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.