Sometimes You Like Them. Sometimes You Don’t!

One of my daughters had a birthday yesterday, Friday.  She is five.  If you ask her what her favorite color is, she will answer, “Every color in the whole wide world.”  She has asked me to make her a “cozy” quilt for months.  I made her a fleece blanket.  She liked it until night when it lit up with static electricity.  She’s been scared of that blanket ever since.  That meant I needed to make her one with Minkee on the back.  A month or so ago I got some of Moda’s new Snuggles fabric that is like Minkee for her quilt. 
Then I took her to a fabric shop and asked her if there was any fabric there she wanted for her quilt.
Yes, sometimes that is the wrong question to ask a child.  At least I was smart enough to be in the clearance room when I asked her that question.  She instantly picked up a bolt of rainbow fabric from the Wizard of Oz collection.  Try as I might, I couldn’t talk her out of it.  It, of course, was perfect.  Her favorite color after all is “every color in the whole wide world.” 
Then, I wasn’t sure I would get it done for her birthday.  But I decided on making a star and found a piece in my stash that she also liked that coordinated with the rainbow.  Yesterday morning (by about 12:30 or 1:00) I finished her quilt — except for the binding which I finished today.  Here is the rainbow quilt:
Are your eyes as buggy as mine?  Whew!  Can you see the block?  No?  Didn’t think so.  Here it is: 
Oh!  Perfect example of how NOT to make a two-color quilt. I can’t say I really like it. That really isn’t what’s important here.  It is definitely a “cozy” quilt, and the proud owner of it loves it!  Wow!  Here’s a picture of the coziness and heart quilting pattern the five year old picked out as well as the matching pillowcase. 

I do really like the back! 


  1. Sherry
    August 1, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Yes it was hard on my eyes but when I was a kid that would of been my very best combo to look at. So Im glad that she loves the quilt.

  2. SheilaC
    August 1, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I could see the block!!! 🙂

    And I can see why it is the perfect quilt for a little girl. I am sure she will treasure it and that is all that matters, right??


  3. pirate
    August 1, 2010 at 3:06 am

    I am *so* impressed that you got *all* the rainbow stripe fabric going the same way! If I get distracted, many times the pieces have the stripes going the other way.

    And, in the end, it doesn’t really matter if you like it or not. It’s not for you! You just gotta satisfy your “client”. 🙂

  4. georgie
    August 1, 2010 at 5:49 am

    It’s lovely and I agree with pirate at the end of the day it’s your 5 year old client you need to satisfy!lol.
    Georgie x

  5. Miss 376
    August 1, 2010 at 6:54 am

    The joys of being a mum. Well done on getting it all finished, and as your daughter loves it, that’s all that matters

  6. Trudi
    August 1, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Reminds me of daughter at a slightly younger age, chose a beuatiful bright flowered fleece, but burst into tears when she realised I’d put it on the back! She loved that quilt, and always had it fleece side up on her bed, every time. Kids always know what they like despite us! LOL Beatufil quilting 🙂

  7. Gene Black
    August 1, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Ha ha.. I would have probably decided that it would make a great BORDER and Binding, then used something simpler for the rest of the quilt.

  8. Needled Mom
    August 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I’ll bet she absolutely loves it!

  9. Jandi
    August 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    My daughter had me make her a pink camo frog quilt. Not my taste, but it is nice to see them smile! I am also impressed with your ability to keep all of the fabric going the same direction! I think my eyes would have gone buggy!

  10. Sandy
    August 1, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Just the kind of quilt a 5 year old would want….she will always treasure it….and I love the back too!

  11. kaye
    August 2, 2010 at 4:23 am

    The best quilts are loved quilts. Therefore, this is one of your best.