Monday, May 5, 2014

Pink Lemonade

Between Quilts

After hearing about Lemonade International at Sew South I was inspired to make a quilt for a child in need.
Valerie has started the Project Quilt Lemonade and this gave me just the opportunity to try my hand at making this quilt. 
I was inspired by a quilt designed by Pat Bravo but searched and searched and couldn't find the pattern. It was only available in a kit with fabric included. I decided to make it my way and I ended up making a pixelated heart. After I started the quilt, the pattern became available and I bought it, only to find out that I made it in a different way than Pat had intended. You can buy Pat's pattern on Craftsy.

Pixelated Heart Quilt

Yesterday, Mr. Romance and I went on a photo shoot with a few of my quilts. I really wanted flowers for the photo backdrop for this quilt and so we searched the parks and local historical homes and found some pretty May flowers, but not a good flowery photo location. Most of these blooms are from our garden.
May Flowers
The bouganvillea make a pretty backdrop for the quilt.
Briar Rose Quilt
I really liked the backlit quilt, taken at one of the local high schools.
Briar Rose Quilt
It turns out this high school has some historical artwork and buildings. It really is a beautiful place.

Fullerton High School

Briar Rose Quilt

Briar Rose Quilt

Briar Rose Quilt

Briar Rose fabric
One more photo, tulips to match the quilt,  was just too beautiful to resist editing with the waterlogue app.
About This Quilt:
I ended up cutting 3.5" inch strips and piecing them in a color sequence and making a Bargello type quilt, moving the strip pieces up and down to make the heart, adding the necessary colors to keep the pattern filled in. It was almost like building a puzzle and took me lots of trial and error to get the heart even. Then I sewed all those strips together, adding the white strip pieced squares to even out the pattern. Lots and lots of pressing helped me to nest the seams before sewing the rows together.
When it came time to quilt this quilt I knew I wanted to free motion quilt some hearts and loops. I also quilted the words, "Quilt Lemonade" into the design. Lately, I like adding words to my free motion quilting.
I think Valerie already has a little girl in mind to receive this quilt. I hope I'll receive a photo of her when she does get it. 
Quilt Stats:
Name: Pink Lemonade
Fabric Used: Briar Rose, Kona White
Backing: Briar Rose, Summerhome by Hemma Design
Binding: Briar Rose
Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. 
Batting: Warm and White
Free Motion Quilted by me on my Bernina 820 with hearts and loops
Finished Size: approx. 63" square-ish

This is my second finish on my Finish Along list.

Finish Along 2014


Valerie said...

Oh Di-it's perfect! I love all the different picture locations! I have to tell you that purple bougainvillea was climbing the wrought iron gate where I lived with my son in Guatemala, so that pic especially spoke to me! I know this will make a sweet someone feel very happy and loved on!

ipatchandquilt said...

What a visually yummy post! That quilt just breathes LOVE!

Nilya said...

What a wonderful quilt. There will be somebody totally happy about it!

Tanyia said...

this is really beautiful and congrats on one of the finishes on your list!

heart of charnwood said...

Absolutely beautiful, and for a great cause, which is always lovely, i'm sure it will be adored!

Canadian Abroad said...

It's a gorgeous quilt and photographed beautifully. So vibrant, and what I cool school!

roccagal said...

luv the quilt the flowers and the setting for the pics-just lovely!

Unknown said...

This is definitely one of my favorites. It's awesome. And that high school looks like it should be the scene for the next teen movie. Wow!