My mother-in-law, Onie, was a wonderful woman. She loved her kids and her grandkids and she loved to quilt. That was a perfect combination for really special quilts for my children.
My oldest son got this fun toddler quilt when he was just two. I loved the quilt and eventually got the pattern for it from Onie. We have things so much easier now than quiltmakers did then.
Onie’s pattern was from Family Circle magazine. Onie transferred it to an old roll-up window shade. She drew part of the pattern in pencil and part of it in felt-tipped pen.
Onie was a hand quilter. Look at the fun waves she made in the water area.
One of my favorite things is the label that Onie embroidered. She didn’t typically label her quilts. That makes this label even more special.
My son absolutely treasures this quilt. We used it on his bed for a few years but then I was smart enough to put it away as a keepsake. A few years after he left home, I gave it to him and he’s kept it safe ever since.
If you’d like to see the story of another of Onie’s quilts, check out my blog The Grandma Who Can Fix Anything.
Do you have a special someone you want to make a toddler quilt for? Here are a few pattern suggestions.
Zoe Zebra is one of my favorites.
Be sure to label your toddler quilt before you present it to your special little friend. The label is part of what makes it special.