It's rather fitting to release a heart quilt on Valentine's Day. 💖 Grace makes a good-sized throw quilt or a twin, and is great for fat eighths and/or scraps. The pattern has instructions to make either a jagged edge on the shadow half heart or a straight edge. This is the first self-published, non-magazine published quilt that I've had Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl tech edit. She is an excellent editor; her suggestions and improvements took this pattern from good to totally professional.
I made the quilt in December at the request of my daughter Dayna, who wanted to take a quilt to her friend in Alberta who had suffered a tragic loss. She specified pink and hearts, and off I went. You can read the story here.
This original quilt has the large half heart as the shadow, with a jagged edge to symbolize the broken heart, and floating hearts to symbolize the healing and love and care surrounding the broken heart.
The pattern was tested by three lovely ladies, who took time out of their quilting schedule and out of their personal lives to sew it up and offer suggestions and corrections.
Helen did hers in a rainbow of colours and scraps.
Helen's is going to her sister, whose birthday is in March. She has started quilting it on her DSM, so do follow her on Instagram so you can see the finish. I love the backing she's using! You may notice that Helen didn't do a jagged edge. She followed the instructions for making the half heart with the straight edge.
Kathy made hers for her granddaughter.
Pink and green floating hearts over a floral large shadow heart that pulls these colours together is so soft and feminine! Kathy did not do the jagged edge either. You can watch Kathy's quilting progress on Instagram.
Nicci did hers in a similar colour palette:
Instagram to see how she quilts hers up!
I hope this gives you some ideas as to what you can do with my pattern. I plan to make another one myself as it sews up very quickly.
I am so grateful that these ladies offered to test this pattern, and did it in such a timely manner! I am also so grateful to Yvonne for her tech editing skills. I just stopped to contemplate: my testers range from west to east of the US, with one in Ireland, my editor is in California and I am in Canada; isn't it amazing what can result? I wish our world could be so cooperative and supportive.
The pattern is on sale in my Etsy shop for the next week for just $8CA. After that it will go to the regular price of $12.
Just a quick reminder that Connecting Threads (affiliate link) has a pretty amazing sale on until midnight tonight on red and pink fabrics. After making Smooches for Project Quilting 11.3, I have a new-found love for pinks and reds together. They would make for a pretty fabulous Grace quilt I think!
|Early morning beach walk on Anna Maria Island|