The pattern for this mini is included my Christmas Hearts quilt pattern (which I realise now I haven't mentioned yet on the blog!). Each heart finishes at 2 inches square, and I stuck to using fabrics from my scrap bin for each one.
The background is constructed of a variety of white-on-white fabrics from the Shades of Black fabric collection by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics. I have a Jelly Roll of the collection and raided the whites for this quilt. I have a lot to say about my experience with these fabrics, but will leave that for another time. Let me just tell you for now that it was not enjoyable. Still, the overall effect is just what I was after. See all the different prints?
I kept quilting to simple stitch-in-the-ditch along each horizontal seam and around each heart. This choice was greatly influenced by the white-on-white background fabrics, which I did not want to quilt over.
The binding is a grunge fabric by Basic Grey for Moda. I had first considered using green, but on auditioning various choices I wasn't happy with any. Then I thought of this off-white fabric with its hints of green and white, and found I liked the subtle way it framed the quilt with just enough contrast to the white for my liking. I did the binding completely by machine in order to finish it up more quickly. Though I do enjoy it, I am very slow at hand-stitching binding!
It is wonderful to have this little project completed at last. It had been sitting on a shelf, basted and ready to quilt, for months. It took just a couple of evenings to get it quilted and bound, which makes me wonder why on earth I left it so long!
If you would like to make your own Christmas Hearts mini quilt, you can find the pattern in my online store or over at Craftsy.
Do you have any long-term works in progress that would take just a little time to complete? I recommend you get to it - it feels so good to get them done!
Bye for now