There be dragons

So, I have this grandson, who was having a birthday. And the kid loves dragons–really loves dragons. So I thought I ought to make him a blanket as I did for his brother a couple of years ago (the brother wanted snakes. Surprisingly cheery, in fact.) And since my town actually has a genuine fabric store–yay, Hart’s!–I wandered in and found dragon fabric, and cotton batting, and gorgeous orange fleece.

I laid it out on the table and pinned it in place with safety pins:

and trimmed the edges of all three layers:

and pinned all the edges with straight pins to run it through the trusty sewing machine–et voilà, a cozy dragon quilt.

Then came a cake.  For which chocolate always works, of course. But since the theme of the day was, you know, dragons, and since the local party shop weirdly enough had nothing dragonic, I ended up with three dinosaurs.  And discovered that if you put bright and shiny wings onto a T-Rex and an Alkylosaurus, they look like dragons.

And the candle in the mouth means they even breathe flames (with a snow-capped volcano nearby.)

A grandmother’s win.

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  1. Arl3 on March 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm


  2. Storyteller Mary on March 25, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Well done! I once subbed in for a tardy face painter, because I had time before storytelling . . . time but not much talent, so I promised simple art, like sun, or flowers. A young boy wanted a dragon . . . on his arm. I consulted with him for every step of the work, and his parents watched, so they all knew and could “see” what was what. He was pleased, and they were pleased that he was, and I was happy that face paint smears away fairly quickly. 😉

  3. Darlene Allen on March 25, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Perfect! The best of Gramma innovation! And without making yourself crazy. ☺️

  4. Julie A on March 25, 2019 at 4:45 pm


    • Laurie King on March 25, 2019 at 8:36 pm

      You’d prefer maybe dragonoid?

      • RAH on March 25, 2019 at 9:46 pm

        Draconic is the ‘right word’ but honestly these are all SO CHEERY and CUTE that the softness of dragonic really works, and i like it! Hope your grandsons treasure them. 🙂 #wordgeek

  5. Pat Gal on March 25, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Nice blanket! Love the dragon cake, clearly you’ve been blessed with a great imagination!

  6. Nancy Gordon on March 25, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    What a great grandmother you are. Very cute!!

  7. Judy Nappa on March 28, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Laurie, I might snag an idea or two for my own grandson who is a dragon-lover as well. Your creativity is just awesome – thanks for sharing this.

  8. Penny C on April 2, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    I’m floored. You write those wonderful books — AND you sew??? Thanks for the link to your fabric store; I have nowhere near me to shop and I am delighted by what I see at Hart’s!

    • Laurie King on April 2, 2019 at 7:54 pm

      Oh, Harts is indeed great.
      And of course I sew, I’m of the generation that only had store-bought clothes for important functions. I made my own clothes until my kids were half-grown, and pre-made things became cheap.

  9. Stephanie Lee on April 6, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Lucky Grandchildren! I’m Stephy, I bought The Beekeepers Apprentice the very day it arrived at our Women & Children First Bookstore twenty years ago. Ever since, I watch for times when I have money and you have new books. This year I am 69 years on this blue & white orb.
    I’m amazed and embarrassed that this is the first time I have reached out to you just how much pleasure and excitement and delight the Russell /Holmes adventures have brought me over the years! Thank you and you are a blessing in my life!

    • Laurie King on April 9, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Women & Children–love them!
      And I’m glad to be sharing the orb with you, Stephy.

  10. MA on April 25, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    And at the proper time, he can be introduced to the Temeraire series . . . 😉

    • Laurie King on May 10, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      Be a while yet.

  11. Janis Harrison on May 29, 2019 at 5:26 pm


  12. Ro Sila on June 12, 2019 at 5:51 am

    If you can find a coy of Brother Billy Bronto’s Bygone Blues Band (out of print), he’ll LOVE it.

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