A Quilt for Mother’s Day

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You may remember that a couple years ago I made my dad a quilt for Christmas.  Well, I still hadn’t gotten around to making a quilt for my mom.  That changed this year when I ran across the Sweet Life line by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics.  One of the fabrics in the line was a panel featuring 3 girls, and since I have 2 sisters, it was the perfect inspiration for a quilt.


I designed my quilt around the panel fabric using 6 and 12-inch economy blocks in coordinating colors and prints.

economy blocks

I purchased 2 prints from the line – Tiny Seeds in Blue and Pure Delight in pink – to pull everything together, but most of the fabric came from my stash.

tiny-seeds-print pure-delight-print

I really love how the quilt came out, and I’m hoping that my mom does too.

sweet life quilt

sweet life quilt

sweet life quilt

sweet life quilt

For the back of this quilt, I used a dark blue woven fabric to give the quilt a little more weight.  The binding was done in a vintage pink brushed cotton.

sweet life quilt

sweet life quilt

Mom, sisters and I with the quilt

Have you ever made anything for your mom (grade school projects don’t count)?  How did it turn out?


  1. anna in spain on May 12, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Beautiful quilt!! I have used that pattern of diamonds round the square for a couple of quilts. It’s good for “message” quilts too. I used plain muslin for the centre squares and then you can write whatever you want (or print it out, these days). I did Bible Verse quilts for a couple of friends.

    I love the fabric choices you have there. Everything is so expensive here, minimum 13 Euros a yard. I have a stash of “orphan” fabrics some US friends sent or gave me years ago, they’re not very nice but beggars can’t be choosers.

    • Andrea on May 12, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Thanks so much Anna! I love the idea of using this block for an autograph quilt. €13 certainly is expensive. I generally pay a little less than the equivalent of €9, here. Do your shops ever have good clearance sales? I find that’s the best way to get fabric for quilting. I also love getting the scrap and grab bags of fabrics. Since I do a lot of scrappy quilts, I find these to be very price friendly, while adding a lot of value to my stash. I also love that I often get fabrics that I never would have picked otherwise. Have you considered challenging yourself to make a quilt from just those “ugly” fabrics you have? Even if they aren’t your thing, I’m sure someone would love them, so maybe you could do a quilt from them and donate the finished quilt.

      I’ve also found that wholesale discount stores online are amazing. I love Quilt Fabric Closeouts. I don’t know what their shipping would be to get to you, but the discount in price might still make it worth taking a look.

      • anna in spain on May 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm

        Oh, yes, I have learned the “magic” of pulling together orphan fabrics and finding that they work! I’ve never seen a sale at our local quilt store; sometimes I get the feeling the lady just buys fabric she likes herself and if she doesn’t sell it, she can make it up! But when I made the quilts using your triangles-and-square motif, I pulled out all the scraps I had and used them. The first time, my friend likes just those colours I don’t care for–and yet had a lot of!–and when she saw the finished quilt she was thrilled. So was I–a home for the orphans at last! And the finished quilt looked very nice.

        • Andrea on May 14, 2014 at 9:12 am

          Yea! I love when you can find a home for all those orphaned fabrics. Is there a post on your blog about the quilt? I’d love to see what it looked like finished.

          • anna in spain on May 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

            I’m such a dinosaur, I don’t even have a digital camera, let alone a blog or a Facebook account. My cellphone makes and recieves calls and sends and recieves texts, and that’s it. Now you know why I hand quilt (and hand-sew most of my quilts)…I’m technologically challenged.

  2. Lorna McMahon on May 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

    What a wonderful use of that panel. The fabrics you chose all coordinate superbly and I love the design of the blocks you chose. Great job, Andrea!

    • Andrea on May 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Thanks so much Lorna. This was a fun project to work on. And the panel was full of color, so it was very easy to coordinate prints from my stash.

  3. WaggonsWest on May 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    This is an absolutely beautiful quilt. I am sure your mother will treasure it forever.

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