Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Finally . . . a flannel quilt for Brad

Last spring, I made a college graduation quilt for Haley’s boyfriend. When I showed it to my husband, he asked, “Is that for me?” He knew darn well that it was for Cameron, but I felt a twinge of guilt. I realized I hadn’t made a quilt just for Brad in several years. When I told him that I’d make him one for Christmas, he asked for an exact replica of Cam’s quilt. Even though it won’t be much of a surprise, I’m still excited to see him open his present next week. I know he will love it.

This is the third quilt I’ve made from the gorgeous Farmhouse Flannels II collection by Primitive Gatherings for Moda. The color range includes a fantastic mix of steely grays, warm browns and soft neutrals. Some of the grays even lean blue, which I really like. And the quality of the flannel is heavenly! I used a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop website called “Picnic” by Zen Chic. The pattern finishes at 72” x 83” and is layer cake friendly.  

Through the wonderful Instagram quilting community, I’ve met another terrific long-arm quilter, Katy of Woods Edge Quilting. She is located in Minnesota and lives not far from me. Katy helped me select this fun “Maze” pattern for Brad’s quilt. I love that it’s both masculine and a bit whimsical. In fact, when Katy and I texted ideas back and forth, her sons also voted on their favorite options for Brad’s quilt. Isn’t it cool that Brad’s quilt was in such great hands? Katy has quilted a few other projects for me recently, and I can’t wait to show them to you in the coming weeks.

I likely won’t blog again until 2021, so I would like to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. May the coming year be a blessing to you. And may you find the time to get carried away quilting!



  1. I really like the Farmhouse Flannels -- they are the best flannels I have found in quite awhile. Very nice pattern for a man and I also really like the quilting pattern. Good for you for getting one made for Brad, he will be really surprised that you did get him one done. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & yours.

    1. Merry Christmas to you as well, Leona! Thanks so much for reading. :)

  2. Isn't it wonderful that a simple pattern can still be so effective and make a wonderful quilt. Happy Holidays.

    1. You are so right! Simple is very often the way to go!
      Happy holidays to you as well!


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