Here it is just 3 days until Valentine's Day. That's enough time to whip out a quick little Valentine love-themed-snuggle-on-the-couch quilt. There are several versions of simple heart block patterns patterns and different layouts for quilt blocks for free (or for purchase) on several different locations on the internet. I did an image search and found a full range of beautiful blocks with as many different variations as one could ever imagine.
As usual, so many ideas, so many possibilities ... so little time. GRRRR ...
Isn't the heart tied up in a bow with the LeMoyne star in the middle just the most precious block ever!
One of my favorite things to do is to use a heart block as a filler when I'm putting together a sampler made of orphan blocks and exchange blocks. See my little heart sandwiched in between 4 patches, a little hexie flower, and some bigger star blocks. Just the thing I needed to make all the different sized blocks come out as neat and tidy rows and strips. This means I need to be able to create heart blocks in a variety of different sizes as I try to make all of my strips and rows come out with even edges. I found a great tutorial on the internet with Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. She has a chart with cutting instructions for heart blocks sized from 4" to as large as 10" AND she has a very easy to understand picture tutorial for assembling a heart block.
Way to go Allison for helping us out with our projects!
You may have noticed (if you've been poking around the store a bit this week and last) that heart blocks and heart edge-to-edge quilting designs have been on sale! And sale prices are always a good thing. So hop on over to the HEARTS CATEGORY and check it out. New designs have been uploaded just so you can keep your pattern library fresh and up-to-date.
And ... as a special thank you for stopping by and following along on my blog I have a special freebie for you this month: a redwork pattern featuring ribbons and flowers in a heart shaped wreath. I used an outline stitch and french knots for embroidery stitches and then used my completed block as the center of my wall-hanging surrounded by ... of course ... heart blocks!
And, if that wasn't enough I found this cute table-topper on McCalls Quilting website that seemed to be calling my name. I love the little heart chain in the center and the way the heart blocks are flush to the edge without the distraction of a binding.
Have a wonderful love-day-holiday with all who are special in your life, and thanks for stopping by.
I knew, the minute I saw this quilt pattern I would have to make this pattern. Let me start by telling you this is a free project pattern that can be found at Make It Sew home of Cloud 9 Fabrics. The strips are wide and the blocks are large so this quilt top will go together really quickly. And the best part ... its a scrappy stash buster. And so, while I'm waiting to get the time for some cutting and sewing I find myself at the computer design screen playing with curves and shapes and making marks. Do you see that hexie hiding in there among all those triangles? I am a HUGE fan of hexie. I always have a (or several) hexie projects going all at once using the English Paper Piecing method. My project tins, baskets, and bags make great "take-alongs" when I know I'll have time where I need to be responsible for entertaining myself.
Soooo ... I was really hooked ... my fingers were itching and my mouse was twitching ... when those hexies popped out on the top for me. Here's what I came up with:
I designed the Diamond Kiss patterns years ago when I was working with a 4-patch 60 degree diamond patchwork pattern. When I saw the 60 degree diamonds again here with this pattern I knew what I had to do. And, 1694 KISSES came to life. I love the swirly motion in the hexie block and the curvy lines lead your eye back and forth across this quilt top as you are led to discover something new every time you stop for a minute and just "enjoy the view."
Here's what my quilt will look like ... except I will most likely be working down my 30's reproduction stash ...
And you can have fun dreaming and playing as you think about making your own prismatic quilt. Just grab your markers or your crayons and go here for a free download of the Kisses Coloring Sheet.
PS: Hey, if you do decided to play with the hexies on a Prismatic (or any other quilt) send me photos or tag me on instagram. (@kayoft) I always love checking out your projects and seeing what's on your sewing table today.
HOORAY FOR FEBRUARY!
If it has hearts in it and it's and it's an edge-to-edge design it's on sale this week :)
... and that includes the three new designs I uploaded this week, too.
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Yes, look very closely at the bottom of the photo and you will see it ... that's right, I did an inside trim. If you've been in any of my classes you'll hear me give my reasoning ... the biggest reason I can think of learning how to do free motion quilting ... no more 100's and 1000's of click points so you can do either an inside or outside trim around a piece of applique. And, since I started out with my first longarm machine in 1999, a Gammill Classic Plus and driving the machine myself, I can always drop a freemotion background around applique pieces much more quickly than using the trim feature. So, I have never really had much reason to play with this function in Creative Studio on my Statler Stitcher ... until I got to the finish of Juanita's quilt.
