Finishing at around 14" square, this little quilt uses 2.5" mini charm squares and just a little yardage. It's quite a quick make. Instructions include pressing directions that allow seams to nest, making it easier to get them lined up. I also made sure to construct it in a way that keeps the sides of the heart smooth, so if seams don't quite match up there shouldn't be any jagged edges to the heart shapes.
For the hearts and border I used Hello Darling by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. I didn't have a mini charm pack, so I cut my own 2.5" squares from the ends of a jelly roll - cutting two squares from two of the prints to give me the required 42 squares.
The background is a solid from my local quilt shop, and the binding is from Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell for Moda. It took me a while to choose that binding, but I'm really happy with it. To rest my hands, which get a little sore at times, I chose to bind it all by machine.
I was in a bit of a sad mood when it came time to quilt this mini, so to cheer myself up I decided to have a bit of fun with free-motion quilting. I find it both relaxing and absorbing, and the concentration required took my mind off my mood and cheered me up immensely. Does quilting have that effect on you too? I didn't plan the quilting out in advance, just went with a few different designs as the mood took me. It's such a fun way to quilt!
The quilting is done with Aurifil for the most part, but I tried out an organic cotton thread by Sew Easy for the pink stitching around the inside of the border. It is a bit thicker than the Aurifil 50wt, which means that it stands out a little more and is great for feature stitching. It went through the machine beautifully and is nice and smooth.
Organic is something I am gradually moving towards with both my thread and my fabric purchases... but that's a topic for another post.
So that's it! I hope you love it as much as I do. It is such a fun little quilt, I want to make more. I already have another one waiting to be turned into a cushion cover. It's actually my first version of this quilt, made to trial pressing and construction. I'll show you that next time and you'll see what a difference fabric makes to the feel of this quilt.
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