Monday, September 12, 2016

Hearts in triplet

Ok, friends, back to the hearts...  After the rainbow log cabin, my next thought was to make a scrappy quilt of simple patchwork squares with some heart blocks mixed in.  The heart blocks are already 7" finished, so that set the size of my patchwork squares.  I started by pulling multi-colored print scraps that coordinated roughly with the candy colored hearts and added complimentary fabrics from there.

Patchwork heart quilt

And, you know, I had a hard time with this one too.  The colors kept feeling so pastel and muted until I added the saturated XOXO print in Dandelion yellow.   After that I figured to add the dark teal multi print, which deepened my range of values.  Now the mix of colors feels balanced enough, even if it does have a slightly "country" feel.  I've had that butterfly Momo print forever, so it was great to use it on a quilt that shows it well.

Patchwork heart quilt

For my next quilts in the heart series, I opted to simplify.  Keep in mind that these quilts are to be tucked around the mattress of an open NICU bed in place of a sheet and mattress protector.  The nurses did this when Eleni was in NICU, to brighten up the place, and changed out the quilts every few days.  So, the outer 5" or so is tucked around and under the mattress, out of sight.

twin hearts

I thought it would be nice to make a few quilts which really show off a pretty print.  In this design, the print covers the whole mattress top with the hearts set just to the side of baby.  A double solid border frames the print, while echoing a color from the heart squares.  I used Konas pistachio and biscuit on the one quilt and Konas sage and silver on the other.

There are often twins in the NICU.  Wouldn't these two quilts be a nice set for twin girl beds?  I bet the nurses will get a kick out of that too.

twin hearts

I've made six quilt tops so far from Eleni's hearts!  I have plans for one more, and then it'll be time to finish them up.  To be honest, the idea of seven quilt tops to finish all at once is making me nervous.  But I'm telling myself that they're all so small and for a good cause...  Maybe I'll try something new, quilting-wise?  Or maybe I'll let myself do whatever feels easiest!  Either way, finished quilts are always a win.


19 comments:

  1. These are adorable Rachel. I love the off center hearts which will hopefully be visible when baby is in the bed. So sweet and such a lovely gesture.

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  2. Yes, the yellow and dark teal gives it the perfect balance. They are all lovely. The dumpster is back I see. How are things going with the house redo?

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    1. Nope, the dumpster never left! The house addition is coming along nicely. We're getting to the good stuff like paint and floors soon!

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  3. Great colors and fabrics for these cute heart quilts! I'm sure not only the nurses but also the families will love them.

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  4. I was inspired by your loopy quilting design to do a version with hearts for a sweet (and fast) baby quilt finish. There's a picture here in case my description doesn't convey: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJoHYJCj10S/
    Maybe that would be a good choice for some of the tops, to continue the theme of hearts/love.

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  5. Beautiful. Such a sweet and lovely gesture that will be loved.
    Leslie

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  6. You are doing a wonderful thing. Eleni would definitely approve!!

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  7. All the quilts are so pretty. It is a wonderful thing you are doing! Wendy at piecefulthoughts@gmail.com

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  8. Oh I love them. I love the patchy one the best.
    I think little quilts are fun to quilt. The big ones.... mine are folded neatly, just the tops, and waiting for some day. Haha
    Yeah, this is super sweet that you are making these for the NICU.

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  9. you continue to amaze and inspire me. Your thoughtfulness during your grieving process is a wonderful way of letting go while supporting others.
    Are you planning a home birth again?

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  10. I absolutely love the patchwork quilt with appliqué do hearts. It's wonderful what you're doing to help NICU babies and their families. Bless your kind heart!

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  11. So beautiful, and I am sure they will be greatly loved. x

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  12. They are all sweet. Especially love the twin quilts

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  13. That last quilt is breathtaking. One of these days I hope to make my own!

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  14. Love that first quilt! My favorite so far!

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  15. I am enjoying and admiring your labor of love. Your heart quilts are beautiful

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  16. Such a wonderful contribution you're making to the NICU! I wish our NICU had something like this so I could give back in a meaningful way that fit my abilities. Our NICU had tiny knitted hats that had been donated for the babies to keep their heads warm. My girls loved picking out a new hat for their baby sister whenever it was time to change. But I don't knit or crochet. :( Your quilts are going to be a fabulous way to honor Eleni and contribute warmth and care to the NICU. The perfect use for those hearts.

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