Happy Valentine’s Day + 12 Inch Quilt Heart Challenge

Happy Valentine’s Day! Sadly there will be no fancy meals or chocolate candy for me today…I just got my wisdom teeth out! I look a little bit like a chipmunk, and all I can eat are soft foods for the next couple days. But hey! That’s ok. Because I made you this mini heart quilt.

12 Inch Mini Heart Quilt
This month, my art quilt bee challenged everyone in the group to make a 12 inch square mini quilt, with the theme “heart.” I went super literal, with some patchwork hearts and valentine-ey colors like red and pink.

squaring up
People, those are one inch finished half-square triangles. Glad I tried them out for this project, but NEVER AGAIN will I make HST’s so tiny again! I think the worst part was just squaring them up.

mini quilt on the design wall
See how tiny the pieces are? Once you account for the seam allowances, they shrink up so tiny! This picture of my design wall is for comparison. Finished block is on the left, unsewn pieces are on the right.

Because everything was so small, I didn’t really have the patience to press the seams well. So don’t look too close, ok?

June Tailor Quilt Basting Spray
This was my first project to use spray baste instead of pins. I used June Tailor Quilt Basting Spray and I think it worked great, but everyone I’ve talked to says 505 is the best. So I’ll probably try that out next.

Spray Basted Layers
It was so easy! I can definitely see myself spray basting in the future for projects that are on the smaller side. I think I’ll continue pin basting will all my hand-quilted projects, but I’m looking forward to using it more often.

Mini Heart Quilt Front
Mini Heart Quilt Back
My favorite part of this project was coming up with the design, and I like how the finished mini quilt came out! I think it will look cute on the wall in my sewing space.

Mini Heart Quilt Detail

Hope you have a great Valentine’s day, thanks for letting me share my heart themed sewing project. And in case you missed it, here’s last year’s heart themed project: A Modern Heart Pillow.

Eat some candy and drink some wine for me!


How To: Make a Modern Heart Pillow

I wouldn’t really consider myself a Valentine’s Day decorator. Usually things are pretty low key around our house on February 14th. That being said – I couldn’t resist making a couple modern heart pillows to display in February (and I may just keep them out all year long!)

modern heart pillow

Mostly I was inspired by this beautiful Liberty of London fabric! I’d been wanting some for so long, so I finally went for it and ordered a quarter of a yard from Purl Soho (at the time of this post it looks like their website is under maintenance). Also pictured is Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen line in Ruby and Sand.

New project fabric

My finished pillows are 18×18 inches, so I cut out an 18 1/2 inch square in the lighter fabric for the front of the pillow. The extra half inch is to allow for a quarter inch seam allowance all the way around. For the back, I chose to do an envelope closure, and cut out 2 pieces to overlap and still equal 18 1/2 inches squared. Read more about how to make an envelope closure here.

I learned two new sewing skills for this project – the instructions and supplies are included below in two separate tutorials. Continue reading