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Pinwheels for Pop

This finish is for my Grandfather.  We are celebrating his 90th birthday this weekend, and this is my contribution.

My grandfather is a remarkable individual.  A WWII veteran and POW, and farmer and entrepreneur.  He made, and lost, several fortunes over his lifetime.  He was all too often a man ahead of his time, thinking great big picture before his contemporaries were ready.  My grandmother died when I was only 10, and I can't say he was the most involved of grandfathers after that, but I still admire many things about him and love him very much.  He's actually become much more involved recently.  He dotes on his great-grandchildren, and gets the biggest kick out of Isadora running up to give him hugs.  

This is made from a kit from the Fat Quarter Shop, that I've had for quite some time.  When he saw the quilt I made for Grandma and Grandpa asked where his was, this was the obvious choice.  I love the regal, masculine colors.  I backed it in a flannel, as lately he is always cold.  Hopefully he will be around to enjoy it for a while longer.


  1. I'm sure he will love it. (And it should keep him warm, too!) What a wonderful tribute!

  2. Wonderful quilt! He will love it because you made it for him...

  3. Congratulations on gorgeous finish!


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