Fostering Family Love with A Remnant Surprise #backtoschool #giveaway

by Krissy B-Inspired Mama

Krissy of B-Inspired Mama, 5 Minutes for Mom contributor, is here to share her insights into A Remnant Surprise through this review and giveaway. While we were compensated to write this post, our writers views and opinions remain her own.


I have fond memories of watching my Grandma hand sew patches together to make me my first quilt. It wasn’t anything fancy; just fabric and clothing scraps in basic squares, hand tied at the corners. But I loved it. And I still do.

It doesn’t match my decor now, and it’s getting pretty raggedy after 20-some years of use. But it’s still in my living room where my kids can snuggle under it now. Why? Because it’s full of love and memories. And that’s the emotion that author Vanessa Roam conveys in her sweet children’s book, A Remnant Surprise.

So I was really excited to share A Remnant Surprise with my kids. We snuggled under one of our handmade quilts and read it together before bedtime. I can see why A Remnant Surprise is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient with it’s heartfelt story of a Great Grandmother working to make each of her many grandchildren a special comforter.

What’s even more special is what she gets in return, from her Grandchildren, made out of all of the colorful remnants. It’s a sweet story about honoring family, tradition, handwork, and giving.

A Remnant Surprise was the perfect inspiration for us to look at the quilts that my Grandmother made for me. My kiddos loved listening to the stories and memories about their Great-Grandmother. And then the had fun using the coloring sheets from Vanessa Roam’s site to color their own quilts, too.


Enter to Win!

One lucky reader is going to get their chance to win their own autographed paperback edition of gold Mom’s Choice Award winning children’s book, A Remnant Surprise. This edition includes a free audio book download, too.  Just use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

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Krissy is a former art teacher turned full time mama of 3. She blogs at to connect moms with kids crafts, learning fun, family recipes, and creative parenting tips. 

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1 Anne August 13, 2013 at 10:45 am

My grandmother used to create wonderful quilts.


2 Kerrie Mayans August 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Yes, my grandmother had these quilts she had made with clown faces on them in the room where she would have my sister and I sleep and most of the faces were totally creepy scary clowns. It was weird.


3 vickie couturier August 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

yes I have my great grandmothers quilt,,it was in my grandmothers house for years,,its called a poststamp quilt,,all the pieces are hand sewn an are the size of a postage stamp,,she had 8 children this was back in the early 1900′s so you can imagine how long it must have took her to make this by hand


4 Jessica T August 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I made a quilt out of my mom’s clothes after she died :( I love it though. . .


5 Barbara Platt August 15, 2013 at 12:47 am

my grandma made me one


6 Jeanna August 15, 2013 at 10:18 am

My mom is an avid quilt sewer! My favorite one is the one she made when I got married over 10 years ago! Quilts can contain so many memories!


7 Nicole Sender August 17, 2013 at 1:02 am

My mom & I took quilting classes together and she made beautiful quilted and pieced jackets/


8 Nancy Kane August 17, 2013 at 4:54 am

My sister made crib quilts for four of my children. I know they will always treasure them and remind them of what a special person she is.


9 Charlene S August 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm

My aunt like to make me quilts.


10 April Yedinak August 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

My grandma always had nice, big warm quilts. When I would stay at her house, I loved it when she would tuck me in and I would get all warm and cozy.


11 latanya August 19, 2013 at 9:26 am

no, I do not


12 happymomc August 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

yes, my aunt made us several quilts!


13 Faye Brown August 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

My Gramma had a quilt and would always tell us how it was common in her day for families to add to the quilts and then pass them down.


14 DebbieKL August 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Very cute! My first quilt was made by my grandmother – one of her last before she went blind. Very special!


15 Patricia August 20, 2013 at 10:32 pm

My grandmother made a beautiful doll quilt for me from scraps .


16 Emily Linton August 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Not really, but my mother-in-law is a quilter, and has gotten me into it, so I’m sure there will be some upcoming memories around quilts!


