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):