Nap Time

It was like waving chocolate or caramel in front of me. Better yet, chocolate with caramel.


I found these today…

…and I could not resist. Look at the gray, white, and mint green together! I could not help myself. Look at those elephants! Are they not adorable? The plaid and triangle fabrics blend beautifully. But, the I Love You in white and gray? I had to have them. All of them. A couple yards of each. It’s not my fault: they were 40% off.

I’m leaning on a dream (1) I’ve had for many, many years. Work, children, home improvements, and paying for college (theirs and mine) prevented me from taking action.

Until now. I’ve decided that now is the time. Right NOW.

That dream? Designing and selling quilts like those I made for my children.

When my kids were in grade school, I made each of them a blanket they could call their own, one they didn’t have to share. My only rule: they weren’t allowed to carry (drag) them up and down the stairs. If they wanted it for TV time, fine; someone would bring it downstairs. Likewise taking them upstairs. With hurried little feeties, I wanted no disasters. To my knowledge, they obeyed. (Key phrase: to my knowledge.)

It’s a quilt made with fabric of their choice and pieced together, scrappy style. They chose the fabric for the back–in this case whales, aviation, and bears–and for the top, they chose and I arranged. The borders on the back were each different depending on how much fabric I had or needed. They are quilts but not “quilted” in the usual manner; rather, these are tied because I wanted fluffy blankets.

This one, now faded and worn, belongs to my daughter:

kelseys-quiltSee the blocks with hot pink alligators? Two are badly torn. See the black and white polka dots? It used to be midnight black. The shoes were neon bright. The bears fabric on the back is coordinating, but not necessarily matching. That makes each blanket unique and personalized.

My daughter was the only one who took her blanket to college. It worried me–especially when she “left it” with a friend who fell in love with it–but I demanded she get it back. She did.

The next went to my oldest son. The orange spiders were neon bright, the background in the train fabric was fire engine red. See the striped fabric near the top? Every single color popped. Now, all are dull. All three blankets became worn and faded, but in their day, they were bright and full of energy. My children loved them.

tylers-quiltThis last one belonged to my second oldest, my second born son. Can you find the cracker jacks fabric? The football fabric? He chose whales for the back. It made a darned cute Christmas picture that year. Sadly, my son tossed it several years ago because, of the three blankets, by the time he left for college it was nothing but threads.

andrews-blanketAs I perused the aisles in the fabric store today, I was reminded of those much-loved blankets and how much I loved making them. I recalled their happy faces when each was completed. I decided: this must be carried on. The next one you see here will go to my as yet unborn grandchild. Oh, no. There is no news. To my knowledge, there are no plans for grandchildren. Yet. To my knowledge. None that I know of. So far…

But who says I can’t start on the blankets? 😉

I planned on buying flannel for the back when the top is finished but I might not have to. Look who jumped off my fabric shelf! Little mint green bears.


Not matching, but coordinating.

I bought this piece when the kids were little and I’m guessing it was for my girl. When she was little, I stenciled mint green bears on her bedroom walls. I used to say, “Good night, Kelsey!” and “Goodnight bears!” when I’d put her to bed. The bears are long gone, but, to this day she remembers my goodnight wishes.

Oh, yes. Something tells me the time is RIGHT NOW.

Photos are coming. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, I’m nurturing my dream….

(1) OK. I’ll fess up. This is only one of my dreams. The other (major and long-time) dream is also in the works. More on that very soon. Hint: it has to do with teeth.

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  16 comments for “Nap Time

  1. May 17, 2017 at 9:45 am

    What a wondrous dream you have and the charming blankets you made for your children convince me you will achieve your dream. At age 75, I still cherish a quilt my mother and grandmother hadn’t quilted for me from scraps of fabric leftover from dresses my mother made for me until I was out of high school. It’s a a marvelous skill and gift you have, and I’m looking forward to sharing your journey with you through your blog.

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    • May 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Janet. I must admit, I’ve temporarily veered off into Gerontology Land, and while I’m having a ball, I do miss my projects. I just cannot sit in this house and type when it’s nice outside. I live in the PNW and we’re currently starved for sunshine. When we get a smidge, I’m outside in no time. But, I do believe I inherited the quilting gene; my great grandma and her daughter quilted and I absolutely love it. What I have yet to post is the quilt my grandma made for me when I was very young. I still have it. My sister has hers as well. Such treasures. And, my favorite type of quilting is from pieces, scraps, and old clothes torn up. Would love to see your quilt as well. Thanks for stopping by. ❤


  2. January 20, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Have fun with the new fabric! And I’m sure your kids cherished the quilts you made for them.

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    • January 21, 2017 at 7:54 am

      It was a fun project for sure, Ann. I’ll keep you posted on the new blankets. 🙂

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  3. January 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Multi-talented!!! Look at you go!! Love the pictures of the kiddos. ❤️

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    • January 20, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Well, I don’t know about the “talented” part as they were very basic, but, they were oodles of fun to make with the kids’ input. I miss those days. ❤ How are things in your neck of the woods?

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      • January 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

        Oh my gosh, I bet you do miss those days. They go quick.

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        • January 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

          It stuns me that my oldest is 30! He’ll be 31 this summer. How can that BE?!!? 😉 My phone battery was nearly dead so now I’ll go find your friend. ❤

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  4. Amy
    January 19, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Beautiful quilts and even more beautiful children!

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  5. January 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I was typing my comment here when my screen went sideways. Took a while to get it sorted out. 😦 So once again, I love those luscious fabrics and would have had a hard time resisting them too. Your quilts for your children were much loved. Threadbare is a testament. You will have great fun making new quilts with that lovely fabric and looking forward to seeing the end result.

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    • January 19, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      I had my daughter with me when I bought them and she highly approved. I look forward to starting this quilt. The fabric and its intended owner make all the difference. Threadbare for sure. He wore it out. I just wish I’d known when he threw it out so I could have taken a few photos. 😁

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  6. January 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Yup, dream are there to be nurtured and come true! And Oh those little cuties on the blankets…sigh! So yes please, more photos of pretty quilts and the like! xo Johanna

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    • January 19, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Aw, thank you, Johanna. Yes, that picture of the kids brings back some great memories. ❤

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  7. January 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    What a great idea. Best of luck to you. I made a quilt for each of my babies while I was waiting for them to be born. When it was time for college, they each picked their fabric and design for a new quilt.

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    • January 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you! Sounds like we had the same idea. Yes, I’ve been itchin’ to start on this for many years. I love that your kids picked the fabric for a new quilt at college time. Would you be willing to share photos? I’d love to see them. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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