Valentine Hearts Quilt


I made this quilt a few years ago and like to ensure that it is on display on February 14th, Saint Valentine’s Day.

The quilt originally began as a practice in making layered hearts in raw edge applique but quickly grew into a cushion cover, then a lap quilt and finally a large quilt (60 inches square) for display on the piano.

As you can see, each block is made from 3 layered hearts in descending sizes. There are 8 blocks were made then cut into 4 before stitching back together in a random fashion. These were the original blocks and dictated the size of the remaining 16 blocks that surround the centre panel. As each heart applique was stitched I removed the backing so that I ended up with many more hearts than were required. I still have some stored in my stash awaiting another heart-theme project!

The quilt has a 2 oz polyester wadding backed with a plain pink polyester cotton bed sheet. The quilting is minimal – basically the squares and borders stitched “in the ditch”. If I were to make this design again, I would increase the amount of quilting but for now it is sufficient.

Tomorrow, the 15th February, the Valentine Hearts will be replaced with the “Winter” quilt (I managed to finish on Thursday of last week) – more of which is posted in the 3rd instalment of the project.