The Second Time Around

When I was trying to think of what to make in pink for this month, I realized I had been looking at something for years without noticing it.

In the 1980s I was experimenting with a lot of different quilting projects. One of the things I tried was paper piecing, making tumbling blocks. At the time I made several of them in muted tones and didn’t know what to do with them. I happened to come across a striped fabric containing the same range of colors. This was just the size for a wall hanging. So I scattered the blocks on the striped background and stitched them down. Then I machine quilted it.

Stitching the shadow lines of the blocks first was very effective, then stitching the stripes themselves.

It just so happened that I made this at the time my daughter was leaving to go to college, so I named the quilt “My Baby’s Gone and Left Me”.

For the last seven years this has been hanging in my bathroom where I can see it every day. The bathroom colors are coordinated with it.

This summer is the second time around for this theme because her daughter is going off to college in the fall. I’m happy that she is going to be attending the University of Wisconsin here in Madison, living on campus, not gone hundreds of miles away.

So this proud grandma is delighted that I will be seeing my granddaughter several times during the year while she is close to home.

I’m linking up with Angela at Cynthia at

21 thoughts on “The Second Time Around

  1. I love this hanging and especially the way you quilted it. Very clever and effective. I thought you were going to say you made it again hence meaning SECOND TIME AROUND


  2. So fun to see this and hear the meaning behind it. It’s bittersweet when our kiddos leave and go far away. Glad your granddaughter will be close by, so you can see her now and then. You should link this post up with Throwback Thursday at mmm!Quilts.


  3. The quilting really sets it off! Your Second Time Around is wonderful. I sometimes enjoy trying designs a couple times just to see what I can do differently!


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