I put a different quilt on my condo door each month, sometimes two. For a couple of years, I haven't been thrilled with my February/Valentine's day quilt. I made it 15 years ago and it looks it. It has sparkles on the fabric and scraps from my 33 year old daughter's first twin sized quilt. It needed an update but I didn't get serious about it until today, 3 days before Valentine's day. But hey, I will have it for February next year also!
However, I was pressed for time, majorly pressed for time. And yes, I do admit that I could have started earlier. But every once in a while, I must enjoy the brinksmanship of seeing if I can get something done. Enjoy my DIY Valentine Small Quilt Tutorial!
The very first thing I did was to go to my project boxes where I keep my Valentine and heart fabric. I just like keeping it separate and it paid off.
I made the quilt smaller than it was supposed to be, quilted and bound it. I threw the blocks I didn't use in here and today, they saved my life.
I don't even remember where I got the paper piecing sheets but there are lots of patterns on line for 12 inch heart blocks. I traced one of my blocks and made a pdf out of it. However, my scanner was too narrow and a bit too short. I folded it in half and scanned each half.
You are welcome to download this trace of my heart but the very tip is missing and you have to print both halves and tape them together. That's the best I could do! Click here if you want to download.
I sewed the four blocks together and auditioned border fabric. I couldn't decide whether to go dark or medium. I had lots of the medium so I went in that direction. You'll understand why as we go along.
I cut 2.5" borders for all four sides. Once I sewed all four on, I used the rest of the fabric for the back. As I wanted to finish this in about an hour, I knew I could use the back for the binding and cut down on time.
Here is the top! The back didn't have to be pieced so that was fast and easy. I flipped it onto my Longarm, some batting and this top.
I had so many lights and machines on plus the iron that I was dying of heat up in the loft. If I am home alone, I turn the heat way down but my husband isn't thrilled with me freezing him to death so I am comfy in the loft. (Shh, I've done it a few times!)
I used my clover clips to keep it in place. I machine sewed it in place! Sew fast and this is a quilt I use for 1 month a year. I used blanket stitch so it's a bit decorative.
I had made some tubes for the back and quite frankly, I pinned them on for the final picture. I will sew them on by hand tomorrow. Or when I put the quilt away!
I would have never been able to sew, quilt and bind a quilt in a couple of hours without having those blocks in my stash. Now I will continue being a crazy quilt lady fabric hoarder.
Isn't that great?
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