Monday, February 11, 2013

Oh, How Sweet!

That's exactly what you'll say when you see the photos of my latest little quilt. For the past few weeks I've been working on a project for Andover Fabrics. They sent me some pretty pretty fabric from one of their recent lines designed by Renee Nanneman and said -  "We like your blog. Your followers are some of the sweetest people on the planet. Here, make something for them." Well, okay, that's not exactly what they said  - but I DID get the fabric and I DID make something out of it. A small quilt. And YOU get the free pattern.
                              
                                     
 

    
I know you are thinking it's a little out of the box for me and you are probably surprised by the PASTELS.  But I thought the fabric was so adorable and, anyway, secretly, I'm a pink and blue girl from way back. I've been itching to make something a little lighter for awhile now. Here was my chance.  Here's the pattern. I encourage you to thank Andover by "liking" them on Facebook.
 
 
Is this quilted floral border sweet or what?
 
Oh, and get this - something else that's "Sweet." Thanks to the generosity of the folks at Andover Fabrics - on Thursday, February 14, Valentine's Day, I will be giving away 30 (yes, 30!) Charm Packs of fabric to 30 lucky winners. Can you believe it? Come back here on Thursday and leave a comment for the big fabric Giveaway.
 
 
 
My little Sweet Pea Doll Quilt was made with some beautiful prints from The Chateau Chambray collection designed by Renee Nanneman for Andover. 

 
As a child, my daughter's nickname was Sweet Pea and she's always loved pink. I showed her the fabric and she fell in love with it and told me it sure would be nice if she had a quilt made out of it Not this one  . . . . a big quilt, LOL.

If you love this fabric too, post a comment on my blog on Thursday for a chance to win a charm pack. Visit your local quilt shop and see if they have it. Also, check out Andover's Blog. They often have awesome giveaways. "Like" them on Facebook! Read their Tweets! (Oh yes, and while you're at it, don't forget to take a look at the rest of their fabric on their website.)
 
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It's very easy to make!
 
 
This little sweetheart cried out to be hand quilted and so I dug through my stencils and came up with this one I've had for years -

 
I wish I could tell you where I bought it but I honestly can't remember. I checked The Stencil Company's website  and it's not one of theirs but they have so many other cute stencils to use for the borders I know you can find something similar if you get inspired and want to make one yourself. Just check out their page on stencils for 2.5 inch borders  that are perfect to use on these small quilts.
 
 
 Use a Sewline marking pencil or a fine line washable fabric marker. Mark the lines (lightly) and then quilt them. Easy as pie. Wash out the markings with a damp cloth after you're finished.
 
 
This pink candy-striped binding makes me smile.
 
 
I made another gorgeous quilt using more fabrics from Renee's Chateau Chambray line and will try to put the pattern up on my website sometime next week.
 

 
Don't forget to stop back here by on Thursday and leave me a comment for your chance to enter the giveaway for the Andover Charm Packs (Sorry, NOT the fat quarters shown above, but all those fabrics in a smaller pack). You'll be glad you did. And, let's just say these odds are much better than winning at Lotto . . . .
 

120 comments:

Judy said...

OMG! These colors are speaking very loudly to me right now! I just love this little quilt and the fabrics!!!! I need them!!!! lol.....

Kathleen Tracy said...

I KNOW!! I felt the same way. Pink and blue, pink and blue.

sandi s said...

Hi Kathy, it is adorable. I love the fabrics!

Anonymous said...

How sweet are those fabrics. Really speaking to me. Thank you for the pattern and also thank you for the giveaway. Hope I'm a winner!!
Paula
in SD

Paula said...

I love the pattern (Thank you) and I love the fabrics. I also have been wanting to do something in pastels. This will look so wonderful in my guest room. Thanks!

KarenQ said...

I love the pattern. And the fabric from Andover is beautiful! Would love to have some.
Best,
KarenQ
Fountain Valley, CA

melody said...

Oh Kathy,
It's so soft and feminine. Thank you for such a
sweet valentine.
Melody

anica gp said...

Hello!THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PATTERN,IT'S BEAUTIFUL...I LOVE IT!!!AND FABRICS TOO...did you change your photo?I think this is better,you´re prettier and younger than the other one!!!bye

Linda in IN said...

