Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A 60th Birthday Quilt - Pink and Black!

Three weeks ago, I was on the hunt to find fabric to complete a quilt.  While I didn't find the fabrics I was looking for, I did find this fun site, Fat Quarter Shop.  They offered a number of free patterns, of which, I fell in love with a Kate Spain for Moda called Cuzco.  The fabric color combinations are beautiful!  I printed out the pattern for future use....

My MIL knows that I quilt and likes to bring up a quilt that her mother made but she no longer has, as it was lost in moves and a divorce.  She is turning 60 this year.  It's a big birthday.  So, to celebrate this milestone, there is a pink and black girls only party this weekend.  

When I found out about the party, I immediately knew what I would be giving my MIL for this birthday: a pink and black version of Cuzco.  Since I needed to find all of the material quickly, I headed out to Joanns on MLK day.  The fabric was on sale and I could use my 30% off total purchase coupon.  Doesn't get any better than that!  (Unless it's free, but it was pretty close at this point)

I picked out 9 different blacks and 9 different pinks.  You would think this would be easy, but alas, all blacks don't match and all pink don't go together.  I purchased  at least half yards of all of the fabrics; a couple of them were end of the bolt, so I was able to get a deeper discount on the little bits past half a yard.  
Ironed and ready to go!

I cut more 2.5 inch wide (by WOF) strips than I needed:

Really, it worked out for the best, because I realized that I prepared all of the pink strips to match only one of the blocks.  I also only needed 8 of each color.  I saved a print that was more red than pink for a future project.  The extra black pattern, a paisley -ish print, will be the back of the quilt.  
Two down, seven to go! 
Once I caught the mistake on the pink blocks, I was able to correct the issue with the black blocks.  At this point, I have more than enough strips to do one of two things: make a second black and pink Cuzco quilt OR a different strip quilt.  

I'll be posting a picture of the finished top in the next couple of days...just need to think of a quilting design....thoughts?