Back in February I had this fabulous idea, I would make both of my daughters matching lap sized heart quilts. While I was making one, why not just do another? How long could it take me, a month or two? Or eight but I did finish both tops today. Hurray!
I really love the colors and pattern, I am a sucker for heart quilts. When you quilt, you really do put your heart into your work. And when they are for your daughters? Well, even more so! My younger daughter leaves next week to work a year in Spain and my older daughter is due in December after having delivered a still born preemie last December. Needless to say, my heart is with both of my girls and the love I have put into the quilts will hopefully show when they are all done.
To get them done, I have to get the backs made as well. This pile of mess is the fabric I bought at the Crate and Barrel outlet store. Really wide and on clearance, how can you beat it? (Although, I am really never cheap about what I buy to make my quilts, there is too much time that goes into them to not use top quality fabrics.) I have to tame this monster by ironing it like crazy.
Two ironed tops, two ironed and measured backs. I LOVE that this fabric is so wide that I didn’t have to piece it. They make backside fabrics specifically for this purpose that are very wide. I have to check into that website and ALWAYS use it. This experience has made a believer out of me.
Final step before I can pin it all on the Gammill? I have to measure two batts from this huge roll. Luckily, it is folded in half so once I have measured the length, I can just can cut the seam. It is just amazingly wonderful that it is wide enough to fit the size and I don’t have to cut any off. Speaking of cutting batts, particularly off a huge roll, you have got to get some batting scissors. They are just invaluable! I love mine. I only use them to cut batts but it just makes your life so much easier!
Putting your heart into your hobby can also involve a lot of work, money and heavy lifting. Pinning the top and the bottom onto the machine is time consuming but much less time consuming than hand quilting, these are just fun quilts that don’t need to be hand quilted.
When I post next my heart and my quilt tops will be ready to go! I will show how I quilt them on the Long arm machine and show the beginnings of my next project – a baby quilt. I have waited to start as we have been so cautious this time around. I am ready to risk my heart and start on this precious project.
Two heart quilt tops done, ready to be quilted and one baby quilt I will make with all my heart ready to begin. Quilting is literally and figuratively works of the heart!
Update – I finished the quilt. Click here to see that post.
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