18 June 2014

My Favorite Quilt

                                                  Sew Mama Sew is hosting a month long series of

and without thinking twice about it, my favourite has to be the one I made for my Mom's 90th birthday.

Best of All

When was it made, what pattern did I use and what fabrics did I choose?

I made this quilt in 2012 for Mom's 90th birthday which we celebrated in the Drakensberg Mountains in Natal, South Africa.  She lives in her own little cottage in a retirement village in the leafy suburb of Kloof.   The block pattern I used is from McCalls Quilting and is called "Best of All".  I have always loved this block and here was just the occasion to make it into a quilt.  I made a small alteration in the placement of colours in each block which is not according to the pattern.  I used mostly fabrics from my stash for the blocks and purchased the fabrics for the sashing, cornerstones and borders.

Have I shown it in any shows?

No I have not.  I finished it on the eve of her birthday and gave it to her the next day.

What memories or people does it make me think of?

Obviously it makes me think of my Mom and I remember the anticipation I felt while making it as I knew that she would be so thrilled to receive it.  I think it also makes her feel proud of "her talented daughter" as she puts it!!!

What do I like best about it?

I think because it gave me the opportunity to make a pattern that I had had for so long and because free motion quilting is my absolute passion, it gave me a chance to do many different quilting designs on it.

How did I grow as a quilter while making it?

Oh without a doubt I found I had to be extremely accurate with my cutting and piecing as there are so many pieces in each block; more so than I had ever been and so, therefore, realizing how important accuracy and ¼ inch seams are.

If I made it again, what would I do differently (if anything)?

I would not change a thing, actually I probably wouldn't ever make it again!

Where is the quilt now?

It has pride of place on my Mom's bed.  At age 92 she takes it off every evening to get into bed and puts it on every morning when she remakes it.

I have so enjoyed recalling the making of this quilt and have loved seeing everyone elses' "Favorite Quilts".  Hop on over to Sew Mama Sew  to see some really gorgeous favourite quilts.

Happy quilting,


Addendum:  I was so excited to have won one of three $25 gift vouchers donated by Fabricworm for participating in "My Favorite Quilt"!


  1. it is a beautiful quilt .. with a LOT of work and love sewn into it x thanks for sharing x

    1. Thank you Diane-crewe, I appreciate your comment!

  2. Oh my, I love this quilt!!! It is beautiful!! The colors are perfect, so bright yet so warm and cozy!!! Love it!!!

    1. Hi Martha, thanks for visiting and for your encouraging remark. Do I recognize you from our postcard swap group?

  3. Carolyn your quilt is wonderful! I love the colors and I love that your mom uses it everyday. I shared my favorite quilt at http://blog.patsloan.com/2014/06/pat-sloan-my-favorite-quilt-.html

    1. Thank you for your comment Pat. I have enjoyed reading your blog for many years and follow your teachings. I have visited your blog and left a comment.

  4. That quilt is fantastic! I love the memories that you have with this quilt and I'm sure your mother loves it!!

    1. Thanks for taking a peek Cathy, and yes she loves it!