Monday, September 21, 2009

Pretty in Pink

Dusty pinks, faded reds and soft browns have been the colors of choice the last few days, together with the occasional splash of blue and even yellow.

Pretty In Pink --
name taken from a comment on a previous post left by Brandy from Minivan Life

This baby quilt is made from rows of "bricks" measuring 3 inches x 9 inches including the seam allowances. It was pieced in rows, 18 rows in total, with the finished quilt measuring 38.5 inches x 44.5 inches.  Quite a large baby quilt suitable also for the "big bed" when the toddler graduates from their cot.


I have quilted this baby quilt with straight lines, outlining the horizontal seams, and also stitching through the horizontal center of each "brick".  The quilting has added a modern look, and was a breeze really.  Any quilting problems I have now seem to be due to rushing the basting process (which I still don't enjoy!), but I have definitely improved my skills.  I still use pins to baste, because if done well it does give me the best overall finish.


A few blog readers have asked about the pink bicycle fabric that I have used for this quilt.  It is a cotton print by Heather Ross called "Bicycles".  Unfortunately it is quite an old fabric, rare and much sought after.  This fabric is currently available at several Etsy stores, with the price reflecting just how much loved it is!

I am hoping to add the binding today, but have not as yet even chosen the fabric for it. School holidays have started and it is the most glorious Spring day here in Melbourne.  I am definitely going to catch some of these rays today!

30 comments:

  1. Lovely quilt, beautiful fabrics, gorgeous colours and great quilting.. Enjoy the sunshine and the school holidays.

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  2. The perfect quilt for a little girl. Another fantastic job Rita...I especially love the bold Amy Butler coriander print!

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  3. I love the baby/toddler quilt. That is how I like to make them anyway -- a little larger so they can enjoy longer. I have always loved that bicycle fabric!

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  4. Oh wow, I'm so honored that you named it after my comment! It really turned out beautiful!!!

    http://minivanlife.wordpress.com

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  5. Just Lovely, and really fitting with your Springtime season coming upon you.
    Here the summer is almost over and Fall is in the air. We are looking at oranges and browns.
    I love this diverse world and I love that I can come visit you on your blog. You are inspiring.
    ~a

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  6. Just gorgeous! I love all the fabrics you chose for this quilt!!

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  7. It is verry pretty, indeed:)

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  8. I love this layout, and your fabric is very pretty. Great quilt!!!

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  9. This is a gorgeous quilt - from the pick of fabrics through to the quilting. I might have to just add this to my "to-do" list!!

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  10. These look great! Beautiful !

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  11. This is beautiful! I love the way you quilted it.

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  12. so beautiful! I love all of the pinks together! also, love the "brick" look. I may try that next! I am a beginning quilter, so this would be a good one for me, I think :)

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  13. I love the fact that such a simple design can look sooooo impressive....and the quilting....I'd never think of that but gives such a striking finish! Love it, love it, love it!!!
    ;o) Wendy B

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  14. I ditto all the above comments....simple but simply fabulous!!
    Did you sew all the strips together and then cut them to size sewing the long strips together?

    I used to have a bike like that....I was the queen of my street!!:)

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  15. like the quilt A LOT!!! the bycicle fabric is soooooo very cute!!!!

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  16. That is absolutely gorgeous! You know I am extra specially found of the color pink.

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  17. That's a good lookin' quilt! And I have yet to meet anyone who says "basting is the best!" part of making a quilt.

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  18. That's a beautiful colour scheme and a really pretty quilt any little girl would love. I love the straight line quilting on this one accentuating the brick shape.

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  19. VERY pretty! It has a refreshing look to it. Well done!

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  20. I like this very much. I love the look of the straight line quilting.I have trouble with basting, too. I've tried the pins, but they seem to put such big holes in the fabric. Do you have trouble with that?

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  21. this is so gorgeous!!! i love the quilting...you inspire me regularly!!!

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  22. I love the quilting you did on this quilt.

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  23. I love pink, it is the theme of my life right now, so this just makes me drool!! The quilting is perfect, I am always SO impressed with your quilting!! You should consider teaching classes!!

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  24. Oh, it's just beautiful! Everything about it is perfect. I LOVE those cute little bicycles -- my eye goes right to them in this quilt!

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  25. Love the color selections on this one. Beautiful. Jenn

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  26. ooh - I'm in love! Great job!

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  27. Beautiful! I'm teaching myself to quilt and not doing a very good job of it, but this inspires me to press on. Love the pinks. I'm into autumn colors lately, as we're just coming into autumn here in northern California! Enjoy your summer! :-)

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  28. The color combination and the used fabrics just stunned me. This is such a simple patterns and the overall finish more then gorgeous! Well done!

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  29. I love the fabrics in this. I get nervous about using pink but since you tied in the light browns, darker pinks and even blue- it is making me not so scared of using pink fabrics. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. I just love everything you do. It is magic.

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