I had an idea for a quilt before I made the first puppy quilt, but it was very nebulous. I had always liked the Southern Belles embroidery designs. My idea was to compose (like that word!) a quilt with the Belles embroidered in pink. I actually gathered quite a few. But the Belles demanded colors - there was just too much detail to do them all in pink.
Joanne's Fabrics carries a line of embroidery transfer patterns called Aunt Martha's. A lot of these patterns are day-of-the-week designs and she didn't let me down. I found the perfect transfers for the quilt - Old-fashioned Southern Belles in just the perfect size. I did them up all in pink!
I had planned on using the Irish Chain blocks like in the red and white quilts, but the little ladies had other ideas. They wanted pink and white crazy quilt blocks! Put on my thinking cap and came up with a method using ribbon and lace to make the blocks look like crazy quilts. It worked!
The border was an accident. The original idea was a ribbon border, but a little finagling and a touch of serendipity and I ended up with something completely different (I almost ran out of fabric, too.) But that worked, too. Here is how it started:
Here is how it ended up:
So here is the Pink Ladies quilt!
And here is the sweet little girl I made it for. Her name is Gabrielle (Gabby for short). She is the daughter of my dear friend, former coworker and adopted son, Luis Torres.
And here is the pillow sham:
Luis was and is the best friend of my two sons, Luke and Joe. He and my sons grew up together all through elementary school and into high school. Somethimes I wasn't sure just how many sons I had, LOL! Which then brings me to the quilt I made when Luis got married. But that's a story for another time!