Hearts & Pink Ribbons Quilt

Today I want to share a very special quilt with all of you.  I quilted this one for a local customer a couple of weeks ago.  This particular quilt will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s the quilt I was working on when Granny got her wings.  I truly believe she watched over me and gave me the courage to finish it on time for my customer.

This quilt was the product of guild challenge, a brown bag challenge.  Each guild member had to bring a brown bag containing 1 yard of a stripe and 1 yard of a coordinating fabric.  Then the bags were exchanged among members anonymously and quilts were made.

Warning…this post is picture heavy.  I wanted to show lots of pictures of this quilt.  It’s one of my favorites.

Here’s a look at the overall quilt and the freehand custom quilting I did.

An overall look at the back.

Let’s take a closer look at the blocks.  First up are the pinwheel blocks.

And the flying geese blocks.

My husband actually helped me decide on the design for these blocks.  I knew I wanted to do flowers in the white squares but I wasn’t sure about the half square triangle blocks.  He thought the design I used looks like leaves.  I think he did a good job helping me pick.

My favorite blocks are the hearts and pink ribbons.  These are also the blocks that make this quilt special.  The maker of the quilt added the pink ribbons because she is a breast cancer survivor.  She had no idea that the recipient’s daughter is also a breast cancer survivor.  How amazing is that?

I wanted these blocks to be special so I decided to pebble all around the ribbon.  I knew that would help the ribbon stand out.  Pebbling is also something my customer loves so I knew this would be the perfect place to use the technique.

Hopefully you can see in the picture below that I also outlined the ribbon with a very little wavy line.  It’s hard to see on the front but shows up beautifully on the back.

I think it’s easier to see in this picture.  The outline really helps define the ribbon on the back of the quilt.

I had to stop frequently while pebbling.  It seems to make me cross-eyed very fast.  It’s hard to quilt when I’m cross-eyed.

The heart blocks have significant meaning as well.  The recipient of the quilt was having heart problems when her quilt was being made.  I really wanted the hearts to be the stars of this quilt so I decided to do something very scary.  I quilted some feathers in them.  Feathers are fairly new to me so I was extremely pleased with how well they turned out.

And just a few close ups of the quilting on the back.

I hope you all have enjoyed looking at this quilt as much as I enjoyed quilting it.  I’m pretty excited because the guild meeting is tonight and she’ll be revealing her finished quilt to everyone tonight.

As a final note I’ve spent some time trying to get this silly blog more organized {organization is not strongest asset}.  I updated the Longarm Quilting page and linked to all my finished quilts.  I’m hoping that makes it easier to see what I’ve been up to and it gives you all a little more information on my background and how I got into quilting.  You should check it out when you have a minute.

Happy Monday!

6 thoughts on “Hearts & Pink Ribbons Quilt”

  1. Great job on the quilting!!! Totally awesome and definitely Granny guided. I totally understand the attachment of sentiment to a quilt when a loved one gets their wings! Hugs and have a blessed Christmas!!!

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