Now, I do have to admit, coming from my background in freemotion and how I was taught longarm quilting, I do prefer to sew off the edges so the tie-offs are hidden and secured under the binding. This means that in most cases I probably would have allowed this edge-to-edge pattern to go ahead and sew off the bottom of the quilt. But in this case, the batting scraps (which Juanita told me to keep) were just the right size for another small project I want to do so I didn't want to have to pick-out the quilting. My only option then is to use the INSIDE TRIM function. You can see the white box at the bottom of the quilt where any quilting that fell in that space was trimmed away. Tie offs occured in the binding area of the quilt all along that line giving a nice neat secure finish to the pattern. I have a batting scrap just the right size for my next project; and I have officially done my first INSIDE TRIM on a customer quilt - my first since I stitched out my test sample certifying me as an instructor for Creative Studio. Yeah!
Juanita's quilt was quilted with 1283 Cherrios Fill. What a great textural edge-to-edge pattern that stitces out so smooth and balanced. I don't know about you but I'm finding more and more how much I loke the look of a textural background edge-to-edge over a pieced quilt. The quilting design enhances the piecing without distracting the eye with a recognizable image ... a heart or a frog or a leaf that might be a part of the quilting design. And usually these textural patterns a a pretty quick stitch-out.
The piecing pattern is MQS 120 Bebe Bears.
Juanita had this yummy rich flannel in her stash - blue florals with a soft mossy green background, the solid powder blue, and a cream small print background. We used Warm Bond for the batting. I like the drape of Warm's 80/20 blend for most of my quilts. I love the crumpled antique look caused by shrinkage when my quilts that have this batting are washed. They come out of the dryer so soft and cozy. For thread, I used Siganture's 100% cotton on the top and in the bobbin ... a soft yellow to give a "cast of sunshine" across the top of the quilt.
... be bold ...
... be brave ...
... make and share the music of your soul ...
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Isn't this just the most yummy collection of fabric from Northcott. The press release reads: Wellesley by Ro Gregg Designed by Ro Gregg for Northcott. A romantic cottage feel that fits perfectly in a shabby chic decor. The natural colorway features creamy tans, milk chocolate browns and soft pinks. Perfect for quilts, duvet covers, shams, pillows and curtains. Florals in a variety of sizes, a paisley, a floral stripe, small tonal stripes, and a geometric print make this collection very versatile.
Just wait until you see what I've come up with to show the collection off a
t its best! Go HERE for more on TEA ROSES ... a patchwork pattern and featured quilting suggestions. Cut a strip here, sew a seam there, arrange a set of blocks into a row, apply a few borders and ... VOILA! And such was the tale with the yummy fabric bundle from Northcott. The collection is called Wellesley and includes a beautiful border stripe fabric. I use two historic traditional block designs for this pattern:
Coxey's Camp and Arkansas Snowflake. You will find I frequently surround the body of my quilts with a float border of the background fabric. This helps to highlight the blocks within their setting separate from the border. Using small repeating borders creates a dimensional frame for the quilt body and doesn't that gorgeous floral border stripe look like the most elegant ornate gold leaf frame you've ever seen.
This quilt would fit very nicely in a tea room or sun room done in the shabby chic style. I'll be using my quilt in my guest room done around a garden theme.
The pattern MQS 131E TEA ROSES comes with 3 different quilt sizes (throw, full, and queen) and features fully illustrated step-by-step instructions with alternate suggestions for border designs.
I also included a custom alternating block quilting design mock-up suggestion using 1372 Journey Block and 1279 Feather Block. Happy Accident:I love the way the tear drop design fits into the triangle of the Arkansas Snowflake block and the way motion is created with the spikey points of the quilting design in contrast with the smooth flow of the feather block. Border suggestion: think about using 1273 P2P FEATHER BORDER in the outer floral border and using a 1/4" echoing line of stitching to highlight the framing inner borders.
And, finally, don't you just love it when you can explore your options with my favorite design software Electric Quilt to see how a pattern might look using different fabrics ...
It was a long time in coming but finally the pattern made it to publication. The piecing techniques follow the same process as outlined in my book Curves That Connect. Minimal pinning and use of the stiletto to help in matching the curved edges of the patches make this difficult looking patchwork as easy as pie! You can see detail photo and written instruction on page 72.
When you take a second look at the cutting and piecing instructions for the pattern you will notice that it works very well as a technique sampler as you explore or refine your piecing skills. Full scale templates are included with the pattern. I like to use the extra thick template plastic when making templates for patchwork patterns. Many times I will cut two of the same template piece out the plastic and stick them together with strategically placed double sided sticky tape to make the template just a little more sturdy. I will also use the smallest rotary cutter (18mm) because the blade is so small I would have to work really really hard to shave off part of my template.
The pattern also includes photos of possible quilting designs to be used once the top is pieced. I took advantage of the secondary designs created from the patchwork to guide in the quilting design process helping to to create a look similar to a cathedral window. You have seen this collection in my catalog ... a collection of block patterns, a triangle pattern, and an E2E pattern. You can see more details about this collection HERE.