Hearts ‘n Flowers ‘n Shit

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Hearts ‘n Flowers ‘n Shit

It’s Valentine’s Day! I bet lots of you would guess that I don’t really care one way or another about the big V-day. Year after year I’ve treated it like any other day. I hardly even acknowledge it other than to note it is 7 days before my birthday! Here’s an anomaly though – I made a pink quilt. No really – me, TBZ, pink with FLOWERS! Oh the humanity and just plain odd ball behavior. I figured if I was going to be so loony as to make a pink quilt, I might as well show it off on the pinkest day of the year! Take a look at this –

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WHAT? Yes! It really is pink and covered in hearts and flowers and filled with warm cuddly wool. It is so sweet it makes my teeth hurt! This is it, as girly as I can possibly get – NO!! Look at the back!

 

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Want to hear the craziest part? I love this quilt. I’ve loved it since I saw the Moda Table for Two fat quarter bundle. I made this quilt last year when I was feeling particularly uninspired and completely spent from doing large drawn out and complicated projects. I saw Rebecca Smith’s Emerald Ikat pattern, in Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Magazine. I really loved it and though this set of fabrics was perfectly suited for it. I followed the directions, I didn’t add or subtract or try to figure out a different way. Just do. It really worked a world of wonders for my spirit. Every time I see this quilt, I see my mojo coming back and I feel good about that.

(Special note: This pattern is listed as on the Fons and Porter site as challenging. I surely don’t want to question the experts, but I don’t really see that at all. It is a pretty straight forward paper piecing pattern with relatively simple cutting instructions. If you like the quilt, don’t let the “challenging” hold you back, you can do it!)

 

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Despite the fact that I really love everything about this quilt, all of the love was just a bit too much for me. I really need something to ground it more to my sense of being – snarky, defiant, and a little bit subversive. So I named what I had been calling it the whole time I was making it – Hearts n Flowers n Shit. In conversation the phrase would be used like this, “You saw that quilt right? It was covered in hearts and flowers and shit.”

So Happy Valentines Day to you! I wish you the best and hope you have romance and love and shit to fill your day and night. Hubba Hubba!

11 Comments

  1. Happy Belated Birthday !!! Hope it was a good one (we don’t celebrate VDay either as its just another day in life of us !LOL). Its great that others do !!
    Love your “pink” quilt .. Thanks for sharing with us !

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  2. Hahaha I can SO relate to liking pinky lovey stuff and needing something snarky, defiant and subversive to balance it out! The quilt is very pretty, and the back is as much fun as the front!

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  3. Love it! Cool pattern and perfect backing.

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  4. Cute quilt, but I’ll admit, that I don’t think of you as the pink hearts kind of gal. It’s a nice change for you. Okay, now back to skulls, zombies, and wizards. :)

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  5. I love this quilt! It is even more gorgeous in person if you can imagine that!

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    • Love the way your mind works

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  6. Had this quilt hung in a “guess who made this” display, and only two creators been the options, you would have been my third guess. That being said, V-Day shall now and forever be known to me as “HFS Day”.

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  7. Beautiful work! Do you ever do the Paducah KY Quilt show? If so please let me know… we’re not far away and would love to see you.

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  8. Beautiful!!!

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