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!