17 Rosita August 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

My mother made beautiful, handsewn quilts.


18 DEBIJOT August 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm

My Mom had beautiful quilts.


19 jessica saunders August 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm

my mom has made a doll quilt for both of my girls, what a treasure.


20 samantha w August 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

No I don’t, my mom had a few, but none from family members


21 BusyWorkingMama August 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

I remember helping to make a school quilt in about 4th grade.


22 Shelly Leatham August 24, 2013 at 3:28 am

My grandma has made us all our own quilts over the years and it is so funny to look back over the different materials that were used through the decades!!


23 mamotts August 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm

many and have the old ones grandma made


24 Madonna August 26, 2013 at 8:52 am

I used to help my grandmother make quilts. I would cut out the patterns and help her piece them together.


25 Anne Lehnick August 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm

My great grandmother made lots of quilts during her lifetime. We had at least three or four of them at our house. We lived in home with no central A/C so we used space heaters to keep warm in the winter (and they didn’t keep us very warm). We would pile blankets on top of us and I remember the weight of those old quilts somehow seeming to add to the warmth. My grandmother bought us new fangled comforters with poly fill instead of the cotton batting in my great grandmother’s quilts. It just wasn’t the same.


26 michelle b. August 28, 2013 at 3:58 am

I have a quilt that was made for me when I was a baby. My great grandmother made quilts. We had quilts on the beds at my granny’s house and I have a quilt made by my great great granny.


27 chana August 28, 2013 at 6:13 am

playing with quilts in my grandparents basement


28 sandra August 28, 2013 at 7:23 am

i’m hoping to make a quilt with some of their kid clothes


29 sara haaf August 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm

watching my aunt and her relatives having a quilting party


30 Becky VanGinkel August 28, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Yes! My mom made squares that are in an AIDS quilt that was sent all over the US and squares added to it :)


31 Cindy B August 29, 2013 at 12:13 am

I can remember going to quilting bees with my grandma! I have a quilt she made for me with scraps of fabric from clothes she had made for me.


32 Saver Sara August 29, 2013 at 11:16 am

My grandmother would make quilts so I have some that are very special.


33 katklaw777 August 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Yes my Busia(grandma in Polish) used to do cross-stitch quilts.
First you do all the xxxxx’s in the top of the quilt, them she put a layer of flannel and then a bottom sheet. All that goes on a quilting frame and the 3 layers are quilted together.
It usually took over a year to make 1 quilt!
I have the one she made for my Mom it is done in shades of gold and browns…it is beautiful!


34 Nannypanpan August 30, 2013 at 3:58 am

My sons grandma made him a baby quilt when he was born


35 Diana Hatch August 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

I have a quilt my mom made for me when I was a baby. Love it!


36 T.h.Ransom August 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

My grandmother and aunt made beautiful quilts for my kids when they were babies and we still have them.


37 Meegan Whitford August 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

no i dont have any quilts or memories with a quilt but i want to make one for my niece and nephews I think it would be cool


38 kemberley crosswhite August 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

my mom made me a tchirt quilt from mine and my bros old tshirts :)


39 Brigette Streeper August 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I remember laying on an old quilt that had family members signatures… It was yellow and orange. I loved that quilt.


40 Cathy H August 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I have very fond memories of my grandmother and great grandmother making quilts. They would tell me about the pieces of cloth, and I always was able to sleep with one when I spent the night. They made a quilt just for me and I still have it – a treasure!


41 Karen Propes August 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm

My mom crocheted throws, but I got into quilting about 11 years ago. My daughter and I took classes which is a great memory to me. I make my Granddaughter themed quilts all the time. I make them about Nursery Rhymes, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Rabbit just to name a few. I always include a book about the quilt theme and a doll quilt like hers. She loves them so much, she dances around and trys to sleep with most of them every night. That’s why this giveaway sounded so good. A book about quilting, I know she would love it. She already wants to quilt with me. She’s 4 1/2 and she calls my sewing machine a “uchine”, she is so precious. Thanks for the chance.


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