In the Pink

Last night I finally finished my pink quilt. This is for a friend whose going through challenging times and when I asked her what her favourite colours were she said pink and red. I went for a pink quilt.

The pattern is a disappearing 16 patch, have a look at my last post on the quilt if you’d like to see the process, it’s actually a very simple block. Here’s the finished top waiting to be quilted…

Not my best photo but you get the gist!

I found a Rose and Hubble fabric for the backing which was perfect, with shades of pink and turquoise leaves. I like the Rose and Hubble fabrics for backing too as although they’re described as a poplin, which I think of as quite crisp, they’re actually quite fine and soft. What I didn’t realise until later is that the line of leaves actually isn’t straight, it slowly drops across the width of fabric – it’s not an issue on a quilt really, but just imagine if you’d made a dress – the hem would be a nightmare!!

It’s the first quilting I’ve done on my new machine and I’m pretty pleased. The extra space to the right of the needle makes such a difference, it never felt squashed up, even when I was quilting in the centre. I initially had a few problems with stretches of missed stitches, but I got out the instruction book, increased the needle size and went on a medium speed instead of fast and the stitching was perfect.I also stitched using a glide mat, this came with a quilting ruler I’d bought and I have to say it’s a game changer! It’s a slippy silicone mat which is slightly tacky on one side to stay put on your machine bed, it has a little hole for the needle to go through, but the top is very slippy. This meant the fabric was so much easier to guide through – quilting is hard work for the shoulders, but this seemed to make it a lot easier, especially for free motion quilting.

I used a pink, purple and turquoise variegated thread for the top thread and a pale pink for the bobbin. I stitched a quarter inch either side of the long diagonals first. I then did free motion quilting with a large flower in each four square block. The diagonal lines needed a bit more in them, so I stitched a four leaf shape on the centre of the cross and also the half way point where there’s a little hour-glass block. I originally thought of trying the new quilting rulers for the border, but after a quick practice I decided I needed a lot more! Instead I stitched a wave pattern on the pink border. This is actually more apt as my friend likes open water swimming and lives at the seaside.

I was originally planning to do a scrappy border, mainly because I didn’t have enough of one colour to edge it. I decided however to use the backing fabric instead,I’m pleased with the lighter binding.

All that was left was a name and a label. All quilts need a name, I pondered on a few, like A Yorkshire Hug, Strawberries and Peaches (too long!) then the phrase In the Pink came to mind, I did google it to check it’s actual meaning and it means feeling in the best of health, which seems fairly apt as I’m sending her the quilt hoping she will soon be feeling ‘in the pink’.

Tomorrow I’ll parcel it up and pop it in the post.

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I get a Whoop Whoop

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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14 Responses to In the Pink

  1. claire93 says:

    and here’s betting your friend will be tickled pink when she receives this lovely quilt ^^

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  2. anne54 says:

    it’s a lovely quilt, Margaret, and made with love. It is bound to make your friend feel so much better.

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  3. Sian Coggins says:

    Am simply in awe. Have admired your work over the last few months, just wonderful. I’m beginning to think your special corner of Yorkshire is in a time warp – I cannot fathom how you manage to fit so much into your week. Huge admiration.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Very nice quilt, Margaret. I had never heard of the disappearing 16 patch u til reading your block, it really is a cool pattern.

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  5. katechiconi says:

    Lovely job, Margaret, anyone would be delighted to receive this, and especially a friend who knows it has been made with love especially for her.

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  6. Jane M says:

    Absolutely gorgeous and your backing fabric was a perfect colour compliment. I’m your your friend will be delighted.

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  7. Love those colours and the patching design. What a beautifully uplifting gift.

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  8. nanacathy2 says:

    Whata really lovely quilt and bound to restore her to the pink.

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  9. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Thoroughly inspired, Margaret — a lovely surprise for your friend! I had no idea such sewing machine features existed, and that mat sounds wonderful for your quilting. Brava-Brava!!!


  10. I love the backing fabric!


  11. magpiesue says:

    Ditto to all of the above!


  12. Sharon says:

    Great name and great quilt. Your friend will love it πŸ™‚


  13. Amanda says:

    Really lovely. Your friend is very lucky! 😊


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