Tuesday, February 10, 2015

i heart you

i heart you {applique quilt}

i heart you - a baby quilt in sticky, sweet candy colors. 

i heart you {applique quilt}

Aqua blues, mint (Kona Pistachio) greens, melon pink, hot pink and red.  I'm drawn to the contrast of these icy cool colors and the warm, punchy pinks.  This one was on my mind the whole time I was working through those sawtooth stars quilts.  It's much more the colors I'm feeling this season!

i heart you {applique quilt}

One weekend I cut all the squares and chose heart fabrics for each one.  As a test, I made a few hearts with "sew and turn" applique, a technique I taught in Penny Sampler class. that creates very nicely finished edges.  Then the project stalled because I worked up in my mind that I wouldn't enjoy the hand applique...

i heart you {applique quilt}

Today I sat down with some regular thread and a random needle and began blindstitching.  What was I so worried about about?  The process was easy, soothing and addictive. 

Do you ever do that?  Convince yourself that some not-often-used sewing technique will be a pain only to rediscover its joy?

Hand stitching, I heart you.

26 comments:

  1. Are the edges of the hearts turned under, or were 2 hearts sewn together, the back slit and turned inside out? If it's the second way, will you remove any under the heart layers.... Just wondering....
    Can't wait to see the finished, quilted project....😊

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    1. It's the first way, with 2 hearts sewn together, but I won't be removing anything from under the heart layers. I know many people do that, but I've always been happy with quilts having thicker, slightly raised applique sections. I like that! I'll be hand quilting this one.

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  2. I think we are always learning and growing, stretching our skills. Finding new joy in a skill we thought we disliked is just part of the growing.:) Love your very sweet quilt!

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  3. I do it all the time with sleeves. Every single time I make anything with sleeves, I stall out once it gets to putting in the sleeves. Sometimes for a week or two, sometimes an entire month or two. And then it takes like fifteen minutes to do. I don't understand it, but I respect that it's simply part of my particular creative process. Go figure...

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    1. Yes, I could see doing that with sleeves! Sometimes I do it with making button holes =)

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  4. Rosemary b here:
    yea.
    We like to scold ourselves that way. haha no really. "I can't do that today, maybe never"
    There are days we dive in, oh yes.
    And then, there are those times we are listening to the wrong song.
    go figure. There is no explanation why. It just is.
    Most of the time I am fearless, but I have a little bit of mouse in me.
    I think this turned out really pretty so far. What a relaxing project.
    I love the colors and the idea.

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  5. This will be super sweet! Yay you for getting back to it!! :)

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  6. I love those little hearts! The sticky sweet candy colors are just perfect for this project.
    I am constantly amazed at how quickly some chore gets done....if I just get myself started! Getting started is the hardest part of any chore. Now if it's something I want to do, the problem becomes waiting to get home!

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    1. Yes! The trick is usually getting started. Then, one doesn't want to stop =)

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  7. Ladies, that's why I love to read blogs like Rachels' (and your comments of course): It makes me smile and feeling connected, to see that we all have similar fears and limitations. And once we get over them.... Tadaaaaaaaaaaa.....there is the sweetest Heart-Quilt ever.

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    1. Well said! We truly do have similar fears and limitations, regardless of how things appear. We are all the same. We are all different.

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  8. Awesome, it looks like the quilt will be so cheery and bright!! Love your inspiration.

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  9. I do that ~ I convinced myself (and caused a lot of fretting on my part) that doing curves was going to be so hard I shouldn't even try. When I did finally try it, I wondered what all the fuss was about (on my part again). Silly me!
    I love this quilt ~ such sweet and lovely hearts!

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    1. Yep! I did it with curves in the beginning. I best piece some curves again soon so that I don't forget that it's no big deal!

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  10. Well I abhor hand sewing and just made 3 pincushions so I need to find out how to do a ladder stitch so I can finish them up. Instead of procrastinating I am looking forward to finally learning that little secret!

    This little quilt is going to be so sweet!

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  11. I am so glad you found the process to be a joy. Yes, I do that all the time and it is an awesome feeling to let go of fear and concern and worry and embrace the joy of creation.

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  12. It is candy sweet and oh so perfect for February.

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  13. What a lovely quilt-in-progress. The colors remind me of watermelons and early summer. I can't wait to see it finished!

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  14. Thank you Rachel, for your shared journey and photos and thank you everyone who comments. You were each exactly what I needed at the end of a long day ~ ~ finishing a quilt project I didn't really want to do but am determined to complete and enjoy :)

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  15. Such a lovely quilt top! Love the colors! Thanks also for referring to the sew and turn technique, I'd never heard of it before - and it really seems to do the trick for this kind of shape!!

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  16. This quilt screams cuteness! Such a lovely valentine quilt or charming quilt for that precious baby girl.

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  17. oMG, that is such a cute little quilt. Do you have a pattern and fabric bundle your offering..... Keeping my fingers crossed!

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    1. Oh, that would be a good idea! No, I don't have a fabric bundle together. Sorry =(

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