Friday, February 13, 2009
A Valentine Quilt
Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful, warm, safe, happy day!! For this post, I decided to show you a quilt I made for a Valentine Challenge 'way back in 1997. Since it's been in the quilt closet for years, it still looks pretty good. The color is somewhat deeper than is showing in these photos, so it hasn't faded over time. I love this little quilt. It is fifteen inches x fifteen inches. With lots of hearts.
The center is a "crazy-pieced" heart in a four inch square. I used someone's pattern for that heart, but I sure don't remember whose. It was a pattern for a paper-pieced heart. I HATE paper piecing! But, I did it anyway. I do like the result. Then, of course, I went "crazy" with the rest of the piecing....and the embroidery. Some of the hearts are done with metallic thread. Another thing I just don't like to do, but thought I should this once. There are some appliqued hearts. I love the two entwined ones on the lower left. I also got the bright idea of dangling two hearts from that large heart on the right. Now that tickled my fancy! I really enjoyed doing that part!
As always on my crazy quilts, there is only the rare solid color fabric. So, the crazy quilt block is all prints, but some of the appliqued hearts are solid colors. And, of course, my beloved DMC floss is always showing up in my embroidery. I used simple embroidery stitches to embellish this little quilt, and once again, they have not let me down. Love those simple, simple stitches.
Around the border is a scalloped gold design. I had this little quilt completely finished when I decided it needed "something" else. But what? I happened to have a bottle of gold puff paint that I had never used. So, I proceeded to paint the scallops freehand onto the quilt. I probably shouldn't have, but it was FUN and here all these years later, it still looks like it was just painted on today. Not such a disaster (but it could have been a small one!)
In the center square, I wrote the date, 1997, Happy Valentine's Day and To My Friends! Along the borders I decided to use some quotes pertaining to friends. I thought it added a special touch to a Valentine's quilt made to show my friends, so why not. Friends are very special. Here's what they say:
"If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends." Merry Browne
"When friends meet...Hearts warm" A proverb
"No life is so strong, so complete, But it yearns for the smile of a friend." Wallace Bruce
and one of my favorites:
"The greatest gift we can give to one another is rapt attention to one another's existence." Sue Atchley Ebaugh
So, consider this my wish to you on Valentines Day.......with all your "hearts" around you, have a HAPPY one!!! Pat