Monday, January 4, 2010

'Pretty In Pink' Quilt...Cottage Style!

My Grandmother fell and broke her hip this past Fall...and suddenly life changed for her and many members of my family. My G'ma is doing quite well now after a hip replacement but she now lives with my Aunt and although it is a blessing for both of them, it is not without its stresses as well. I started on this quilt for my G'ma after she had her surgery as I knew it was going to be hard for her to leave her home for an indefinite period of time and I wanted her to have a 'lovey' to snuggle with on the couch as she read her books or wrote in her journal this winter.

I chose the pattern from Heather Mulder Peterson's book Livin' Large. The pattern is Pretty In Pink. Heather actually has a recent post where she made the quilt in a Christmas Seasonal color palette. Go check it out when you get a chance as it is lovely!

Here is the front of the quilt I made. I used fabric mainly from the Cotton Blossoms line by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

I had the long-arm quilter use a swirly pattern for the quilting in a red/brick color that matched the red in the fabric:
I pieced the back as well to give it some design flair!
A close up of the back of the quilt: Here it is laid out beneath our tree in the family room. While the colors do lend towards the winter/Christmas season, it is not meant as a seasonal quilt. But it does look nice and cozy beneath the Christmas tree!
All folded and ready to give to my G'ma for Christmas! The colors in this quilt are exactly what I have in my home: earthy and warm! Good thing I have enough fabric to make another one since I loved this color combination so much! For that quilt I plan to use the same fabrics but use the pattern A Piece of Cake by Camille Roskelley.

I had plenty of links above so you can go and appreciate the works of the women who inspired me to make this quilt, both by pattern and fabric!