Sunday, February 5, 2017

Chains of Love Quilts

 Happy February! Is anyone else happy that January is over? It just seemed long and dreary this year. On Wednesday, Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl and Amber of Gigi's Thimble posted their new Five Fat Quarter Fun Quilt--Chains of Love Quilt. Here is the link to their free pattern:
I saw it and fell in love--plus I do not have that many Valentine's quilts...
 mmm!quilts recently started a new link up called Drop Everything And Make it DREAMi and these projects certainly qualify as that. The link to this party is in my sidebar. I shopped in my stash and found plenty of pinks and reds to use and even a great backing, but I needed a background. This pink with white hearts and swirls by Sandy Gervais will be my backing with a red strip added into make it wide enough.
 On my way home from work on Thursday, I stopped and got a background. This white with silver metallic swirls and hearts is perfect. Friday night, I cut and sewed all nine blocks. I went more scrappy for both the Chains of Love Quilts than the pattern shows.
Then, I saw on Facebook that my former department secretary/friend had just become a grandma for the first time and sadly, I did not have any girl baby quilts all done. She loves purple, so I dug through my sparse purple bin of fabrics and pulled some lavenders and purples out. I ran up to the fabric store for a background and a couple of more purple fat quarters. I cut and sewed this whole top yesterday and last night.
This is the background I used and I bought a lavender minky for the backing. I have never used minky as a backing, but I have wanted to try it and this seems like the perfect opportunity. I am washing the top and batting right now, but then I will pin it all together using lots and lots of pins and quilt it probably using a straight stitch diagonally.

I did most of my Super Bowl cooking this morning (we are having Chinese chicken wontons with honey mustard dipping sauce and Asian coleslaw), so I can hopefully just enjoy the game and the commercials while I bind my purple Chains of Love Baby Quilt. We are rooting for the Atlanta Falcons at my house! Check out what other slow stitchers are up to here:

29 comments:

  1. Wonderful quilts...love the colors. Congrats to your friend. Being a Grandmother is the best!

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  2. Two great quilts. You wash your top before you pin it? Can I ask what the benefit is? I have just had a red and white quilt bleed :(

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  3. That minky back will be warm and cozy!

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  4. Love that pattern - perfect for Valentines and sweet baby girls!

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  5. There is just something so satisfying about sewing a heart quilt. I love the background fabric for the pink quilt. It's just perfect.

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  6. Love your purple version of this pattern! It's on my list too.

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  7. Wow! That is a cute pattern, and you made two! I'm so impressed! I've made some grandma quilts for friends, and they were so surprised. I bet your friend will love the purple hearts! And, yes, we're rooting for the Falcons too!

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  8. Talk about "quilt in a day". That was a super fast quilt. Such sweet colors, I am sure it will be a hit. We are having appetizers while waiting for the game to start. Enjoy!

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  9. Your heart quilt is perfect for Valentine's Day use or gift giving. Nice design.

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  10. Choose ANY color and I think that quilt of yours would look just great in it!! Loving both of your renditions.

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  11. Both of these are lovely! Everyone around here seemed to be rooting for the Falcons as well. ( Steeler country here :)

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  12. Love both of these beauties. What perfect fabrics I am sure you friend is going to cherish the purpler quilt. Very impressed that you made two!

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  13. Definitely a super sewing weekend for you. Both quilts are delightful.

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  14. I love both versions of your Valentine quilts. That purple minky is going to make a great backing.

    We were pulling for the Falcons too. Oh well...

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  15. Love your purple version. It will make a super baby gift.
    Pat

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  16. Thanks for the link...love the purple hearts as a baby gift.

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  17. That is such a cute quilt, love it for both celebrations. It is very sweet in purple.

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  18. Love the purple version of this quilt, and that Minky backing is going to feel so cuddly. Sorry about the Falcons -- I was hoping they would win too - but hopefully you got in some good binding time! :)

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  19. Love your valentine quilt! I hope to make one someday!

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  20. These look terrific! Love the purple hearts esecially.

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  21. Wow, two amazing quilts whipped up in an instant. They are both lovely and I like the scrappy look. The minky will be lovely on the purple quilt.

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  22. What great colours you used - and with that backing it is going to be a wonderful quilt!

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  23. They are fantastic! That lavender one is so soft and pretty. It will be well loved.

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  24. Both are so pretty, I love the purple one because purple is my favorite color.

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  25. Simply adorable! Thanks for sharing your versions of this cute quilt.

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  26. Oh they look great, what a versatile pattern. The two colour ways look lovely.

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  27. If it's not too much of a pun - isn't it a lovely pattern! Both quilts are absolutely beautiful and perfect for February!

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