Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pretty in Pink

Here's another example of some of the things I've been doing during our long winter months. I actually don't mind winter so much any more because I have such a long list of projects I enjoy working on and a have a warm cozy sewing room to work in. I can look out my window and see the snow and it doesn't matter--I've got plenty to do to keep me busy. I'm listening to good music, NPR or whatever, while I sew away the day. When Randy comes home he always knows right where I'll be--I don't go too far, maybe just a trip to the fabric store ocassionally.

I knew Lani loved pinks and browns for Payton's room, so when we picked those colors for our block exchange, I knew who I was making the quilt for. It had to be for Lani and Payton! I worked on the quilt and finished it just in time for a February birthday. I love making things for my family. All the time I'm working on a project for someone I'm thinking about them and hoping they'll be able to feel all the love I put into it. I hope that comes through when they wrap themselves up in the quilts, or any of the other things I make.

This pink and brown quilt is the results of a block exchange we did for several months in my quilt quild. For 6 months we exchanged pink and white 9-patch blocks with a brown center. Each month each person made 10 blocks in those colors, then we would keep one for ourselves, take the other 9 and exchange them for 9 different blocks that each quilt quild members had made. After 6 months of collecting blocks, I cut up my assortment of blocks into fourths, turned them in a different direction. Then I sewed the 4 blocks back together again. It was amazing how many possibilities there was and each time you turned the block it gave the quilt a different look.

This pattern is called "Disappearing 9-Patch" because you cut up the 9 patch block and give it a whole new appearance. I also quilted it on my sewing maching and learned a new free motion design that looked like daisies.

It was a fun project to work on--especially when I had someone special in mind for it who was "So pretty in pink"!

1 comment:

Kristi Burley said...

I've been persistently checking your blog since "harvest time"....and was pleasantly surprised to see your updates today! I LOVE to see the projects you've been working on. Thanks for the update!!