This blog is a quiet place lately, but there is a lot of work behind the scenes…
I started this year sewing gifts for little girls and many heart quilts and heart bags! I am so excited and can’t wait to share them with you.
First, my sister Oana saw this print in my stash and loved it and I since I wanted to sew a heart mini quilt from my last year heart quilt pattern, this was the perfect opportunity.
The All You Need Is Love quilt pattern features 12 reverse applique designs and I chose this one- it is one of my favorite designs from this collection (I made it last year).
My 8 year old nephew Alex wanted to do what I do so I printed the 7” design also and thought it would make a beautiful coaster for his mom. I will tell the story further…
So this is the 17” mini quilt.
I love not only the lattice design created by the hexagon shapes…
I love the straight line quilting you do with the walking foot even more – so quick, so easy, so fun!
Aren’t these tiny triangles cute?
And here is how we started the coaster…
My nephew used the knife for cutting out for the second time; when I saw the little hexagons that he have to cut out, I was sure that after a few cuts, he will give up! Or he will make such poor cuts that the piece will be useless. I was so wrong! He cut out more than half of the design. I corrected just a few cuts- as you see, he did a great job. The challenge is not cutting out the small hexagons, the real challenge is keeping intact the lattices – they measure about 1/8”!
When the cutting was done, I fused the fabric to a heavyweight interfacing (Decovil I – my favorite interfacing for coasters and boxes)…
Then it was my turn to stitch it, keeping the layers together.
I wanted a heart shaped coaster so I followed the design with the left edge of the pressing foot and stitch at about 3/8” from the design with thread in a contrasting color.
Then I cut on the stitching line and here is the little heart.
Last step – finishing the edge with a zig zag (or satin) stitch.
It’s ready to be gifted to Alex’s mom!
Comparing the size!
If you want to enjoy projects like these, check out my reverse applique heart quilt pattern. There are 12 heart designs to choose from.