Maybe this will shut Sue up!

11 03 2012

My good friend Sue, who lives in San Diego, California, LOVES pink. She’s the classic ‘pink princess’ — her phone is pink, her laptop is pink, she buys pretty much anything I make that’s in pink fabrics.

When I made a pink quilt for my Mum for her 80th birthday, Sue was just a little envious. And she was like one of those “I want! I want!” kids who does a tanty if they don’t get their own way ;-)

So, I decided to shut her up and make a pink quilt for her. I actually made the quilt in December 2011, and finished it on 1 January 2012, but I didn’t want to post the pictures etc. until she received it. I’ll be giving it to her when I see her at a conference in Memphis, in March 2012. And this blog post will be ‘live’ about a week later. I gave the quilt to her today — and she burst into tears with emotion… I made her cry ;-)

Some information about Sue’s quilt:

  • I used up almost my entire stash of pink fabrics! ;-)
  • I stitched some 130,000 quilting stitches (don’t worry — the machine counts them for me).
  • All quilting is free motion and done on my HQ Sweet Sixteen — the only marking I did was for the cat outlines (Sue’s a cat person).
  • Each large block contains a cat, echo quilted in a variegated pink rayon thread (Guterman Sulky?).
  • The rest of the quilting is one continuous line of hearts and loops, done using a soft pink Robison Anton rayon thread.
  • The bobbin thread is a soft pink Deco-Bob thread (I used 2.5 bobbins for the quilting).
  • The border quilting is free motion feathers (a la Diane Gaudynski), with a wavy stem — done in a darker pink rayon thread (Floriani), and echo quilted with a deep watermelon coloured thread (Mettler Metrosene).
  • The pattern is a variation on ‘Surround’ from Four Paws Quilting.

Complete set of photos are here: http://flickr.com/gp/rhondamadeit/w3uzV4

Sample photos (click on a small photo to see it full size):


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12 03 2012
Sue

So, yes, this is going to shut me up. Reduce me to tears, make me be speechless with emotion and awe and love… Absolutely the most beautiful thing. I smile every time I look over at it… It just makes me feel happy!!!

12 03 2012
Sue

And Rhonda? I cannot thank you enough!! Really, I have no words. Other than I love you, and thank you!!! You really are one special friend!!

29 11 2012
Char’s quilt « At Random

[...] I was in Memphis for a conference in March this year, I gave my friend Sue a pink quilt as she’d been on at me about making her one after seeing the pink quilt I made for my Mum for [...]

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