Thursday, May 14, 2015

Scrappy Pink and Gray Quilt


We gave my mother-in-law cash for Mother's Day since she always wants to have money in her purse. But I wanted to make her a lightweight lap quilt because she gets chilly even in the summer. She loves pink, so it was an easy choice to make her this scrappy quilt for her.

Although she would love an all-pink quilt, my stash is short on pink so I added white and gray. These fabrics are a combination of scraps and stash featuring solid soft pink, pink dotted with white, vintage florals, and white prints. The charcoal gray with soft pink flowers provided a nice contrast for squares and binding. I love the white alphabet print with gray letters and wish I had more of it!


I debated adding more stitching, but I like the simple straight lines which play up the squares. The batting specifications indicated quilting could be from 2 to 4 inches apart, and these measure 3-1/2 inches apart.


My husband suggested the quilt might look better without a border, and I'm glad I listened to him.


I cut 5 inch squares; prior to piecing, I planned the placement of each square (you can see my diagram at the bottom of the photo) and sorted them into rows. Then it was a simple matter of chain-piecing each row.


The quilt measured 45 inches x 72 inches. In retrospect I would have added a row to the width.


The backing is one of my all time favorites - a border print from Collage by Carrie Bloomston for Windham. I pieced it in order to put the birds on the bottom. In spite of my resolve to buy no fabric in 2015, I have ordered more of it.


I love the contrast of quirky to vintage prints. The colors worked well too.


Love these birdies!

8 comments:

  1. Hello Linda! This is simply beautiful.... I love both the colours you have used and the simplicity of the design.... gorgeous! Hope your Mother-in-Law liked it!! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

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    1. Christine thank you so much. I'll give her the quilt on Saturday. :)

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  2. Adorable! Such a sweet Mother's Day gift for your MIL. I love the birdies too. My husband started calling me Mommie Bird after our first son was born so bird themes always make me happy!

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  3. This is such a cute quilt! I love the prints on the front and I absolutely love the fabric on the back!

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  4. Pink and gray is a great color combo, Linda. Simple patchwork is always a pretty choice. By the way, my 14 yo daughter was looking over my shoulder as I typed this and made me put a comma before your name. She said she was helping the world a little... One comma at a time. 😂😂😂

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    1. Lol Bernie! Our daughters are always trying to help us out. ;)

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  5. Just love the colours that you have chosen for this quilt. I'm sure your Mother-In-Law will love and cherish it. We both made a Mothers Day quilt this year, what a nice coincidence.

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    1. Hi Dawn! She did love it. Yes it is nice that we both made Mother's Day quilts. I wish I had made one for my Mom before she passed away, but I wasn't really into quilting then.

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