Monday, 23 November 2009

In The Pink

Pink is not normally my colour, nor indeed my daughter's, so I was surprised when she asked me for a quilt in old vintagey pinks and whites. I decided to use the lovely soft fabrics from Kim Porter's shop "Worn and Washed". The pieces arrived in this very strokable roll and it was tempting just to leave it as it was and take it to bed like that, but no, the dutiful mother had a role to play (as it were) and set to piecing a strippy traditional quilt. No pattern, no corners to match, no brain to engage!
The stripey flannelette was really remeniscent. I haven't seen that for years but it was just the same as the sheet on my bed in the 1970's! (Ha, that sounds like it wasn't washed for 10 years!). The fabrics were beautifully soft and touchy feely and the quilt was a joy to put together. I backed it with pink flannelette from a sheet - so cosy! It's a Christmas present but I sneeked it on to her bed whilst she was at school today for a quick preview. Just got to finish the binding.

Hopefully she'll be a happy, snuggly 8 year old on Christmas night this year!!
Speaking of things pink - this flower is blooming it's heart out in the garden. Is it The Last Rose of Summer or possibly the first of next year's?- you can't tell these days what the seaasons are playing at!

'Tis the last rose of summer,

Left blooming alone,
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.

No flow'r of her kindred
No rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one,
To pine on the stem,
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go, sleep thou with them

Thus kindly I'll scatter
Thy leaves o'er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow
When friendships decay;
And from love's shining circle
The gems drop away

When true hearts lie wither'd
And fond ones are flow'n
Oh! Who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?


  1. The quilt is gorgeous - I'm sure she is ging to love it!


  2. The quilt is gorgeous, I love those faded colours. It looks like a nice and simple pattern also, I like the heart in the middle, that is a nice touch.

  3. The quilt is gorgeous!!! I love it! Beautiful work!

  4. it's a beautiful pink quilt. im not a big fan of pink either, but i think these faded vintage pinks arent really 'PINK!!' if you know what i mean. not that horrid barbie hot pink. Im sure she will be thrilled to curl up under this quilt Christmas night.

    clever you managing not to let her see it while you were working on it - when i make a quilt (rare these days...) everyone in the house knows about, walks over it, shoves it off the table to make space. i could never keep it a secret!

  5. Beautiful rose, beautiful quilt.

  6. Well first I have to say what a simply beautiful little girl quilt. Takes me back to when I made things for our 8-year old (now 38). And secondly, thankyou for the introduction to your source of supply. Just what I need for pieced patchwork edges for the fabric keepsake book I am making about this old farmhouse.

  7. I used to say that I don't like pink, but I love pink roses, pink sunrises and sunsets, and many other pink things. Then I realized it's the stereotype of pink, the idea of pink that I don't like. The quilt is beautiful, both in it's pinkness and it's simplicity.

  8. What a lovely quilt - your little girl will be delighted with it! Pink is so pretty, warm and optimistic.

    Enjoyed the beautiful poem, even though it's sad. BFN. Lesley

  9. Beautiful quilt. I love soft (anything with flannel) and muted
    tones. Your daughter will love it.
    The poem is perfect...

  10. Clare that's just beautiful - the quilt, rose and poem. I shall commence hanging my head in uncultured shame...

  11. Clare, I really like the heart quilted just in the center of the flannel quilt, near the lone red plaid rectangle. It quietly says your love for your daughter is not pale pink, it is passionate dark red. Very nice.

  12. You make i look so easy, and tempting :)
    I bought a sewing machine recently. Now I need to stop being so scared of it and make something.


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