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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Epic Pink Dream

Hi friends! Hello new friends! I want to share with you what has become a dream of mine.

About a dozen years ago, I discovered charm quilts. Do you know what a charm quilt is? It is a one block quilt with no two fabric pieces the same. No repeats at all. Well once I get an idea in my head, I have a hard time letting it go. ;) So I have been collecting fabric for at least the last 7 years. And then........ nothing. I stitched. I made wall quilts, bed quilts, lap quilts, just not THAT quilt.

At the beginning of this year, I came across Carolien. She was making a Thimble Quilt. GO CHECK IT OUT!!! This is a tiny version of the Tumbler Quilt. She inspired me! Then I figured out how many different fabrics I would need to make a charm Thimble Quilt. HA! Forget that!!

So I decided on a 4 inch tumbler block. I did NOT prewash my hundreds of small pieces of fabric. They are all in the same color range. They will shrink a bit after the first wash, and I am great with that! Oh I did not tell you!! This is a ONE HUNDRED PERCENT PINK CHARM TUMBLER QUILT! tee hee! THIS is my dream my friends!

I have been busy this last week cutting 322 tumbler blocks. I need 162 more pink fabrics though. I need a total of 484 for my charm quilt. Here they are.
Doesn't look like that much, but it sure does take time to cut them all. Especially since I fussy cut each one so it would look great. So I will keep seeking out pink fabric and then cut them up til I reach the goal.

Here are all 322 different pink fabrics lined up. I took this picture one second before Henry jumped across the stack.
In the mean time I will still be stitching and then starting Jacob's quilt. He has been patiently waiting on me. :) I am currently waiting for batiks to go on sale at JoAnn. I want to do the entire quilt in blue and yellow batiks. I have never sewn with batiks. I am going  to prewash the fabrics. Could you imagine if the fabrics bled, and the whole thing turned green?! Does anyone have advice for me about batiks? I would love to hear your tips.

Thank you for stopping by and listening to my epic pink dream. :) I appreciate you. I will be back soon with a stitchy finish.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

34 comments:

Brigitte said...

Carolien's thimble quilt is fantastic. I loved seeing it grow until it was finsihed. And all the pink fabrics you are collecting for your tumbler quilt are fantastic too. THis will become the perfect pink quilt for you.

Carolien said...

Hello Vickie,

Oh my, you made me blush! How nice you're making this pink charm quilt!!! I don't have an enormous stash but I do have some pink fabrics ... I will make a picture later on the day (see my next blog post) and when you see new ones and would like to use them, I'll send them to you, if you like. Sounds like fun!

Have a nice day & Dutch greetings, Carolien

Jacquie Morris said...

WOW!!! I love the sound of your epic pink dream... Go you!!
Follow your heart.... Oh my, a lot of pink fabric!! Oh but I am so excited for you... Your doing something I have dreamed about doing for such a long long time. Your going to make a quilt.... I will one day :)
Looking forward to popping in and seeing your progress :)
Smiles :)

Jane said...

This looks like so much fun Vickie and oh! I am so tempted, it's a brilliant way to use up left over materials.
Off to research right now, you've really inspired me, thank you for such a great post.
Look forward to seeing progress pictures soon.
Hugs to Mabel and Henry xxx

Cindy's Stitching said...

Its a great goal. Must be fun picking out the fabrics.
I made a batik quilt. No different then any other quilt.

diamondc said...

Pink is my favorite color, wow this will be a beauty.
Love the Pepsi ad, I gave up Pepsi for Lent, it hurts, hurry up Easter Sunday.

Happy stitching
Catherine

StitchinByTheLake said...

Vickie if you will send me your mail info I'll send you some of my pink pieces. How big should they be...will a 5" square work or does it need to be larger? blessings, marlene

marly said...

If I had any pink fabrics, I would pass them along. How difficult is it to know if you already have that print? I'm sure you will reach your goal and create a beautiful PINK quilt!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh this is an awesome project! I can't wait to see you start. It's important to follow your dreams, because often it leads to a great love. :) Blessings always sweet friend. :)

Carol said...

