Sunday, September 1, 2013

Mom's Undercover Music Quilt

Each August, for the last 3 years, my mom flies out here to Eastern Oregon from hot muggy Dallas, TX to see us and to escape the heat.  It's becoming a tradition to take her to see snow in August.  She loves to camp and this is also an opportunity for us to camp and travel with her.  We've been to Glacier National Park, Mt Rainier, and this year, Mt Hood.

Last time I visited her, I took a good inventory of the colors and decor of her bedroom, and started scheming out a queen-sized bed quilt to make for her to send back with her to Dallas.  She's computer savvy, so I've kept this quilt under cover (har har), as I wanted it to be a surprise.

I saw a similar quilt / pattern at our local quilt show in May, and used my EQ7 program to design it.  I used my "Tri-Recs" ruler that I won last year to make the triangle blocks.

My mom's passion is music and gardening, so I found some cream batik fabric with music notes on it, and some blue botanical fabric to match her room decor.  I also added a musical "touch" to the quilting.

I used my new "go-to" method of labeling via the binding, and even added a quote to the back binding.

I had a panel of batik snowflakes in my fabric stash that matched the quilt perfectly, and used other stash and non-stash fabric to piece together the back.

She loved it!


  1. What a great story to go with a beauty of a quilt. Becky, your extra touches and quilting are gorgeous. She will take it home and cherish it always. What a wonderful gift.

  2. What a delightful story -- I'm not in the least surprised that your mother loves this thoughtfully planned and lovingly executed gift!

  3. Hi, Becky. I bet that was a tough secret to keep. Very pretty quilt. Those classic designs are so pleasing. Lucky mom!
    best, nadia

    PS. I could use a little bit of that snow right now, too! over 100 today...