Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pink Dreams

I finished the top of the pink baby quilt today. I am calling it 'Pink Dreams'. That name just seemed to fit for some reason. (grin) This one was just pure fun. I have a story for the fabric used in this little quilt. It may not be of interest to anyone but me. Since I also use the blog to help me remember things, I am going to tell my story. LOL
Ok, now for the story of the fabric...I was digging through some of my scraps and found a plastic container that said 'pink scraps'. When I opened it, I found 5 of these blocks. They are leftover from a quilt I made for the first granddaughter of a very good friend. I had forgotten that I had them.
The blocks were just the pink and white. I went to my stash and found the yellow. I had less than 1/2 a yard of this left. I had used this yellow in two other baby quilts.  I found one little strip of the pink daisy fabric used for the corner stones. I had about a yard of the pink in the block left. Then I found this blue paisley like fabric. I had about a yard of it. It was leftover from Ava's Heart quilt. I showed it to Kevin. He liked it with the other fabrics. So I went with it. I have learned that my husband has a good eye for color. I trust his judgment.
Photography is not my thing. Sorry things are kind of blurred and too light in places. Anyway, I now had the basic center done, but wanted something to add a little pazazz to it. I had never done a flying geese border. What better time than now? I also wanted to use 2 rulers that I have not used much. They are the Easy Angle and the Companion Angle. Using these two rulers together made the flying geese go very quickly. I love how they look, although I am not sure I would want to do them on the borders of a large quilt. (grin) I made 14 flying geese for each side of the border.
I decided to put pinwheels in the corners. Theses were kind of fun. Then I cut a thin border of the pink to go around the flying geese border. I laid out several different fabrics for this thin border, but Kevin said it had to be the pink, so pink it is. (grin)
Then I measured the paisley to see how wide I could make the outer border. I decided to cut it 3 inches wide. I used a little bit of the yellow and daisy fabrics to make four patches for the corner stones. That way the paisley did not have to be pieced.  I think the top turned out to be about 46 inches square. Bummer! Now the back will have to be pieced. Oh well. I hope to come up with enough scraps to put a stripe down the back of the backing. I had just enough of the pink left to make the binding.
Here are a couple of different angles of Pink Dreams.
Not bad for a quilt that is completely out of leftovers. (grin) I have one 2" wide strip of the yellow left, about 6" long by 2" wide of the daisy fabric, a strip about 4" wide of the paisley, and little bits and pieces of the pink left for my scrap bin. I am quite pleased with this one. Now I have to wait to quilt it. Too many projects ahead of it. It is going to be hard to wait, because my fingers are itching to be stitching. LOL

Tomorrow is grocery day, so I have been working on a list. Saturday some of the kids are coming to help us with some projects around here that need to be done before winter. I am fixing a big crock pot full of taco soup. I will get some tortilla chips to go with it. Carolyn is bringing a cooler of pop and water. I am also picking up some frozen pizzas. We will have the taco soup for lunch and anyone who hangs around gets frozen pizza for supper. (grin) Kevin starts a two week vacation Saturday also, so I will probably not be around much till towards the end of the month. I may try to post tomorrow. Depends on how grocery shopping goes. Everyone have a good day. Thanks for visiting.

23 comments:

Granny J said...

I love both the quilt and the story behind the fabric selection. Hope you have a great weekend with the kids.

Janet said...

I love the quilt. It is so cute. The story was cool too. Kevin may have to go into quilt design. It's nice to have another opinion with an eye for color. It turned out so nice and what a fun memory of having made it. Sounds like you will have a fun week-end. Thanks for your kind words for Rocco. He is feeling better tonight--kind of timid, but a good patient. Enjoy Kevin's time off!!

Just Ramblin' said...

It's always so fun to hear the story behind a project. Thanks for sharing.
Your quilt turned out so nice. Don't you just love Taco Soup. We just finished off the last of ours I made the other day. I had been dying for the weather to cool down so I could make some. Good luck with your weekend projects. Nola

Cyndi said...

