Preston’s Second Quilt

This quilt was a long time coming.


I started making this quilt before my son, Preston, went to Japan a couple years ago. I thought it would be great for him to have something from home while living so far away.


The reality of getting a quilt to Japan is difficult and expensive. He was only allowed a 50 pound suitcase to take on the plane and shipping it would cost a fortune. This queen-sized quilt weighs a ton!


So, instead of rushing the process, I put it on the back burner and planned to get it completed while he was gone. He’d have a great quilt when he came home!


Although he LOVED Japan, the school didn’t work out as well as we thought and Preston came home six months early. Timing as it was, I didn’t get the quilt completed. The joke soon became that I wouldn’t get it completed until his wedding day and, no, he’s not engaged.


So, just to prove my husband and son wrong, I got serious and finally finished it. After completing it a month ago, I was finally able to get some photos today.

My son just walked by and said, “Oh my gosh, you’re posting pictures.  Does that mean I can finally use it?”


Preston jokingly said he wanted a quilt that was 50 shades of gray (Yeah, old reference. That’s how long we’ve been talking about it) and one triangle. Well, I found 12 shades of gray Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman. I love how green and brown some of those grays look.


I just cut 5-inch squares with a 2-inch sashing between the blocks and semi-randomly sewed them together.


I ended up calling this quilt Zen Garden and quilted rows of curving lines as if you were dragging a rake through sand.


Quilted on my dining room table with my regular domestic sewing machine, it was a wrestling match to fit shove the quilt through the harp.


But, it’s done and ready to be used just as we’ve finally had a cold snap. The back-stop at the park was a great place to hang it and snap some pics.


I made Preston’s first quilt in 2009. My skills have come a long way since then.

2 thoughts on “Preston’s Second Quilt

  1. mmm Leslie, I adore this modern grey quilt. I have a big crush on grey. And, your story is so great. Totally relatable, having time to finish while Preston was in Japan, then foiled by his early return, lol, and at least it didn’t get relegated to being a quilt for his first born. I really admire the quilting, the design, the name, and his adorable question, “Now can I use it?” Nice work.

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