Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blush & Bashful

Finishing Joyce's quilt was such a big deal for me. I wanted to take it easy for a bit.
I did not want to start anything new. But a quick finish will be oh so good. So, I picked up the pink (not UFO) blocks that I mentioned here.

Beginning Blocks

There were a total of 81 blocks. I could arrange them 9 by 9, add a border and have a quilt top in no time. Nothing wrong with that.

Initial Layout

But how about I add a little something more to it. Like a few solids. These pink and purple solids were screaming to be used. I agreed to give them a purposeful life.

Solids to add a bit of Oomph!

I added a strip of solid color to each block so that each block went from 4.5" square to a 4.5" by 6.5" rectangle. I fiddled with the arrangement and chose this one.

Final Layout

Once again, as I was piecing the quilt top, I wondered - what shall we call this one? It has a lot of pink. It is very floral too. Bet, it reminds you of spring.

Fresh Snow on top of Stale Snow

But then, when you are in the dead of winter with 6 inches of snow that melts only slightly to refreeze into ice, just about everything reminds you of spring.
Does it  not?
No, I did not want to give it a spring time name.
Spring Tease???
Pink, like blush.
And then, I had this aha moment. I remembered a scene from the movie - Steel Magnolias, where Shelby describes her wedding colors. "Pink is my signature color", she says. Her wedding colors were "Blush and Bashful"

Paul, the Model :-)

That is it. I decided to call this quilt - Blush and Bashful.  I chose this chocolate and pink dotty fabric for the backing.


Bright Pink Border
The finished quilt measures about 40" by 58". I used Warm & Natural Batting. As usual, the binding was done using the super quick - stitch to the back, bring to the  front and stitch down using the squiggly stitch!

All done
A quick finish is so gratifying. I hope it will make some little girl very happy.

Quilt #4 for 2015

This is Quilt#4 for 2015. Looks like it is going to be a great year!!!
How is 2015 going for you?


  1. Beautiful. I had a funny thought. Two words that I believe no one has ever used to describe you are blush and bashful. :)

  2. As usual another gorgeous finish. Love the colors in this one. Love your blog on it as well.

  3. Great name! Fast is good, and of course you had to change up the pattern a bit, to make it your own! LeeAnna

  4. Great quilt, great name, great blog. Love to read your writings! Bev

  5. Loved reading about how you decided to name it, but I really love your layout. Yea for fast finishes.

  6. A quick finish is indeed very gratifying. The fabrics here are delightfully cheery, and sure to make a little girl quite happy. Don't you just love naming quilts??? When the inspiration hits, and it's perfect, THAT is so much fun. Oh, the backing fabric is charming.

  7. What a pretty quilt! Thanks for sharing the design process. And congratulations on the finish.

  8. Finding a good name for a quilt is soooooo hard for me. I love the name for this quilt and yes, some little girl is going to love it!

  9. Quick finishes are always great. Good job on your pretty quilt.

  10. Great name and the backing fabric fits in perfectly with the theme too!

  11. great colors and perfect name! I love that movie!!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation