Happy February! Is anyone else happy that January is over? It just seemed long and dreary this year. On Wednesday, Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl and Amber of Gigi's Thimble posted their new Five Fat Quarter Fun Quilt--Chains of Love Quilt. Here is the link to their free pattern:
I saw it and fell in love--plus I do not have that many Valentine's quilts...
mmm!quilts recently started a new link up called Drop Everything And Make it DREAMi and these projects certainly qualify as that. The link to this party is in my sidebar. I shopped in my stash and found plenty of pinks and reds to use and even a great backing, but I needed a background. This pink with white hearts and swirls by Sandy Gervais will be my backing with a red strip added into make it wide enough.
On my way home from work on Thursday, I stopped and got a background. This white with silver metallic swirls and hearts is perfect. Friday night, I cut and sewed all nine blocks. I went more scrappy for both the Chains of Love Quilts than the pattern shows.
Then, I saw on Facebook that my former department secretary/friend had just become a grandma for the first time and sadly, I did not have any girl baby quilts all done. She loves purple, so I dug through my sparse purple bin of fabrics and pulled some lavenders and purples out. I ran up to the fabric store for a background and a couple of more purple fat quarters. I cut and sewed this whole top yesterday and last night.
This is the background I used and I bought a lavender minky for the backing. I have never used minky as a backing, but I have wanted to try it and this seems like the perfect opportunity. I am washing the top and batting right now, but then I will pin it all together using lots and lots of pins and quilt it probably using a straight stitch diagonally.
I did most of my Super Bowl cooking this morning (we are having Chinese chicken wontons with honey mustard dipping sauce and Asian coleslaw), so I can hopefully just enjoy the game and the commercials while I bind my purple Chains of Love Baby Quilt. We are rooting for the Atlanta Falcons at my house! Check out what other slow stitchers are up to here: