Monday, January 26, 2009

It's All About the Hearts!

I thought I'd show you how the quilt for the giveaway--won by Paula of A Latte Quilts--turned out now that it's quilted.

I kind of hate to send it off, but I know--I promised! I have one I pieced to keep as a tabletopper that's made using five hearts, but I haven't quilted that one yet. Since I knew I didn't have time to get that one all quilted up today, I went with a bit of almost-instant gratification.

This one, with the single heart, will come to work with me to decorate my cubicle. I made it using the quilt-as-you-go method I demonstrated with the mini Santa project, adding wool hearts in the corners. (See the Santa Wallhanging tutorial in my sidebar.) I started with the center block already made, but from that point until I put the final stitch in the binding, it took less than three hours to make, so you can see what I mean by almost-instant gratification.

Linda of Lavender Ridge (and welcome to a new blogger here in Blogland, by the way!) asked whether I'd be selling the pattern for the mini Santa. Unfortunately, the center block isn't my design--it's a block from a quilt called Christmas Sampler from Country Faces--I've added the link in my sidebar under Pattern Sources. I AM planning to design something along similar lines as the mini Santa for Easter, though, so stay tuned!

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For those of you who have ordered the Valentine pattern--thanks so much! I wanted to mention that if you want to make a small heart quilt with just four hearts like the giveaway one above, when you come to the section of the pattern about tilting the hearts, you'll want to cut all your pieces so they all tilt in the same direction--you'll see what I'm talking about when your patterns arrive, I think, but if you have any questions, just email me.

Happy quilting!


Paula said...

It looks wonderful...and it's mine, all mine!!!! LOL Love the hearts you quilted on it. Can't wait to see it in person.

Anonymous said...

I would like to congratulate Paula to a wonderful prize! I understand now, that if I want to have a similar wallhanging, I would have to make it by myself :-).
Jana from Finland

Anonymous said...

It looks wonderful...and it's mine,

Carol said...

Kim, can you show us how you did the quilting on the heart table topper? I can see that it's quilted with hearts on the border. I'm still learning the quilting and would love to quilt something other than my stipples and swirls.

~Jess said...

I can't wait to get my pattern!!
Love it!

Amanda said...

Congratulations to Paula! You lucky girl!!!

The quilting is gorgeous. I'm tired of swirls and stipples, too! I did buy the McTavishing book you suggested and I have learned a lot! I just need to practice now.

Judy said...

Man you do amazing quilting! I can't see a single warble in the whole thing! That's very good control and skill! Gooood job!

I am still getting used to the speed and massive varooom of the new machine and trying to gain some of the control I lost when switching, but it's getting better.

NancyNoBlogBlogs said...

I need the pattern. Please email me your address so I can be one of the first to own your pattern. My email is

Greenmare said...

I love your cubicle valentine!!! that is wonderful!

Gran said...

The Valentines just keep looking better and better. I have to order a pattern too.

Everything you do is extra special, and has so many possibilities

Well done!

Ruthie said...

Beautiful quilting! Is the border quilting freehand?

Nan said...

Look at those adorable quilts! The fabrics and quilting are wonderful on both. Paula is a lucky girl!