Oh my gosh, how did you know that stars are one of my favroite blocks. Love the fabrics. We need something light and bright to remind us Spring is on the way. Sure hope I get these Charms from this charming pattern designer.

Linda in IN

Betty Lou said...

Your little quilt is darling and so sweet, especially in the feminine Andover fabrics. Will check out the line. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Oh Kathy ! WOW !!! This little quilt is so sweet and just speaks to my Pink and Blue heart. It just does not get any better than this !

Joan in AZ
Small Quilt Talk Member

TonyaAnn said...

I just love the little quilt that you made with that fabric!!! It still has "your" touch in it which makes it unique. Thank you for the pattern....just think if I win the charm pack I could use them to make one!!!!

Jenny_stitcher said...

That is beautiful and definitely crying to be tried out :)

sandra said...

I love your new little quilt! Thanks for the free pattern! Love the fabris too!

Granny's Button Box said...

I love the colours of this fabric, having to wipe the drool off my chin! Your quilt is so pretty. Cheers Sharon

Jenny from Bristol UK said...

I just 'dropped by' to see if there was a new pattern and, WOW, it had arrived. I'm going to make it tonight!!! it's a beauty, thank you so much Kathy for all that you do!

sylvia said...

what a beautiful little quilt: I love it!
Sylvia

Beth said...

That is so sweet!The colors are adorable. Love the design.

Lizzerd said...

might W1617 be your stencil - http://quiltbug.com/notions/quilt-stencils.htm

Bonnie said...

Great little quilt and I LOVE that stencil. It is absolutely perfect for this sweet little quilt. I'll definitely be back for the Thursday sign up for the drawing. Neato that you got some free fabrics. Hum, any ideas for a new book yet? I don't want to push but I thought a little nudge might help!

Anonymous said...

Delicious colors and fabrics from Andover - this precious little "Sweet Pea Doll Quilt" was worth the wait. Everything about it is sweet. I'm with Bonnie on a new book...nudge, nudge, pretty please.
Ann in PA

jeanie johnson said...

Can't find the pattern! Help!:-((
Jeanie
Dearoldmom@cox.net

Sherryl said...

You're right - that's an awfully darn sweet pattern! Thanks for sharing. Love the fabric!!

alejandra said...

Beautiful quilt, great pattern, and the colors, I love the colors, :)

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Anonymous said...

How nice of you to make this free pattern for us, and for Andover Fabrics to supply a free give away!! Thanks so much, I love it! Karen/IL.

Elyte said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely little quilt pattern.

Regina said...

I love this pattern and the fabrics are perfect for it. I'm just starting to hand quilt. Do you use a hoop? I'm having a heck of a time using a thimble. I love your quilting.
Thanks for the pattern.

Heartsdesire said...

Thanks for generously sharing the pattern for this sweet little quilt. Your choice of fabrics from this collection is lovely, and using the strip for the binding is a great finish. Love the hand quilting, your stitches look perfect.

Kindred Quilts said...

A very sweet mini quilt made with very sweet fabrics! Thank you for the free pattern... it has been added to the "to do" list!

Gisele said...

Gorgeous little quilt Kathy, love the colours & thank you for the free pattern....oh dear another to add to my list! lol

Lesley said...

Gorgeous little quilt! Thank you so much for the pattern!

Quilting Kim said...

Very sweet and feminne quilt. It also makes me think that Spring is really on the horizon. Thanks for sharing it with us. I think that I have the same border stencil which I purchased from one of the quilt shows.

Kim/DE

Marsha said...

Kathy, thank you for this doll quilt, it is so sweet! It is perfect for my Grand Daughter, but I will make one for myself, too. I love the colors and the prints. I'm not on Facebook but a big Thank You goes out to Andover for the gorgeous fabric and for them having you design this adorable pattern!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the darling pattern. I am learning how to hand quilt and I hope to get this finished soon. Love, love, love the fabrics.
Thanks again.
Karen Wood

Colleen said...

That is a very sweet pattern and the quilting on the border is so cute. Thanks for the pattern and for sharing!

Nancy E said...

What a great little quiltand such nice fabric, too!