Winona, your "Pink Dreams" quilt is beautiful. It just amazes me that you came up with that wonderful design "on the fly"! Wow!!! And Kevin does have a good eye for color...maybe I should let him pick out fabrics for my bags! LOL!!!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the time with your family. Also enjoy your time with Kevin during his vacation. I'll miss you, but will catch up when you get back. (And I'll hold off on my September give away until you're back! :o)

XOXO,

Cyndi

Jenny said...

Lovely colours Winona, that quilt is beautiful.

jillquilts said...

It looks great!!! Love the story! And I really like when quilts just come together like this! :)

Crispy said...

LOL, it was beginning to sound like you went treasure hunting with all your "finds"!! The quilt is beautiful Winona!! Who says you can't have two quilts going at once for hand quilting? Maybe set up a rotation schedule between the stitcheries and hand quilting :0)

Crispy (who is trying to be an enabler LOL)

Terry said...

It's a beautiful quilt! And how nice to have the story to go with it! :0)

quiltingnana said...

the quilt is so cute...and I loved the way you put your finds together

Bren said...

The quilt is BEAUTIFUL. I love baby quilts. Emerson has lost the baby thing and I am craving "baby" again. I am thinking of making a little quilt for Sassy....she's my only baby now!
So nice that Kevin has a little time off.

Cathy said...

Dearest Winona,
Oh my goodness....I LOVE the PINK quilt. You know I love my ~~PINK~~!!
Wishing you all a blessed holiday for Kevin...enjoy the time together.
I think of you daily my sweet friend and I love you,
Cathy

Red Geranium Cottage said...

That quilt is awesome. I love it. Nice job.

~JoAnn~ said...

Winona~ Another beautiful quilt done by you. You are so talented. I feel honored to be able to call you my friend. I wish I could be there for your day of work, taco soup and then freezer pizzas wow what a great combination. I would be there but the plane ticket would be kind of a nusiance to have to buy : )
I went to Walmart the other day and bought the cutest fall panel, have never done one before so it will be an adventure for me.
Blessings,Joann

Angie Padilla said...

Winona, thank you for stopping by my blog and "following" me. I'm enjoying browsing through your own blog. I love this pink and yellow combination and think you are very inventive to be able to start with a few blocks and wing it. You have ended up with a beautiful quilt. Does it have an owner yet?

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow- that is a gorgeous quilt, Winona- and I loved the story of how it came to be from "leftovers"!! Isn't it such a wonderful surprise to find forgotten things in your fabric stash? I came across some little rooster blocks I picked up from a yard sale forever and a day ago- now I'm dreaming of all kinds of things to do with them. Y
Hope you and Kevin have some fun day trips while he's off work- my hubby just went back today from being off all last week. I think you know what that means... finally some computer time! *haha* Not really - I enjoyed him being here... my normal routine goes out the window though. You all have fun and hope to see you post again soon!

Aliene said...

Winona, Just knew you would have something on here new. Had to stop by. I am in limbo right now. My blog is messed up but I can get to see other blogs. Stop by and see if a comment will come through. Love the quilt.

Stray Stitches said...

You Pink Dreams quilt is adorable and beautiful! I just visited your blog for the first time and have become a follower! Have a wonderful weekend.

Zlaty said...

The quilt is so pretty! I love the name you gave it and story of your quilt making!

Happy sewing!

simple country living! said...

Hi Winona! Thank you for stopping by! I just L~O~V~E your pink dreams!!! And don't you love it when you stumble across "long-forgotten" fabric or left overs! I know I do!! Enjoy your hubby's vacation!
~blessings~
Leona

Myra said...

Oh Winona, I love your finished quilt top! Love the colors! Very cute! 8-)

Sharon said...

What a beautiful quilt! And isn't is so much fun to find some squares that you forgot you had?

Lana said...

This is a really awesome blog...your grandbabies are too cute! I was thrilled to see your rooster quilt on your title...I made one too...but YOURS IS MUCH BETTER!
Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope to see you again very soon!
Oh, and you are probably STILL lucky...it's still VERY much SUMMER here in Sugar Land, TX...so be sure and sign up for my Give-a-way!

Julie Fukuda said...

Great quilt and great story. I'm glad to see I am not the only one to sort stash for solutions.
Lucky you to have a husband that actually takes an interest in your projects. Keep 'em comming!

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