|20" x 21"|
I always thought I would figure out the code and piece a quilt, but the idea of bias tape came to mind and from there...the idea was born!
With the image printed, I marked a grid using 1" squares as my guide for when I place the bias tape.
Bias tape, you ask? It seemed like the perfect way to see this image become a reality. I've tried bias tape one time with semi-success and was ready to give it one more try.
The 3/8" (9mm) Clover Bias Tape Maker was my weapon of choice for this project. I revisited my lessons for 'Technicolor Galaxy' (which is my oldest WIP ever) and found the proper way to fold fabric so the strips are cut on the bias. Trying to be proper here! The strips were cut at 3/4" and sewn together for a very, very long strip.
Now, this is the irritating, aggravating, frustrating part! I should have used starch on my fabric first. Second, I really didn't need my strips to be cut on the bias. Bias cutting is great if you are doing curves, I am not, therefore why bother?!
Also, you see that white strip? That is bias tape fusible web, which is suppose to allow you to fuse the bias tape to your project, make it stick...my luck with that was a total bust! A total waste of time! I think my problem was my iron was too hot. I didn't use steam, but I had the heat hot. I'm sure it works if you adhere it properly.
In the end I took all the paper off and grabbed my glue!
I grabbed my Moda Cross Weave fabric and began to mark a grid on it just like the photo. After pressing the horizontal and vertical lines, I used my Hera Marker to fill in with the 1" grid.
And the fun began! Glue, bias tape, press and repeat. You can see how the bias tape has a 'bump' and is not perfectly straight. Starch...starch...starch and no fusible web or bias fabric cutting would have made all the difference.
How do I know that? I had to make another one, a smaller one and it was pretty dang perfect! I'll share that one when it's finished!
It took a lot of fiddling, fussing and rearranging at times and I did get confused. I persisted because that's what women do...and the results were worth it.
Because I hadn't done my 'Faux Trapunto' method in a long time, I wondered if I could incorporate it into this piece.
One heart project that really inspired me I saw on Instagram. Stephanie Ruyle @Spontaneousthreads is a great source on inspiration to me. Her #lovemore quilt got me motivated to 'heart it out' too!
What I really wanted to say on my quilt was #shepersisted, I didn't think the heart was the right background for that. Maybe one day.
I first quilted around the edges of the bias tape to make sure they were secure and now raw edges would pop out and then went with Match Stick quilting for the rest of this piece. I ended up using a dark red, bright red, dark pink, light pink and grey thread.
And yes, I did wash it! I had to do it!
The back uses my hanging method and the left over heart fabric. The Heart fabric is Heavy Metal by Windham Fabrics which has a touch of gold metallic splotches on it.
Have you tried bias tape on a quilt before? What about bias tape adhesive? What is the secret to applying the adhesive...I know I'm doing something wrong!
Hearts for Valentines are as old as dirt! As is heart shaped boxes of candy! Which frankly I love! All those little candies with sweet surprised inside of them!!
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