Friday, March 31, 2017

Pink and Pink {Quilt}


Shelby: "My colors are blush and bashful".
M'Lynn: "Her colors are pink and pink."
Shelby: "My colors are blush and bashful Momma."

"Pink is my signature color"
-Steel Magnolias


If you have been around here since 2013, you may recognize this quilt.  But you might be confusing it with the original, called Blush and Bashful, I made my aunt in August of that year.  She was diagnosed with cancer and has since passed away.


 My cousin, her son, had returned it to me along with some other items.  I had extra fabric and had told him at the time that I had planned on making his daughter a quilt of her very own with it.
Time went by and he mentioned that he wished he had kept it for his daughter.  He immediately felt terrible for saying it and we further talked about me still making her own.  I started cutting out the block parts knowing I really wanted to work quickly on it.  


But I just couldn't get it out of my head.  I felt guilty keeping a piece of her grandmother for myself.  This past fall I sent her the quilt back with her very own Poppy pillow.


In February, I noticed on my WIP board that it was waiting for the piecing stage and really I didn't have anything pressing to do.  The anniversary of her death had just passed and it just seemed right to start on it.


I have to admit, the first time I made the quilt, it seemed to take forever.
 This time, it flew.


 When I returned from Quiltcon, I loaded it up and decided to go a different path than the original with the quilting.


 I've been intrigued by a fellow longarmer's use of large paisley and swirls
 and thought I would give it a try.


 It certainly isn't perfect, but I had a lot of fun.  I'm ambivalent about the choice of thread I made.  I already had a light grey loaded up from a previous quilt and thought it would be okay. It certainly isn't horrible, but is probably not my first choice.


I finished up quilting, just in time, to take it on the road for Spring Break and finish the binding.


 Instead of hunting down more Moda Blush fabric, which I confess, has never been "me" but my aunt's taste.   I eyed this Raspberry backing by Riley Blake when I was a my friends home shop.  It isn't the exact match, but I liked how it gave it a little punch to suit my love for brighter colors!


 The binding is a sweet bias striped pink fabric from the Olive's Flower Market by Lella Boutique.


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 54" x 70"
Pattern: Poppy Print from Simply Fat Quarters book by Fat Quarter Shop
Fabrics: Top: Moda Blush, Robert Kaufman Pale Flesh, Backing: Riley Blake Raspberry Parlour by Sue Daly, Binding: Moda Olives Flower's Market
Quilted: Free motion paisley and swirls on HQ Avante


All finished. 


Just in time for Spring!



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