I just love sewing for Valentine’s Day! The fabrics are so fun and cheerful! I have been working through my list of UFO’s, which include utilizing some fabric that I purchased a LONG LONG time ago (like 2-3 years ago). When I came across a fun and free heart block tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew, I was inspired to use my beloved fabric panel in this quilt. Let me share with you how I made this fantastic Valentine’s Day Quilt!
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- Heart Block Pattern (free tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew)
- Qty (1) Valentines Layer Cake for the pieced hearts
- Qty (3) yards of background fabric (Kona Ivory)
- Qty (.5) yards of first border fabric (Grunge Seeing Stars Raspberry)
- Qty (.75) yards of second border fabric (Grunge Seeing Stars Duchess)
- Qty (1.5) yards of third border fabric (Square Elements – Turquoise)
- Binding fabric (I used the backing fabric)
- Qty (4) yards of backing fabric (Lightweight flannel from JoAnn’s Fabric)
- Quilter’s Dream Supreme Batting (because it’s the best and I love it so much)
- Sewing Machine with a quarter inch presser foot
- Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
- Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (no kidding about a sharp blade)
- Acrylic Ruler
- Frixon Pen
- Cutting Mat (I love my rotating mat for this project)
- Iron & Wool Pressing Mat (if you don’t have one – get one!)
- Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips
Using Allison’s tutorial was super fun and easy. The hearts came together easily. The fabric that I used for the hearts really worked well for the Fabric Panel in the middle. I used the medium size heart block to frame the bordered panel and it turned out cute! I would highly recommend using a Frixon Pen for the snowballing and also squaring up your hearts before you sew them together. That just makes for a nice and straight quilt top! I made several blocks and even had a few left over.
I loved using my Juki 350QVP to finish this quilt. I also used my Quilting Disks to help me move the quilt under my needle. If you haven’t learned about my fantastic Long Arm Quilting Machine, you can read more about that HERE. I simply love using it!
Since I had some leftover blocks, I decided to use these in the back of the quilt. This worked out perfectly because I was a little short on the backing anyway. I used a quick and simply loopy free motion quilting design.
When my husband asked me who I made the for, I told him that I honestly didn’t have an intended recipient just yet. But for now, our cat is enjoying it as she perches on the back of our couch!
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