Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Full circle

 I have been away from home for nearly 3 weeks so have not gotten any sewing done.  I did go to a quilt store in Virginia, where my son just moved, and did a little damage.  They were kind enough to offer me one of their machines to use while I visit!  It's fun to see fabric in different parts of the country.

I didn't get my mini done (or didn't take a picture before leaving) but did want to share this picture of a quilt I made for my son (who is now 33) when he was 3 yrs old.

This was a pattern that I used many times and still love.  What's so amazing to me is that my son's boys, now 4 and 1,  use this quilt.  So this quilt has gone full-circle.  I could never have dreamed at the time that the quilt I made when he was 3 would be used by his own children 30 yrs later!

I didn't know how to chain stitch back then (1991) so I did some sort of stitching to embroider the year.  There's no label (who knew to do labels back then??)

I think it needs a new binding but otherwise, it's just fine!  [--secret--I did look on Craigslist to see if I could pick up a used machine to keep at my son's since I expect to visit as much as I can!].  Anybody live near Ashburn, Virginia??

When my son was in the Marines Reserve Office Candidate's School in Quantico two years ago, I made him a quilt to commemorate his graduation.  Here are his sons playing on the quilt.  Another amazing example of a quilt coming full-circle!

I am finally able to download some of my pictures from our getaway to the New England Quilt Museum and wanted to share my favorite from the Pilgrim Roy exhibit!

I love the way the yellow flowers complete the main block but then form a secondary pattern. I could look at this for hours.

I also want to share a couple of pictures of some of Wendy Reed's (constantquilter) quilts which were on exhibit.  Hopefully she won't mind!

She did this one just this year as part of the sew-along hosted by Céçile and Corinne in France, where we needed to do curves.  Well, Wendy outdid herself!

When I get back to California this weekend, I'm going to pull some fabrics to start making some circles.  Such a simple but striking idea!

Look at this fabulous applique quilt she did.  Wendy does the most amazing appliqué.  I'll be happy to tell you that she even gave me some tips to help improve my stitches, which are definitely in need of help!

I'll be back in California this weekend and hopefully will get some sewing machine time and can share my May mini!!

Take care, stay well and be safe!




  1. Oh, a sweet dinosaur quilt, Randy. Funny--my sons are in their 30s and I made them little dinosaur quilts once upon a time. But neither one of them have children of their own yet, so those quilts are still tucked away at my house. Yours is a lot cuter than what I made. I really like that patriotic quilt, too. Fun photo of the boys reclining on it. :)
    Thanks for more photos from the museum. I really like the circle quilt, but don't know if I can bring myself to do something similar, like you are going to do. It involves applique, and you know me and applique. LOL

  2. Love, love, LOVE Wendy's Circle quilt!! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. I enjoyed your post! It's nice to know that quilts we make for our family members are loved and often passed on to the next generation. I think one of the reasons we love working with cloth is that we - and the recipients of our quilts - can wrap up in it and feel all that comfort and love! That Whig Rose was one of my favorites at the exhibit too - was that 2 weeks ago already! :)

  4. its wonderful that the quilts are going full never think of that when making one.......
    lovely quilts in the exhibition.....

  5. What a joy it must be to have a quilt come full circle. And it's a lovely one too. Lovely picture of the kids. Pilgrim Roy Yellow Daisy is FABULOUS. Those daisies make a perfect circle in the negative space. WOW! Love what Wendy did too. She has such a great talent. Thanks for sharing these wonderful quilts with us. ;^)

  6. What a sweet story of your son's quilt and your grandsons. This is the exact reason why quilters quilt. Thank you for sharing your story.

  7. There is something about sons and quilts! Such a sweet story and comes full circle. Wendy's quilts are awe inspiring!

  8. Hi again. I just checked out where Ashburn VA is. My sister in law lives in Bethesda, MD and her son, our nephew, and his family live in Reston, VA - very near to Ashburn. We occasionally visit. Maybe our paths will cross one of these days in that neck of the woods!🙂

  9. Oh Randy, that is the sweetest thing ever! I love that it lasted this long and the boys now use it. So sweet! I am so excited to hear you will be cutting some circles when you get home. There is nothing like sitting and appliqueing a simple circle to ease the stress of the day. I look forward to watching your progress.

  10. What a cute quilt for Ben! I love the rail fence quilt graduation quilt you made him too. cute photo of the boys.
    Have fun making circles and I'm sure you'll be happy to be home and sewing again.