Liz

Liz

Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Pink Lemonade

This post is part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival. The quilt I'm sharing began in a watercolor painting class one evening where I was just playing around, getting to know the paints.
The colors were all swirling around, greens and yellows, and then I slashed some red lines across in a cross-hatch. "Hmm!!" I thought, "That looks like a quilt."

I then knew it would have to be all 2-1/2" squares sewn together. I pulled all of my greens, yellows, reds, and some yellowish oranges out. For someone who likes to have a plan made up ahead, it was a real trick to make this look spontaneous and unplanned. Having to run to a quilt shop in midweek (I did this on a week's sew-cation) to get more red and yellow was an interesting experience. I took the quilt with me to show the folks in the shop. You know how you get SO close to something, you're not sure you see it any more? That's how I felt with this. When I unfolded it, and the gals in the shop gasped in amazement, I knew I had something special.

I made it to donate to our local hospital for a fundraising raffle. The gal in charge of the fundraiser immediately named it "Pink Lemonade." It was queen-sized - about 90" x 110" - and I had it quilted professionally.


12 comments:

Denise :) said...

Liz, this is beautiful! I love the name -- it was a good call! :)

Lonci said...

Wonderful colors, i love this:)

Adele said...

What a beautiful quilt ! Great use of colors. Were they all tone on tone fabrics?

Liz in Ypsilanti said...

There are some prints - floral, mostly, but some checks, some stripes, some swirlies. A lot of the reds are prints - including a fabric with small 1920s-era golfers that I had in my scrapbox.

Pattilou said...

What a wonderful quilt for color study! It turned out beautifully!

Chris said...

I find my best work when I just let the fabric tell me what it wants to look like. It is a highly unorganized method to the untrained eye :) But it works. Your quilt is fabulous!

Elizabeth said...

That is really gorgeous! I love the 'watercolor' look of it. I can't believe you donated it! If it were me, I couldn't bear to part with it. I hope it raised a lot of money for the charity! Well done!

xo -El

Sandra said...

What a bright cheerful quilt. You definitely captured the lemony feel. What a generous donation.
Come see my 1890 antique schoolhouse quilt and
black/white/pink scrappy miniature

Kelli said...

This quilt is simply amazing!!!
All of those teeny tiny squares! You have done such a fantastic job, from the design right through to the binding! Well done! It was such a lovely thing to donate!

Karen said...

Your quilt does look stunning. Wonderful colours and design.
A very generous donation!

P. said...

Very pretty! It really does have a watercolor effect. It's obvious that a lot of work went into this, with small pieces, but the end result is beautiful.

Angie said...

I like the name - the sashing makes the quilt!