Monday, December 31, 2018

A Quilt Like Dad's - OMG December Finish

My One Monthly Goal for December was to complete quilts for my son and daughter in time for Christmas, and I made it! You can read about the inspiration here, but basically both my kids wanted "a quilt like Dad's", which was one that I made for him in the early 1980s. In the picture above, son's quilt is on the left and daughter's quilt is on the right, with Dad's in the middle.

I hand-tied instead of quilting and machine-sewed the bindings on both.

The backs of both quilts - son's is above and daughter's is below.

The quilts were a surprise, especially since we had drawn names and they weren't expecting a gift from me. The looks on their faces when they realized what was inside their bags made me very happy! They were both quite pleased.

My son's quilt colors were pretty close to the colors in his Dad's
quilt with cream, dark brown, tan, dark blue, and denim.

For my daughter's quilt I chose cream, dark red, dark purple, mustard,
and a splash of aqua, and I added a band of gray above and below.

A quilt by any other name would feel the same!
My concept of an ideal quilt - a pieced design, low-loft batting, and a complimentary quilting pattern - is not the same as that of my son and daughter. They still view the quilt like their Dad's as "the quilt" - one with cheater fabric, puffy batting, and hand-tied quilting! And the purpose of the quilts is comfort and enjoyment, so mission accomplished.
Don't worry too much about the density of quilting
When I "quilted" my husband's quilt, I hand-tied about 4-5 inches apart. That quilt has been laundered and used, and the ties have pretty much disappeared, but the 35+ year-old quilt is still holding together with no bunched-up batting.

Son's Quilt:
Approximately 48" x 68"
Random piecing, no pattern

Front fabrics:
Grunge (blues) by Basic Grey for Moda
Memories of The Civil War II by Jodi Barrows for Studio E
Eclectic Elements (Bottle Caps) by Tim Holtz for Free Spirit Fabrics
Enchanted Pond by Holly Taylor for Moda
Scraps from stash

Hand-tie thread:
Bonbons by Lion Brand Yarn 100% cotton
Woolies Flannels by Bonnie Sullivan for Maywood Studios
Hobby Lobby cotton
So Fine Pearl (#402) by Superior Threads

Daughter's Quilt:
Approximately 47" x 68"
Pattern adapted from Jedi Craft Girl's Birdies for Baby

Front fabrics:
Atelier by 3 Sisters for Moda (I've hoarded this for a few years)
Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell for AGF
Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz for Free Spirit Fabrics
Elizabeth's Dowry by Karen Styles For Marcus Fabrics
One of her Dad's old plaid shirts
Hand-tie thread:
DMC 6-strand Ecru
Hobby Lobby flannel
Grunge in Moutarde by Basic Grey for Moda
So Fine Pearl (#402) by Superior Threads

I am linking to Pattie's OMG Finish for December


  1. What a great gift for your son and daughter. Congrats on getting them done in time for Christmas.

  2. You are blowing my mind with your productivity! They are all beautiful, of course, but my favorite is your son’s quilt on the left. I love the fabric and colors. Happy new year, Linda!

    1. Hah! Now you know how I feel about your "mind-blowing" creativity Pattie. :)
      Thank you for your kind comments. Happy new year to you too.

  3. These are just wonderful, Linda! I love that your kids were surprised, and it definitely looks like they will enjoy and get lots of comfort from their gifts. You did it!

  4. Best gifts ever. Unexpected, nostalgic, and cozy. There is something wonderful about puffy, tied quilts. And yes, tied quilts are quilts! Have a wonderful new year, Linda!

    1. Thank you Janine. Yes I agree those are the best kind of gifts. :)

  5. What great gifts for your kids! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!


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