my entry for the 'Put a Heart On It' challenge for Project Quilting at Persimon Dreams.
One of the many things going on in the background, IRL, as they say, is getting ready to release a new pattern, Grace.
Quilting JetGirl. She has done her first edit, but I need to implement all her suggestions, and then have one more read-through before the big release. She's very good, and very quick! We had no Internet for nearly 24 hours Friday/Saturday, hence the delay on my end. That, and PQ11.3! So what does Grace have to do with Smooches? I decided to use and follow my instructions for the 12" hearts in my pattern, and make a quick either baby quilt or sit-upon quilt for teaching yoga. Some of these shots you've seen if you follow me on Instagram.
I wanted to use older stash and new; I love mixing traditional with modern quilts, and older with newer fabrics!
Some are ahem, rather ancient, but so beautiful, (and now just a couple small pieces are left).
La Vie en Rose, Brianne's quilt.
|It gave me the name of the quilt.|
I laid the nine blocks I'd planned for the quilt top on our bed
because Vigil is still pinned in place on the design wall, keeping it crease-free, and...
It seemed a bit small, just 36" square. So I thought, hmm, I can offset the rows to make it a bit longer, add some narrow sashing... That could work. And then, as so often happens to me, the quilt started whispering, and it said, this would be a super quilt for the Windsor Sexual Assault Centre, for one of your Hands2Help quilts. I could just see a young woman or girl, or yes! a young boy or man wrapped in hearts of love and healing. Pink, and hearts, and love and compassion are for all. So, meh, I thought, the blocks go together in a jiffy; I'll make three more.
But then it was wider than tall, and that's just not so good. At this point, I thought, well, what about an alternate arrangement? I played a bit with flipping around blocks as you see, also tried doing columns of 4, then 3, then 2 then 1, but I already had made 12 blocks and that required only 10. Then I liked the every other row alternating direction, and figured I could add a border to the top and bottom if necessary, and poof! the top was done. The sun even came out for a bit for the flimsy shot.
It got loaded onto the Avril the longarm early Saturday morning.
By early afternoon, even with a couple of breaks for breakfast, dog-walking, and lunch, it was done and trimmed. More IRL stuff happened (yup renovation stuff), but after supper I was able to get the binding on.
I need to do more of these quick makes!! I had to undo the binding a bit to put in my label, sigh, but at least it was before I'd top-stitched it to the front! You can catch a glimpse of my 'signature' my initials in the corner of the quilt mirror image ha.
The backing is pieced from leftover front pieces and other stash and scraps. The one in the above photo is a much-loved one that my 1989 kitchen was all decked out in. Chair cushions, small wallhanging quilts, tea cosy, etc. etc.
I want to make another for myself for a Heart Month/Valentine's Day quilt. Dayna wants one too. So there may be more of these in my future. As I said, Smooches is headed to the Windsor Sexual Assault Centre. It's the first of a couple or more Hands2Help quilts that I make, specifying that they go to a young girl and one to a young boy, who should never ever have to be there in the first place.
Pattern: Original design
Size: 51.5" x 51.5"
Fabric: various from stash and scraps
Backing: various from stash and scraps
Batting: Fairfield 80/20 Cotton Polyester
Quilted: on Avril my Avanté; 54 147 stitches
Threads: pieced with Gütermann on my Bernina; quilted with Aurifil 50 wt, The Bottom Line in the bobbin.
If you'd like to see some other 'made in one week' makes for this challenge, or if you'd like to hop on in to it, click the graphic below which takes you to Kim's site, and this current 11.3 challenge.