As quilters, we put a lot of love in our quilts we make. When Carol from Just Let Me Quilt offered this blog hop, I jumped at the chance. The only requirement was to put a heart somewhere in the quilt.
I’ve been wanting to make a wall hanging for the front door area of our house for awhile.
This quilt will finish at 21.5″ x 33.5.” Read on to find out why it’s missing it’s binding.
Something that says a quilter lives here. Something that says welcome. Something that I could leave up for awhile and replace with something else as the season calls. I found a free heart pattern here and began to cut some scraps. I wasn’t going to go scrappy but once I started cutting, I dug deeper into the scrap bin.
I put a binding clip in the end of each row to show which direction I should press the seams toward. This keeps me from running back and forth from the ironing board. Although, I could use the exercise.
I changed the pattern by cutting the blocks 3.5″ so that my finished block would be larger than what the pattern called thus making my wall hanging larger.
I used this recent purchase of #love designed by Sandy Gervais for Moda that I found in the clearance bin at a local quilt shop for some of the background pieces.
This fabric has hearts too as well as the words live laugh love.
At this point I realized it needed something more and so I searched for a pattern of a bouquet of flowers. I settled on these paper pieced rose buds that I found in the May/June 2015 issue of Quiltmaker magazine.
I remove the inner papers leaving the outer ones intact until the seams are sewn together.
They sewed up quickly or maybe I’m just getting better at paper piecing.
And Then Some Distracted Sewing Happened
I started searching the internet for some free patterns for roses, just in case you wanted to make one of these wall hangings for yourself and didn’t have access to that particular magazine. You probably won’t believe me when I say that a funny thing happened on my way to find that free pattern. I found a “squirrel” project. So I dropped everything and made this cute little mug.
You can find the free paper-pieced pattern here.
I’m planning on quilting this mug rug and giving it to my husband for Valentine’s Day. He likes his morning coffee all day long. Now he’ll have a fun mug rug to set his cup on.
If you want to sew up some roses. You’ll find a free paper pieced pattern of a rose here. I downloaded it and will make it as soon as I am finished writing this.
Back on Track Again
I quilted the heart with straight lines
My husband bought these gloves at Menards, a department-type hardware store in the Midwest. We were sad to find there isn’t a Menards in AZ. The gloves have silicone on the underside of the fingers (you can see some of the dots) which really helps grip the fabric and makes quilting so much easier on the hands, arms, shoulders, and back.
and did some free motion loopy hearts all over everything else.
I couldn’t resist adding some ric rac stems. After all, I am the Queen of Ric Rac (self-proclaimed).
So that’s why this outdoor wall hanging still needs the binding. (Update: This wall hanging is now finished and hanging outside my front door. You can read all about it and Tu-Na Helper’s finished mug rug and other 2018 Valentine projects I made out of fabric and flour here.)
I chose these fabrics for a scrappy binding.
More Fun and Love Found Here
To help you spread the love or at least get you in the mood to sew up something fun for Valentine’s Day, hop on over to these blogs.
What I Learned Today:
- I get easily distracted and want to try new patterns. Maybe that’s why I like making sampler quilts where every block is different.
- That lemon pie isn’t making itself. I’ll have to make it tomorrow. Lemon Meringue is Tu-Na Helpers favorite pie. I’ll make him another one next week.
- Paper piecing is getting easier. The easier it’s getting the more I like it.
Question: How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Will you sew something special?
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
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