Rolfe’s wife, Susan, is an art quilter, and the correspondence with quilted maple used in a couple of custom Phoenix mandolins suggested a quilting inlay theme for a quilted maple mandolin. The mandolin was begun in 2006—quilted maple sides, back, and neck with a super premium Engelmann top—but languished as various attempts to create relevant inlays didn’t work out. Finally, at the end of 2008, the project came clearly to mind and was finished.