Hi Fellow Quilters,
Susan & I are so happy to be included in the “Put A Little Love In Your Quilt!” blog hop. A great big “Thank you!” to our friend Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for organizing this fun event. After you’ve finished your visit here, make sure that you hop on over to the rest of the participating blogs and show them some love too! You’ll find the list of links at the end of this post.
Love and quilting just seem to go together! We love to quilt, and we’ve realized that we also love to include a few hearts in our quilts. When Susan and I put our heads together and thought about it, we have quite a few quilt designs that include hearts. We’ll take a look at each of them today! But first, here’s a new project that I made just for this event!
I made this pair of Valentine’s Day hot pads using our January “Conversation Hearts” BOM pattern. I chose two contrasting prints to make the paper pieced hearts. It took just 1/4 yard each of the two prints to make this cute pair of hot pads. I used Insul-Bright heat-proof batting, since these are meant to be used! Each hot pad has four hearts, so I used eight paper piecing diagrams for the project.
After the hearts were pieced, I played around with how to place the finished heart blocks. Here are two of the possible layouts that I considered while I was playing:
While I like the idea of alternating the colors of the pieced hearts, I wasn’t wild about the secondary pattern that forms between them. Maybe I would have liked it better if I had used a third print for all of the backgrounds, but it just wasn’t working for me with only two-fabrics. In the end, I chose the placement on the left with all of the identical heart squares on the same hot pad. This project was quick & easy, finished and ready to use in an afternoon. If you didn’t get your free copy of the “Conversation Hearts” BOM pattern from our blog in January, it is available for purchase here:
January 2018 BOM “Conversation Hearts” Paper Pieced Block
This 7" by 7" square block is quick & easy to piece with printable foundation paper diagrams. The pattern also includes lettering templates to trace.
And now for some of our other lovely quilts that feature hearts!
Our adorable appliqued elephant with flowers & hearts would make a wonderful gift for your little sweetheart! The applique pieces on this cute nursery quilt are large, making it appropriate for a beginning quilter with its big pieces and easy curves. The hearts in each corner of the center panel say “I Love You!” Susan chose a jelly roll from Riley Blake Designs, with a coordinating print for the pieced borders. The leaves and flowers are made from “Toscana” blenders by Northcott.
Our hippopotamus ballerina just LOVES to dance! This quilt pattern features heart and flower garlands above and below the dancer, as well as cute paper pieced hearts in the border around her. Pretty in pink and purple, the “Hippopotamus Ballerina” quilt pattern would make the perfect gift for your cutie pie!
And thinking of ballerinas, here’s our Sugarplum Fairy zebra ballerina! Her swirly, twirly skirt has a a border of hearts all around the waistline. Can’t you tell by her expression that Zebra absolutely adores dancing on the stage at the ballet! If you listen very carefully, you can almost hear the music. . .
Our Polar animals quilts also feature hearts in the centers of the appliqued snowflakes and in the cornerstones of the sashes. You can read more about the polar animals in our recent blog post.
And what’s not to love about this sweet miniature quilt? At 12″ square, it is just the right size to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day! I started with our January BOM block, and then made a pieced ribbon border to finish off the quilt.
Update: Thank you to all of our readers who entered the giveaway! We’re happy to announce that Susan R. is the recipient of a free copy of our “Conversation Hearts Miniature Quilt” pattern. Congratulations, Susan! We hope that you’ll enjoy it!
Surprise! We’re having a giveaway! We hope that you’ll love it too! Enter before February 12, 2018, to win a digital copy of our “Conversation Hearts Miniature Quilt” pattern, pictured above! The winner will be chosen randomly from all entries on February 14, 2018. (Perfect timing, I’d say!) We’ll notify the winner via email, and send the pattern as soon as we hear from you. Just click on our logo below to enter:
Thank you for visiting our blog today, and for sharing our love of quilting. We look forward to seeing your comments! Keep reading to find the list of participating blogs!