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Put A Little Love In Your Quilt!

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!

VD hot pads finished

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.

VD hot pads start

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.
Girl elephant

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!Full

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.  

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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:logo updated

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!

Happy quilting,


 February 5

Applique Designs · Blog · Quilt Gallery

Polar Animals, Continued

Welcome, fellow quilters!

Last week I talked about seven of our amazing animals that are featured on our “Polar” quilt.  This week I’ll talk about the rest of the group and how they are adapted to survive and thrive in their harsh environments.

The Emperor penguin is the largest of all penguin species.  They huddle together for warmth, taking turns standing at the edge of the group to block the wind for the other penguins.   Emperor penguins hold their eggs, and then the chicks, on their feet to keep them from freezing.  Parents take turns caring for the young.

emperor penguin

The polar bear’s white fur helps it to blend in with its snowy environment.  Her ears and tail are quite small, which minimizes heat loss.  She has extra-wide feet to help her walk on top of the snow, as well as paddle in the water.
polar bear pic (1)

The beluga whale is completely white as an adult.  She doesn’t have a dorsal fin, which makes it easier for her to swim under the ice.  Her neck has seven vertebra that aren’t fused, so her head can turn in any direction.


The bald eagle has keen eyesight that help him find prey and avoid predators.  His feet have sharp talons to hold on to the fish or other small animals that he hunts for food.  He has powerful wings, and can fly at speeds up to 20 miles per hour.

bald eagle

The tundra wolf has smaller ears when compared with wolves who live in more temperate climates.  Her paws have fur on the bottom to help with insulation and traction in slippery surfaces.  The wolf’s paws stay at at temperature that is slightly cooler than the body temperature, reducing heat loss through her feet.

wolf pic 2

The musk ox has strong hooves to dig through the snow to find food in the winter.  His coat has two layers; the long and shaggy “guard hair” plus a shorter, insulating undercoat.  Musk ox herds protect their young and weaker members by forming shoulder-to-shoulder circles, horns out, when approached by predators.

musk ox

The “Polar Animals” quilt has these easy appliqued snowflakes that complement the animal blocks.  You can choose to cut out the heart in the center, or add a heart in a contrasting color.  The pattern also includes instructions for two alternate ways to make the sashes between the blocks, as shown in the finished quilt photos.


Thank you so much for visiting our blog today!  I hope that you enjoyed reading about these amazing animals.

If you’d like to make your very own “Polar” quilt, you can purchase the pattern right here:

Polar Animals Quilt Pattern Packet

This fresh 44" by 44" quilt includes applique patterns for thirteen polar animals, the applique snowflake, and instructions for making the quilt. The pattern will be sent via email after payment is completed.


Happy quilting,



Blog · Christmas Quilting · Quilt Gallery

Santa’s Little Helpers

Santa gets pretty busy at this time of the year.  He has to supervise the elves and make sure that they’re building plenty of the popular new toys.  He has to coordinate the training schedule for the reindeer, in case they got lazy and out of shape during the off-season.  He has to make a list, and then check it twice.  A jolly old Elf’s work is never done!  That’s why Santa was SO excited to get some extra assistants this year, just in time for his Christmas preparations.

So get ready to meet “Santa’s Little Helpers”, from our 2016 Christmas wall hanging quilt pattern:

Christmas wall quilt

Ed the elephant decided to try on Santa’s spare suit, just in case he needs to fill in at the photo booth in the mall during Santa’s lunch break.  It looks like “Santa” should have cut back just a bit on the milk and cookies!

elephant (4)

When it was time to decorate the Christmas tree, none of the other elves were quite tall enough to reach the top and hang the lights.  Gerard the giraffe generously tried to help, but ended up making a mess of the lights.  Oh dear!  Better find the ladder instead.

giraffe (3)

Roxy the raccoon is really quite smart!  Some might even call her “gifted”.  She’s all ready to help Santa hand out gifts at the Christmas party.  Can you guess what’s inside this pretty gift-wrapped present?  Roxy would be happy if it is a fish!

raccoon (7)

Barry the bear gives fabulous hugs, and he knows exactly how to fill a Christmas stocking to Santa’s specifications.  Take a look at the goodies tucked inside, all ready for a good little boy or girl to enjoy on Christmas morning.

bear (8)

Lulu the horse has finished decorating the tree, and she hung the mistletoe too!  Now she’s hoping that the cute colt on the other side of the room will notice where she’s standing, waiting for him.  Lulu is hoping for her very first Christmas kiss!

horse (2)

Now aren’t you glad to know that Santa will have LOTS of extra help this year?  We had so much fun creating these whimsical animal applique blocks to make our Christmas wall quilt!  You can click on the images above if you’d like to have a closer look at any of the individual blocks, all available in our Craftsy and Etsy shops.



Santa’s Little Helpers Christmas 2016 Wall Hanging Quilt

Santa has lots of help this year! The pattern includes all five applique block patterns, and instructions for the star blocks too.


Happy quilting!


Blog · Quilt Gallery

Our Day at the 2017 International Quilt Festival, Houston





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Sharon and I are very fortunate to live in Houston, Texas, and that we can enjoy attending the International Quilt Festival year after year.

A great time

When we first started going (20 years ago), we would ooohh and aaahhh over the exhibits and vow to each other that one day we would create a show-worthy quilt.  I think that is about the time that I decided to make a quilt that I now call “WHAT WAS I THINKING?”.  Picture a king-sized whole cloth quilt with appliqued borders which match the quilting in the center, you know, flowers and ribbons with jewel-toned flowers.   Quite honestly, I have a 1-foot border of lines to quilt and appliques need to be attached to the blue and white checkerboard border and it will be done.  Somehow I don’t think it will be entered into the International Quilt Festival show any time soon!

I know, I rambled off course for a bit, here are the highlights of our visit!

First, we decided to visit all the vendors. Yeah, right!  I think we made it through about 2/3 of them and basically ran out of steam.  Of course, when you need to stop and fondle the fabric, visit with interesting people and then stop to fondle the fabric again, it can take hours!

We even stopped to visit the longhorn steer, the mascot for “Stitchin’ Heaven”, a Texas quilt shop!  Isn’t he handsome.

With the bull

Now off we go to visit all of the beautiful quilts on display.  There were far too many of them to give each artist credit for their efforts, but here is the highlight for us.

Amazing applique sea life

This one was made by a Japanese artist and is not the entire quilt because he had so many fans gathered around him to talk about his design and I thought it best if we don’t include the backsides of 10+ people in our blog.

See more of our favorites above.

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our day at the International Quilt Festival Houston and we hope you will join us next year!

Happy Quilting!



P.S. from Sharon:

It is pretty darn cool to have a quilt included in the Houston International Quilt Festival!  I’m not sure that Susan remembers, but I entered a miniature quilt design contest many years ago, and so my tiny quilt was displayed at the Houston International Quilt Festival, along with several others from the contest; I was so excited to see it there.  I don’t know where I put those photos of my quilt; will hunt them down and maybe post them later…  :o)