I got an email a couple of weeks ago from Cherry at Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio. She made the most adorable quilt using the Candy Hearts embroidery set. This is her adorable quilt. It’s a mini – but just think of the wonderful ways to use this –from a banner/ wall hanging to a table topper.
In fact, I was so inspired by this, that I took the stack of assorted hearts that I had and stitched them together. In the end I had five different toppers. Here are a couple of photos.
The one thing I realized later after looking at the photo of what Cherry has done and then at the hearts I stitched together, is that her hearts are on a much smaller background and are nestled closer together. If I were doing it again, I definitely would do it her way.
After posting yesterday, I continued to quilt some samples until I had a better idea of what I wanted to do on the candy hearts quilt. If you remember, this is how I started.
After looking at this a bit, I decided to change the heart. After I did that, I looked at the background fill and decided that it would be better visually, if it were round. In the top part of the image below, you can see how I changed the background fill in the upper part of the block.
This gave me a pretty good idea of where I was going, so I loaded the Candy Hearts quilt and started work on it. I finished the stitch in the ditch and the ribbon candy in the frames and have started adding the hearts in the plain blocks. The plain blocks are smaller than my sample, so will have to see what fill will work best in the wider areas.
I saw a fun project last weekend and knew I just had to make these for my grandchildren. I can remember what rambunctious fun I had growing up with two brothers and a sister and my grandchildren can get pretty rambunctious too. So, I started making snowballs–yes, snowballs! It takes about five minutes at the most to hoop my fabric and stitch out these cute little faces. The balls are made in the shape of a baseball, so they’re one continuous seam. These snowballs are made from cotton lycra (dancewear fabric) because that’s what I had in my closet, but I’ve ordered some white fleece from Joann’s. They’re filled with fluffy fiberfill. I think about 2-3 dozen snowballs should be enough for three children. What fun to build forts and have a great snowball fight. (I purchased the embroidery files from http://www.CharmingStation.com.
And this is the second thing I’m working on–ideas for quilting my candy hearts quilt. There are alternating plain blocks in that quilt, so this is what I’m thinking about doing for the plain blocks. I stitched it out this morning to size the hearts and see how it would look. I’m pretty pleased, but think I’ll use either a wool batting or a layer of Dream Request weight underneath my Hobbs Heirloom batting to give the quilting of the heart shape more definition. This quilting is with only one layer of Hobbs Heirloom.
This is the most beautiful bargello quilt. Sherry has such a wonderful sense of color. When I look at the photo, it seems that the quilt is folded, but in fact, the photo shows the quilt hanging straight down. It was so large that I couldn’t pin the entire top, so the top sides are folded in just a bit and the bottom is sitting on the floor. Is that an incredible optical illusion. Just imagine how it will look on her bed. The back is a lighter color and the overall quilting design is such that she has decided to turn it over to the back side for summer. Doesn’t this make you want to make a bargello?
I got an email yesterday with this beautiful quilt picture attached. Linda won the hearts giveaway last year, and this is what she did with the fusible hearts. I absolutely love the pastels and bright colors mixed together. This is Linda’s quilt design (she designed it in EQ). The hearts have sashing on two sides and the alternating blocks are half log cabin blocks. This is wonderful.
This is the label she made. I love using the applique for the label.
I have been working all week on an early Valentine present for those of you who do machine embroidery. The Queen of Hearts die AccuQuilt die #55325) has some pretty hearts on it, and I have digitized them with three different applique stitches that are designed specifically for quilting. This is one of the heart shapes used for the Have A Heart Make A Quilt campaign that I mentioned earlier this week. These stitches are light and flat and stay that way after laundering. All my quilts go in the washing machine and dryer, so my embroidery has to stand up to that too. Here are some photos of the set.
To get this Valentine gift, just email me before February 14 at busbyquilts at gmail.com, put HEARTS in the subject line, and tell me the machine format you use.
We are so fortunate to have Margaret Pitt with a Quilt As You Go tutorial today showing how she has streamlined the process as she uses the quilted star machine embroidery set to make a Quilt of Valor. This quilted set was designed specifically for the Quilt of Valor project we did last year, so this is very dear to my heart. Maggie shows how she made these blocks in a long strip. After she finishes, these blocks are cut apart and put together with sashing. The assembly of blocks is shown here.
I am making a Quilt of Valor using Marjorie’s star quilted in the embroidery hoop. It sews out like a dream. My biggest challenge was figuring out how much fabric I needed. I used graph paper and colored pencils to figure out how many blocks I need for the back as my quilt will be 10 blocks wide by 11 blocks long. My hoop is 10 1/4 x 6 1/4. I fold the main strip in half and finger press this crease to help center the fabric in the hoop.
The backing will be in red, white and blue blocks so I used colored pencils to figure out how many of each color I needed. I chose a colored backing as I didn’t think all white would be the greatest for a quilt that gets used a lot.
I found that by cutting the main fabric and muslin stabilizer in 9 1/2 wide strips I can get 5 quilt blocks per strip. Cut the backing and batting in 8 1/2 inch strips and sub cut into 8 1/2 in squares.
Hoop your fabric and muslin together and leave just an inch over the top of your hoop, sew out your first block and when done and you remove to re hoop, first lay it face down and fold up the end from your last block and trim the backing and batting only so it is 3/4 of an inch wide. That gives you a little extra to square up your block and leave the 1/2 in seam allowance. The reason for trimming is that on the rest of the blocks when you pin the backing and batting on the back you can butt the top edge of it right up to the last trimmed backing block.
Now measure 1 1/2 inches down from the last block and place a pin in the fabric and then move your design and do a trace with your machine to be sure it isn’t higher then the pin. Sew out your second block and trim batting and backing as before. You will trim the bottom of the backing and batting on all but the last block.
After you have finished your second block, you can cut off your first block and square it up leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Now lay that block on your hoop in the machine and leave 1 inch between the last block. The reason for only one inch is the block you are using already has the seam allowance. Continue this method with the rest of the blocks.This method will allow you to get 5 blocks per strip .
I shut off my thread cutter as it only takes a second to hit and when the machine stitches down my star I use the same color thread for the next stitching and that way I just hit the start button and don’t have to trim the thread tail.
Christmas was good to me this year. I received two gifts that have quickly become my favorite tools. The first is a pair of tweezers that a dear friend sent to me. They have a fine tip and are wonderful for pulling threads taut to be able to clip closely to the fabric and also for frogging. They are a permanent fixture in my sewing apron pocket now. You can find the Famore Micro Fine Tweezers at IHaveANotion.com
The second gift was from my sister who sent these scissors by Joyce Chen. Not only do they work right or left handed, but the grip is large and open and very comfortable. And the scissors cut everything like butter–they are so smooth and sharp. When I looked them up, the descriptions are that they are kitchen scissors–but believe me, they cut fabric like no other. They are attached to my sewing apron and nest in the pocket.
This is an American Heart Association and AccuQuilt campaign for women’s heart health. You can find more information at AccuQuilt as well as get badges for your blog. I must admit that I had trouble using their code for my blog, so did a workaround to show you the button below.
Click on the link above and you will find complete information about this project as well as templates for the heart shapes to be used on the quilt blocks. Each block must include at least one heart from the GO! Heart-2″, 3″, 4″ (55029) or GO! Queen of Hearts (55325) dies or from the free downloadable heart templates.
Here are a couple of the shapes that I have been working with to make some machine embroidery for the project. I hope to have files ready soon for those who do machine embroidery. They’re not quite finished, but I couldn’t wait to show you.