Natalie said...

Lovely pattern, lovely fabrics, thank you so much for sharing the pattern and for the giveaway, fingers crossed!

Mary A said...

I love the fabrics. I am waiting breathlessly for my sweet peas to bloom. Maybe by Easter? Hoping to win one of the fabric packs! Mary A

Nancy in IN said...

Love the quilt. Thanks for the pattern.

Meredith said...

Pink and blue are very traditional. I love them together.

Jubama said...

joli quilt !!!

pandchintz said...

That is such a sweet little quilt - thank you so much for the pattern! Love the fabrics - I'm a pink and blue girl too!!

DianeM said...

How pretty your newest little quilt is...and I love the fabrics :) I'll be back Thursday for sure!
Smiles, DianeM

Farmhouse Blessings said...

What a sweet little pattern! Thank you so much.
Blessings, Lea

Wilma Kuin said...

I love this liitle quilt!!

Ruth said...

The fabric is very lovely!

Tempus fugit said...

It's adorable !!! Thank you so much for the pattern !
Anne from France

Mimi said...

I love this quilt, the fabric, the pattern, everything. Thank you very much Kathy. This is such a treasure!

Podunkpretties said...

What a cute little quilt, thanks for the pattern.

Mardi said...

Sweet little quilt . Perfect for a tabletop per for me twin granddaughters little tea table. They also love pink. I will try to make them a few tiny mug rugs too. Thanks for the idea.

Kathy H said...

I love the quilt. I am usually not a pastel person either but those colors are very sweet.

marie said...

Love it, also like making small quilts for gifts. Thanks for the pattern.

Damenana said...

Sweet Quilt i Like Colors of fabrics, and i thank you for the lovely pattern, i Côme Back tomorow
Nadine from france

Anonymous said...

Just SO ADORABLE!! I LOVE the pastel colors - especially PINK! LOVE the pattern, too! Thank you for such a special Blog!!! The material is beautiful & I will be back tomorrow!

Sue said...

That really is very sweet and those fabrics look great for the upcoming spring season. I know I'm thinking about spring anyway��

Thank you for sharing!

Diane H said...

Thanks very much for the pattern. Your little quilt is adorable.

Susan M said...

You are right Kathy, it is sweet! Just might have to make it this weekend at a quilt retreat. Susan M

Kaaren said...

Another winner, Kathy!

I love those fabrics! They remind me of the mid to late 1980's when pinks and blues and ducks and geese were all the rage.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Another one to be added to my "to do" list.

Joanne said...

What a delightful quilt. The tutorial and hints are really helpful. Joanne

Rita said...

What pretty fabrics. Thank you so much for the pattern.

Debbie M said...

Love the fabrics and your quilt. So sweet. thanks for the chance to win.

Judith said...

Sew Sweet! Love the soft fabric's!

Judith, Texas

quilting Jeannet said...

Wow Kathy, I love your small dollquilt and I am almost cutting fabrics from my own stash, but this fabrics....lovely! Wish you a graet valentine and big inspiration, I am one of your greates fans in Holland!!

Christine said...

So cute your doll quilt and I love the fabrics designed by Renee Nanneman, sweet colors.
Many thanks for this giveaway and the pattern !
Have a nice day.

Christine, France

Yarn and Yearn said...

Ooooh! Soooo pretty! It's Thursday here in Australia already - does that count?

verbreea said...

what a beautiful fabrics you used for the little doll quilt. It's a very nice pattern thank you very much for the free pattern.
have a nice valentine.
ada

Carolyn Bahl said...

Really like your quilt, the one block and mostly the fun borders. The fabric is differant from your normal, but you did an awsome job to make it fit your style. The fabric are beautiful, I mosly like civil war fabric but these are nice. Just might try them. Have a Happy Valentine'd Day.

marian said...

Kathy, oh 'sweet pea' is ssoo ADORABLE, as too are the fabrics!!
Many thanks to Andover for this fabulous giveaway..i've got my fingers & toes crossed lol!!!
Happy Valentine's Day :)))
cheers...Marian

Faith Swanson said...