Wow! What a goal, Vickie--I can't imagine keeping all of those pink fabrics straight... I'd be happy to help you out and will send you a photo of my very few pink fabrics if you want to see if any would work... Henry looks like he doesn't quite know what to make of this project :)

Annie said...

This is such an ambitious project. You really need perseverance for this one! What dedication to fussy cut those pieces. I love pink, so I think it will be beautiful in the end. Good luck with this!

Honeybee said...

Your pink quilt is going to be fantastic! It will be fun to watch your progress.

Anne said...

Wow! Look at all those pink fabrics!! It'll be an amazing quilt and I'm like you, fussy with the cutting which takes sooooo long! PS I'll email you later. Hugs and prayers!

Shirley said...

Good Morning Vickie, I have enjoyed catching up with you. I have enjoyed seeing what you have been stitching and especially liked your pink on brown. We are both guilty of changing colors on things that we make. I will look forward to seeing your progress as you work on your pink quilt. Pink for you and lavender or purple for me. Ha. Have a great day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Marion K said...

I love pink !!!
Hope to see soon more from your quilt :))
Greetings Marion

Margaret said...

Oh my goodness - what a huge project. But oh what fun you must be having - even just collecting all those different pink fabrics sounds great.

Looking forward to seeing more soon.

Faith... said...

So many pink fabrics - I love it! I can't wait to see your quilt; I think it is going to be awesome.

rosey175 said...

Bah, this should be blue! :)

But it will look delightful when done and you have a ton of extra pink fabric to back all your pink stitches! And it will be so fun to have something just for you~ :D

Margaret said...

I love your tumblers! Great collection of pink fabrics! Glad to hear Henry jumped over and not onto your fabrics. lol! I love batiks! It's been years since I used them though. They are so great -- like solids only more interesting! I think that's why I've always liked them. Looking forward to seeing everything!

Preeti said...

Your pink dream is surely going to be magnificent and cute :) so many blocks !!
I enjoyed reading about your first few lines how you collected fabric and then just did something else other than the one you so much wanted to. I guess we all get diverted towards other things doing more and more we want to try and enjoy :)
Batiks are very common fabric in India and since they are hand dyed, most of them bleed. So I don't use them. Also, I am not a fan of that print, it looks scribbled and cluttered print.

Julie said...

Such a wonderful project this will be, all that pink..... pink perfection!

Lesley said...

Am looking forward to the day you start making your quilt Vickie,all those pinks together,will be aamzing.

Melissa said...

My goodness, that's going to be a gorgeous pink quilt!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Oooh, this looks like an exciting project! Can't wait to see it grow :D

Jenny said...

Hi Vickie, Isn't Carolien's Thimble Quilt wonderful? I have watched her work on it for the last couple of years and it has turned out beautifully. I love your blog and your pink quilt will be a beautiful one too. I love thimble and tumbler quilts so it will be really fun to watch you collect your fabrics and then put it all together. Happy quilting :)

Frances N said...

I love your pink fabrics! This quilt will be a beautiful creation!!! So pretty!

Michelle said...

How wonderful and I love pink xx

Beth said...

Wow Vickie! That is going to be an awesome quilt.

Lillie said...

Looking forward to your pink quilt.

Hendry is so cute, must have thought you've put out some toy to play :D

Mii Stitch said...

What a sweet pink dream!! I am amazed at how much pink fabric you already have :) Your cut tumblers look so neat & perfect!!

Maggee said...

wow--that is going to be a lot of different pinks! I have many pink fabbies too...and will send you pictures soon, in case you can use pieces for your quilt! Hugs!

Lumiruusu said...

I just Lillies blog and here I found another unbelieveable beautifull quilting project-I am so jealous and admire your tradition of quilting..It is all very new for us in Scandinavia.Oh how i would love to learn even the most easyest basic skills. I have to admit I have no clue how it is possible to cut so many pieces of fabric in same shape and SEW them 100% the same way.Even my straight lines when sewing for example curtains are not straight... Bless You skillfull hands and Your beautiful heart.God is with us!

Melanie said...

Oh my goodness, that is an AMAZING project! I love it already!! :)

Christina said...

I will gladly raid my stash to contribute to your pink quilt. I have worked with batiks and not a problem. Just wash before you use them and I used one of those dye catcher sheets.