I decided a couple months ago that I would start thanking random people for making my journey a hundred times better than I ever thought it could be. In May I made my Crystallized Glacier Mini Quilt for one such person. They were truly surprised, shocked and it made their day!
Let's do it again, shall we?! Rainbow hearts are everywhere and I gotta say I'm honored to have been a part of the quilt drive sponsored by The Orlando Quilt Guild. I'm sure many of you have saved and even used the sliced off corners from the hearts. I couldn't let them linger or get tossed away. And in the end, they inspired me to make my next secret surprise quilt.
|14 3/4" x 14 3/4"|
A warm welcome to Mama Heart and Baby Heart! How could I resist showing both together?!
I grabbed the rainbow corners and stitched them together giving me one big stack of half square triangles. I was able to pick and choose my rainbow colors which was harder than I thought it would be! I trimmed the HST's to 3" square, arranged the heart shape, and then added the low volume squares. The rest was a breeze. Sew the blocks, press, sew the rows, press and done.
Which left only the quilting and binding. I had just read a blog, A Quilters Table where Debbie had quilted her quilt using a grid design. It obviously stuck in my mind, because that is almost exactly what I decided to do with this heart. Sweet inspiration!
The squares are roughly 1/4", and the grid is just in the inside of the heart. I quilted the vertical lines using a neutral thread, but I still wanted to bring in some color and fun. I decided to quilt 1/4" horizontal lines in each heart color using a matching thread, and carrying it through the center with double lines.
I ended up using 12 different thread colors in the center. The corners and center were finished off with the neutral thread. I couldn't be happier, I do love dense quilting!
I couldn't stop there, now could I?
I've done this before, its been a while...piecing the binding to extend the color. One more fine detail! I can't say I didn't struggle, cursed a few times, or even that it's perfect. Do you ever get to the point when you want something done? You work too fast, make mistakes and it usually takes twice as long? It wasn't even that I was sick of this darn thing either! I was so anxious to see it finished and get the binding sewn on!
So yeah, it's a little off here and there. Aren't we all?! Let's not go that far, won't speak for everyone!
You can see the quilting a little better on the back. And that my friends, is just what I was hoping for!
(Tutorial for Hanging a Mini Quilt)
The backing is Architextures Crosshatch in grey (Caroline Friedlander). A fat quarter that has lingered a while in my stash was perfect for the backing and the corners.
This is a simply simple, delightfully delicious way to use those corner HST's you have stacking up!