Kathy,
Thank you for the adorable pattern - your instructions are always so clear and easy to follow. What a great choice for these fabrics! Please enter me in this awesome giveaway. Have a great day. Faith Swanson

Louise said...

I *love* this quilt! Thank you for offering it to us.

Happy Valentine's Day

Louise in France

Karen said...

Thank you so much for the free pattern...your little quilt is adorable and the fabric was a perfect choice.

Marsha said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Love the new pattern and would enjoy having some of Renee's fabric to use.

Anonymous said...

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY Kathy! So sweet of you to share your adorable "Sweet Pea Doll Quilt" pattern. Many thanks to you and Andover fabrics for this wonderful giveaway. Ann in PA

Carole Thorpe said...

Oh I love this fabric! I hope I win.

Sue Bennett said...

Love the fabric, I have liked Andover fabrics on FB forever. Love the free pattern so I hope I am one of the 30 winners.

suebennett1975@gmail.com

Sue Bennett said...

May is a good choice for the quilt.

Anonymous said...

This is the perfect quilt for May!! Happy Valentines Day Kathy, Karen/IL.

Melody said...

Happy "Charming" Valentines Day! WaaHoo, it doesn't get better than this Valentines day with a fabric giveaway. Have a great day.
Melody :)

Jeanine said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Oooh, the quilt is so sweet! The charm packet will make a perfect valentines. Thanks!

Jenny_stitcher said...

Happy Valentine's Day or should that be "Charm" day.

I adore this little quilt and am going to leave a big hint for a belated valentines gift :)

Susan Gray said...

Great fabrics! Wouldn't they make the perfect Valentine gift for me.LOL. Susan in NY

Lynn S said...

It's Thursday! Happy Valentines Day to all. The quilt pattern is adorable--thanks for letting us have a copy too. I love your choice of colors. Please enter me in the fabric contest too! Thanks much!

Judy said...

I want to add my 'Happy Valentine's Day" wish too! Love the fabrics in the little quilt! Oh the things I could do!!! Pick me!!!! :-)
Judy in Boston

Denise :) said...

This is just precious!! Thank you so much for sharing with us! There's a contest going on at Martingale ... win $100 of product ... one of the questions on the entry form asks what you'd buy with it. I put, "Buy every thing by Kathleen Tracy that's available!" Have a GREAT and Happy Valentine's Day! :)

Anonymous said...

The fabrics are great! It is nice to see aa line of fabrics that are soft in their coloring. Debbie

Anonymous said...

I'd love a chance to win these fabrics and make something small and pretty with them - your pastel coloured quilt is lovely. Hope you are enjoying your Valentines Day, and thanks for this giveaway.
Best wishes,
Kate

Mimi said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I LOVE these fabrics and this pattern is beautiful. I just also want to say that since I've gotten all your books and joined the Small Quilt Group, I've so enjoyed myself. What a great group of people; talented, helpful, encouraging. I've learned a great deal in the short time I've been a part of it. I read it first thing every day and have enjoyed the fellowship. This new pattern is lovely and like a Valentine in itself! Thanks for everything you've done for

Graciela said...

Hermosas telas!!!!Gracias por la oportunidad de ganar este charm. Feliz San Valentín. Graciela

Carolyn said...

Love the feminine prints. Please enter me in your giveaway. I would like to make a small quilt for my little granddaughter.

Thank you for your blog and free patterns!

Mimi said...

Oops, hit the key by mistake! Thanks for everything you've done for all the small quilt fans! Mimi

Anonymous said...

The colors in this line are so rich. They can be used in making so many little quilts. I love their cheerfulness. Happy Valentine's Day to all.
Kathleen

Darlene D said...

Wow, great prize! I love this little quilt, thanks for another sweet pattern!

Anonymous said...

Sweet Kathy,

Your blog is always uplifting! You were the first quilt designer I ever met in person...an honor! There is a "Kathy Tracy Wall of Fame" in our house. Several quilts I have made over the years from your patterns. Lovely, as you!
Sue McQuade in Schaumburg IL.

Linda Douglas said...

Thank you Kathy for the pattern and for all you do for us. This is a very pretty pattern and I love this collection of fabrics.

Anonymous said...

