahhhing. Lovely. What a special keepsake.

  23. 23 sheree December 10, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Oh, the quilt and the bed are gorgeous. And so is your little guy!

  24. 24 Belém December 12, 2007 at 5:34 am

    Wonderful gift for a grandson. I am a fan of logcabin quilts and this one is gorgeous.

  25. 25 Amy December 20, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    What a great quilt, sometimes less is not more! So vibrant and beautiful : )

  26. 26 Suzanne July 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Hi, I know this blog post is really old but I came across this quilt and I fell in love. I’m just wondering how many different types of fabric were used and about how much yardage per fabric? I’d like to try a version of my own for my 4 year old.


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