That's exactly what you'll say when you see the photos of my latest little quilt. For the past few weeks I've been working on a project for Andover Fabrics. They sent me some pretty pretty fabric from one of their recent lines designed by Renee Nanneman and said - "We like your blog. Your followers are some of the sweetest people on the planet. Here, make something for them." Well, okay, that's not exactly what they said - but I DID get the fabric and I DID make something out of it. A small quilt. And YOU get the free pattern.
I know you are thinking it's a little out of the box for me and you are probably surprised by the PASTELS. But I thought the fabric was so adorable and, anyway, secretly, I'm a pink and blue girl from way back. I've been itching to make something a little lighter for awhile now. Here was my chance. Here's the pattern. I encourage you to thank Andover by "liking" them on Facebook.
Is this quilted floral border sweet or what?
Oh, and get this - something else that's "Sweet." Thanks to the generosity of the folks at Andover Fabrics - on Thursday, February 14, Valentine's Day, I will be giving away 30 (yes, 30!) Charm Packs of fabric to 30 lucky winners. Can you believe it? Come back here on Thursday and leave a comment for the big fabric Giveaway.
My little Sweet Pea Doll Quilt was made with some beautiful prints from The Chateau Chambray collection designed by Renee Nanneman for Andover.
As a child, my daughter's nickname was Sweet Pea and she's always loved pink. I showed her the fabric and she fell in love with it and told me it sure would be nice if she had a quilt made out of it Not this one . . . . a big quilt, LOL.
If you love this fabric too, post a comment on my blog on Thursday for a chance to win a charm pack. Visit your local quilt shop and see if they have it. Also, check out Andover's Blog. They often have awesome giveaways. "Like" them on Facebook! Read their Tweets! (Oh yes, and while you're at it, don't forget to take a look at the rest of their fabric on their website.)
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It's very easy to make!
It's very easy to make!
This little sweetheart cried out to be hand quilted and so I dug through my stencils and came up with this one I've had for years -
I wish I could tell you where I bought it but I honestly can't remember. I checked The Stencil Company's website and it's not one of theirs but they have so many other cute stencils to use for the borders I know you can find something similar if you get inspired and want to make one yourself. Just check out their page on stencils for 2.5 inch borders that are perfect to use on these small quilts.
Use a Sewline marking pencil or a fine line washable fabric marker. Mark the lines (lightly) and then quilt them. Easy as pie. Wash out the markings with a damp cloth after you're finished.
This pink candy-striped binding makes me smile.
I made another gorgeous quilt using more fabrics from Renee's Chateau Chambray line and will try to put the pattern up on my website sometime next week.
Don't forget to stop back here by on Thursday and leave me a comment for your chance to enter the giveaway for the Andover Charm Packs (Sorry, NOT the fat quarters shown above, but all those fabrics in a smaller pack). You'll be glad you did. And, let's just say these odds are much better than winning at Lotto . . . .