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 –
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!
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!)
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!