A New Grown-up Quilt For My Cousin

One of my very special cousins lives in Chicago with her British husband, who makes me laugh in person, or when I read his fb posts. They have a son, Matthew who is in 4th grade, a daughter, Hannah, who is in 2nd grade, another son, Andrew, who just turned 1, and a large poodle, Dixie.

Of course all the children got baby quilts when they were born. Recently we were skyping. Matthew and Hannah spontaneously showed me their quilts, and told me how much they still love them. And they still sleep with them and put them on top of their blankets. Did I get that heartfelt warm and fuzzy feeling? Did I tear up? You bet I did. I never expected this, and I am so happy they are still enjoying them.

I decided that I would like to make each of them a single bed quilt that is age appropriate and larger. They can use the new quilt as they grow up, until they graduate high school,and bring to college if they want.

Today I am asking my readers for their opinion, and I am going to post the two options on The Late Night Quilters fb page too.

I’ve decided that I am going to use Aloha Girl, by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics for Hannah’s quilt. But I haven’t decided on a pattern yet.

For Matthew’s quilt I have two thoughts in mind. The first option is to use Heather Givens Succulents collection, with the Turning Twenty pattern.



Or I will use the Connect Four pattern from Country Girl Modern: 11 Modern-Traditional Quilts from the Junction, by Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken.

I love the simplicity of this quilt. It has a timeless, versatile style. 

So, please comment in the comment box below. Tell me which of the two you would make, and why. Thank you for your thoughts.

On a another note, I still haven’t heard from Joycita, the winner of reader appreciation week, and she didn’t list her e-mail or link it to her photo box in the comments section of this blog. If I don’t hear from her by tomorrow, my husband will pick a random number, and I will announce another winner on this blog, and hopefully reach you by e-mail. Yummy chocolate is the prize.

Happy Quilting!! 

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  • Reply Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl April 21, 2015 at 10:41 am

    The succulents fabric is so wonderful! I really like the Connect Four pattern, but will the patterns in the fabric show? If not, then I would use the first pattern. Good luck deciding, and how awesome that they love the quilts you made them. 🙂 <3

  • Reply Shauna April 21, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I like both patterns. I have made turning 20 quilts and they are easy do and really show off the prints. But a boy might prefer the simpler look of the

  • Reply Neil and Lorelei April 21, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I have made two of the Turning Twenty….Again patterns so I do like that. But I LOVE the Connect Four pattern! I vote for that one! would you use blue for the solid? I agree it's kind of timeless!
    I'll have to look that pattern up myself! Good luck in your endeavors! Lorelei

  • Reply scottylover April 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    They both are nice, but I would make the Connect Four if it was me. It looks more masculine to me. I love the simplicity of it and think it would be a pattern he would enjoy all the way through high school and beyond.

    Sandy A

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