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In the Pink

March 10, 2011

In January I started working at a little quilting shop.  I only work two afternoons a month for a few hours and it has been wonderful.  And the very best part about it is I get paid in fabric.  Literally.  My “money” has been adding up since the beginning of the year, and yesterday I finally used some of it for a good cause.  What’s that cause?  Pink.  My good cause is pink.

four pinks

It all started out with that pink polka dot (from the Bliss line) on the top right.  I cut some off the bolt for a customer and was left with just one yard.  And one yard of fabric is really hard to wrap back up on the bolt.  And as I was jabbing it with pins to get it to stay put I realized something.  That pink was the same shade as the pink in the fabric on the left (Apron Strings from Andover Fabrics).  And that pink and red leafy print is one I am in absolute love with.  And have been for a while.  I don’t know what it is about it, but it is one of my favorites. (I’m guessing it has something to do with the pink…)  And then I saw the diagonal stripe hanging out, and then remembered the other pink and red leafy print in the middle…. and that is when my next project was born.  It all started out with a polka dot.

pretty in pink

And then it grew to this.  I took my stack of pinks from my stash to the quilt shop and started auditioning other fabrics with them.  And this is what I came home with.  Something like 10 yards of beautiful pinks and reds and an idea for a new quilt.  For me.  Not for a bed, not for a picnic blanket, not to serve any purpose other than to make me smile.  That pretty leafy print is going on the back and the diagonal stripe will be the binding.  And looking at these 20 something different lovelies together makes me all sorts of happy.

stacks of pinks

I mean seriously, aren’t pink and red the happiest of colors?  Yes.  Yes they are.  I realize this looks a little Valentines-y, but I can’t help it.  When you love pink you love pink all year round.  I was folding laundry last week and realized that five out of eight shirts in my stack were pink.  I think that means it’s true love. Happy Thursday!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. betsy permalink
    March 10, 2011 2:01 pm

    i love all those. i can’t wait to see the quilt! glad you guys are finally feeling better. i’ve missed you!! xoxo

  2. March 10, 2011 2:03 pm

    A) I had no idea you started working…I feel like a bad sister.

    B) I don’t remember the last time I did laundry once a week…it’s been…years. Usually it’s like “wow, how am I going to fit these 25 shirts in my closet again!? Seriously, self, start doing laundry more than once every 3 weeks!”


  3. Susan Twilley permalink
    March 10, 2011 2:12 pm

    Love, love, love the combination of fabrics! Too bad you can’t tag the fabrics so I could find them in my favorite fabric shop close to home. Happy quilting.

  4. March 10, 2011 2:21 pm

    You lucky girl – working in a quilt shop! How fun is that? Have fun with your payment. 🙂

  5. March 10, 2011 2:47 pm

    How fun is that!!! Love love love your fabrics.

  6. March 10, 2011 3:14 pm

    what a perfect job…and what seriously great pinks and reds!

  7. March 10, 2011 3:16 pm

    When I worked at my LQS, I got paid in money, but I never took it home in that form, it always looked like cotton by the time it got to my front door. I bet you love those few hours a month to chat with other grown ups and keep up on all that’s new and exciting in the quilting scene – it’s fun, isn’t it?? Love your pinky parade.

  8. Tami B permalink
    March 10, 2011 3:42 pm

    I’m so HAPPY YOU’RE BACK!!! Hopefully you and Creamie will get healthier quickly.
    I love all the pretty fabrics. I want to work in a fabric shop when I retire … it seems like so much fun.
    So glad you’re better!

  9. March 10, 2011 3:45 pm

    Sooo pretty! Good choices!

  10. March 10, 2011 4:06 pm

    You had me at Hello.

  11. March 10, 2011 5:22 pm

    Your back! And i am loving the posts.
    These fabrics are so pretty. And working in the quilting shop sounds so lovely and a perfect job for you as you are skilled in the area and know your stuff!


  12. tracy permalink
    March 10, 2011 8:40 pm

    we’ve never met, but i wanted to tell you how much i enjoy your blog. i always look forward to your stories, great thrifted finds, and creative being.
    i hope to meet you soon…not in a creepy way though.
    i’m betsy’s sister, and she has such wonderful things to say about you!
    so for now i’ll just keep blog stalking you.
    keep posting! 🙂

  13. March 10, 2011 8:47 pm

    Rose colored glasses my friend 🙂

    LOVE all the pink and red, and working at a fabric store to get fabric, and making a quilt just for smiles.

  14. March 11, 2011 7:40 am


    I’m so out of touch. Where are you working? And do you love it? I know if I worked at a fabric shop, I would get paid in fabric . . . and I might even end up owing them (lol).

    Your pink and red fabrics are absolutely fabulous. And I didn’t think Valentine’s at all. I can’t wait to see your quilt. And I love all those dots! Polka dots are the BEST. I’m in the cutting stages for a quilt that is all polka-dots and I’m really excited about it. Yay for you! That quilt is going to be really awesome!

    xo -El

  15. March 11, 2011 5:30 pm

    Nice stack of pink!!! 🙂 these look great together.
    I need to email you back… I’ve just been sleeping whenever I get the chance. 🙂

  16. March 16, 2011 1:57 am

    love, love, love it.

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