My Friendship Heart Quilt {Finished}

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

 And just in time for Valentine's Day!


 I fell in love with this quilt pattern several months ago when a customer brought her heart quilt top in to the fabric store I work at.  Shortly after, she delivered the pattern to me and I've had lots of fun with it ever since.  This is the second quilt I've made using this pattern (you may remember the first one, titled Blocks For Bella). 


 I really wanted to make another one after working on Bella's quilt.  So, I talked 9 members of a little quilt group I'm in to join me in a friendship heart quilt block exchange!


We each made one big and two small heart blocks to give to each participating quilter.  The rules were that you had to embellish at least one of those hearts and stick to the color scheme.  Everyone had free reign after that.  It should be fun to see how everyone ended up putting theirs together.  I'll get a picture at our next meeting :)


When it came to my borders, I originally planned on just doing a simple, non-pieced border.  But then I started thinking that I always do simple, non-pieced borders.  So I decided I would go the extra mile this time and add a postage stamp border for which I had no instructions.  I had to figure out what size my inner border needed to be to make my outer border work out.  It was kind of like working backwards so I was really excited when my math actually worked out!
  

For the inner border I used this white with gold polka dot fabric I had purchased for my stash a couple months earlier.  I thought it was very festive for Valentine's Day and it makes me happy.  The info on the selvedge reads: Spot On design #12873  Studio RK for Robert Kaufman. 


I originally planned on using Minky for my back but when I came across this  gorgeous fabric by Tanya Whelan for Free Spirit - I couldn't resist.  It also makes me VERY happy :)


Right around Christmas-time, I won some fun prizes on Instagram, including a set of permanent fabric markers.  I decided to try them out on a label for this quilt (I didn't feel like embroidering anything after my postage stamp border.  And no, I don't always put labels on my quilts...but I do try.)


Jen Ostler quilted this for me with loops, hearts and a little bit of outlining.




I've already had a few people asking for the pattern information so here's what I know.  The pattern was adapted from a pattern called Listen to Your Heart by Lizzie B Cre8tive.  I added on 2 3/4" inner border strips and then used 4 1/2" pink gingham squares for the postage stamp border.  The white squares on the postage stamp border were 1 1/2" each.  Then I added another 1 1/2" white border all the way around.  The finished size is 61" x 77".

This was such a fun project to do with friends!

Wishing you all a happy Valentines Day! 
Love, Amber

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