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Valentine Heart Garland Wall Quilt

I like making quilts for Valentine’s day. Maybe because the seasonal reds, whites, and pinks are so cheerful in midwinter.  Maybe because I make my Valentine’s quilts to hang on the wall, so they are small and easy to make.

The inspiration for this heart quilt came from a wonderful banner quilt  I saw on Lisa Calle’s blog, Vintage Modern Quilts. Her quilt featured flags, but I had made this heart garland last year, and my thoughts instantly went to a quilt like hers with hearts instead of flags. 

About a year ago, I made a big push to get rid of scraps. (Did it work? Of course not.) During my scrap-busting period, I made some fabric out of my little bits and pieces of red fabric. This quilt was the perfect place to use that improvised fabric.

I used a heart template to cut out applique shapes from my homemade fabric and from several pink and white fabrics. I marked the hearts with a pen, then used a rotary cutter blade that gives a pinked edge to cut out the hearts.  I lived to regret using the pen, though, because it left some stains on the back of the quilt.

Heart Template

Then I arranged the hearts on the background as if they were hanging from a line. I used [amazon_link id=”B0018N73C6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]temporary spray glue[/amazon_link] to hold the hearts in place while I stitched them to the quilt top. I left the outer edges of the hearts unstitched so they would look a bit like they are fluttering.

One of my decorative stitches made an imitiation line for the quilts to hang from. If I make this quilt again, I think I would use rick-rack to make the line more visible. 

Heart garland quilt 2


Heart garland quilt 3

Then I stippled the rest of the background. A red striped fabric for the binding, a hanging sleeve, and the quilt is done! It is now hanging in the living room window. 

I guess that means it’s time to take down the last of my winter decorations.  Funny how much more I enjoy putting things up than taking them down!

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  • Mary February 18, 2014, 6:10 pm

    What a pretty quilt! I love that you used the scrap fabric–it adds a sparkle. Thanks for sharing your idea: I’m thinking that it could easily be put to use with other shapes and colors.

    • cdmwriter February 19, 2014, 12:12 pm

      Thank you, Mary. I am really trying desperately to reduce my scraps by making scrap quilts wherever and whenever I can. I agree that the garland concept can be used for anything that looks cute hanging from a line. The original quilt that inspired this quilt had flags. I’d like to do one of those, and also a version of my heart quilt that also has letters. I wasn’t organized enough to make the letters happen before the big day this year.

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