Barbie Gets An Edge

It’s not really starting a new quilt if you are using up fabrics and pieces you’ve already cut, is it? It’s like using stuff up, not going out and buying something new?

I went to my box of scraps and thought it would be fun to do a quick pink quilt, you always need a girlie quilt when a new baby girl comes along and I had a lot of pink 2 1/2 inch squares to use up. I thought it would be fun to put some 1 inch borders around each one, just to liven things up a little bit.

It isn’t a quick quilt. The four patches were a piece of cake, but putting the borders on is WORK. And I know I am making it harder on myself, but it matters where the colors go, like different colors have to be touching, and they have to sort of drift into one another . . . don’t they? It’s taking a lot longer to put together this top than I intended. At the same time, I find myself enjoying the process, and isn’t that the point, too? I am not doing this like a factory, it’s supposed to be FUN, not work!

Here is where I started:

This is where I am:

I still have six more rows to go:

Here’s where I am having fun – you know how Barbie is all sweet and that sweet pink, mostly like Pepto-Bismo Pink, some innocent and light pinks, sometimes hot pink, but very very pink, right? But I am thinking about Barbie grows up, Barbie faces real life with all it’s thrills and disappointments, the good times and the betrayals, and Barbie shifts into some raging reds, some violent violets and some outrageous oranges – all full of pink, but verging on out-there. I’m having a lot of fun with it. It makes me grin. It’s not a baby quilt. It’s not even a little girl quilt. A girl has to grow into this quilt!


2 thoughts on “Barbie Gets An Edge

  1. Violette says:

    I love the 4 patch quilt. It is coming along nicely. 3 or 4 bloggers I follow made pink 4 patch quilts in the past year and they all had a different, distinctive look. I would like to start one soon myself.

  2. worldquilter says:

    LLOOLL, Violette, four patches are SO easy! I use them a lot, like in the Paths quilts (hmmm, actually that should be a catagory, I do them so often and they look so different every time) where you mix the 4 patch with the anvil block like in African Paths.

    But this one – where how the colors are placed matters, and how they are framed matters – this one, instead of being a fast quilt, turned out to be a very painstaking quilt!

    You NEVER know where a quilt is going to take you, do you? Some of the easiest turn out to be the hardest, and some of the hardest go in a whiz? I am eager to see what you come up with. 🙂 (or up with what you come, if you are a grammarian, LOL)

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