Kathy,,
What a cute little mini quilt,,odd not seeing it done in 1800 reproduction fabric,,but the fabric you used makes it look nice and airy...great pattern,,Kudo's to you!
Linda J VA
LJeterpudd@aol.com

mizzwestview said...

I'm loving this quilt! The fabrics and hand quilting are fabulous (perfect stencil). Thank you for sharing this adorable pattern.

Paula said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! Love the quilt.

mimi'sdarlins said...

I love all of Renee's fabrics and patterns, and this one is adorable. I have a stencil much like the one you used. Thank you so much for sharing it and also for the lovely giveaway.

Regina said...

Would love to win the Andover charm pack.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Lu Ann said...

Love the collection of fabrics. So Sweet! Can't wait to make this quilt. Thank you!

Diane H said...

Thanks for a chance.Can't wait to make this pattern.

Amy R said...

Thanks for the wonderful pattern and the continual inspiration! We are so very lucky!

Donna Klessner said...

Thank you so much for the pattern. Love the fabrics! Especially the pastels for Valentine's Day

Sarah said...

Sweet little pattern and the fabrics are amazing. Would love to have a charm pack! Thanks, and Happy Valentine's Day.

Anonymous said...

The quilt is just adorable! Thank you for the pattern and thanks to Andover for their wise choice of designer to use the new line. I just finished making "Civil War Scraps Doll Quilt", the Feb. QOM, and now I want to go make "Sweet Pea" today. I have all your books, love your blog, life is good :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the chance to win the fabric and a big heartfelt thank you for taking the time to share your talent and knowledge with everyone on your blog...it`s my favorite!

Anonymous said...

Good morning Kathy!
Thank you for the lovely little quilt pattern. My sister calls me Sweet Pea so I thought it was very cute that the name of the quilt was the same. Thank you for all you continue to do. I made my first doll quilt- well, my first ever quilt, because of the inspiration I received from you. Now after about 3 1/2 years, I am still loving every minute. I will post some pictures soon as I have found some neat little beds on which to display some. Thanks also to Andover for arranging for this incredible giveaway!
Peg in NJ

Anonymous said...

Pastels have never been my thing, but I was utterly CHARMED by your Sweet Pea quilt. Teri in Texas

Anonymous said...

Kathy, thanks for the precious Sweet Pea quilt pattern, and thanks to Andover for the fabric. You're the greatest when it comes to putting colors where they are most effective. Thanks again for your inspiration.

The Civil War Quilter said...

Love the Sweet pea quilt! I downloaded the pattern, thanks! Those fabrics are gorgeous. Please enter me in your giveaway. Happy Valentine's Day!

Quilts, Etc said...

Kathy, I love this quilt. I would love to be one of the winners in your fabric give-away. Barb

Rosa said...

Beautiful quilt and design.Your handquilting is just wonderful!Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I would like to take a trip to the Caribbean on a pirate ship with Johnny Depp. I could run all those winning fat quarters up on the Mast. And if there were any left, I would I would drape them around the neck of the figurehead leading the way with Beautiful Colors blowing in the sea breeze! Mary in AZ. sew_girl@yahoo.com

Karen said...

What a sweet little quilt. I have all your books, so I know what a departure these colors are for you but isn't it fun to do something different once in a while! With those beautiful fabrics who could resist?

Louise said...

Love your quilt - thank you too for the sweet pea pattern - it is so sweet. Happy Valentine's Day. Louise in Wyoming

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy love the lighter colors, sometimes we need to step out of our box. Perfect for red white and blue.
Carolyn
Nwstitcher @yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Your Blog is the BEST one I have ever read!! It has really got me excited about making this adorable quilt!! I would love to WIN some of the fabric in your Giveaway, as the pastel colors are so precious! I do appreciate the free pattern, too! Thank you so much!
Linda A. - Texas

Judy said...

I absolutely adore Jacques Pepin - he has held up so well after all these years! That voice! That face! And he can cook! Can you tell that I'm a lady 'of a certain age'? 122160boyle@gmail.com

Judith Dursley said...

Pinks would be a challenge away from my usual Civil War colours. My valentine would be delivered by Jack Reacher from the books by Lee Child, but as he's not real, George Clooney would be an acceptable substitute.

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