warm hearts #2

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This little quilt is a remake of a favorite from a while back. I just love this heart print from Umbrella Prints, and have used it as the center of this mini quilt, pairing the red with other warm colored solids and just a few little other snippets of special hand printed fabrics from Umbrella Prints.

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I loved the last set I made so much that I decided to quilt it the same way, with a tight spiral, centered over the heart fabric. As I mentioned before, while I love the look of this spiral quilting, it does take some time, even for a mini quilt!, and requires lots of turning and pushing the quilt through the throat of the sewing machine. I haven’t yet attempted it on a larger quilt, and I think if I did, I’d most certainly make my stitching lines further apart (these are about 1/4″ apart).

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With this type of dense quilting, especially with a spiral it seems, the end result is kind of wavy and doesn’t really lay too flat as you can see in the photo above. I decided to block the quilt — I don’t often block quilts, since most don’t have this kind of dense quilting. But it seemed necessary for this one, since it’s intended as a wall hanging, and therefore won’t be washed. I really wanted to make sure it would hang as flat as possible. If you google ‘wet blocking a quilt’ you’ll find lots of information about this, which seems to be along the same lines as blocking a knit item.

A quick run-down of what I did (keep in mind that this was for a small quilt, and not one destined for a quilt show!) –

Before trimming the excess batting, I found an out of the way spot near our baseboard heating to lay the quilt out. I put a lightweight towel under the quilt and then wet it with a spray bottle until it was saturated. Then I flattened out the waviness, tugged the edges until it looked square (I should have used a quilting ruler, but since this quilt was so small, I just decided to go by eye), and pinned right through the quilt into the carpet (rust proof pins would have been a good option, but I took my chances!).

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I could tell immediately that the water greatly helped the waviness, so I really didn’t have to pull too much, and consequently didn’t use too many pins (if I had had to pull at the borders a lot I would have put pins much closer together to prevent waviness along the edges).

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I left it overnight, and was quite pleased to see that it was completely dry and nice and flat the next day. I squared it up and trimmed the excess batting and then added my binding.

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It measures about 21″ x 22″ and can be found in the shop here.

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10 Responses to warm hearts #2

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    Sarah Helene Seufert says:

    Visually pleasing in fabric color choices: 4 squares in varying widths — white, peach, brown & coral off-centered with rectangles: orange, white & a center of 4 red hearts with a thin edging of pale pink. Additional 3 snippets of prints for variety. Quilted with white thread — PERFECTLY in concentric circles (spiraling as you termed it) . . . spiraling out from the heart fabric. This is NOT symmetrical, which I love! Also the wider white framing is not symmetrical. Creative and gorgeous INDEED! You are an ARTIST in quilting. I’m not a quilter, but many will benefit from your tips on blocking this quilted wall hanging. BRAVO! Sarah Helene in Minneapolis, MN

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    Jenny says:

    It looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing your technique.

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    Sonia Chang says:

    Well now, the graphic designer has emerged and I doubt I shall see a traditional quilt from you ever again. The colors are beautifully balanced. If you get tired of it as a wall hanging, it will look good on the Thanksgiving table. The blocking method is useful information. Looking forward to youe next creation. Gina’s Mom

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    Margret says:

    It’s beautiful! I love it. I just tried to buy it, but you don’t ship to Australia. I’ve pinned your other one like this ages ago, I’ll have to have a go at one myself I suppose, but that circular quilting does not sound easy :)

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    Kathy h says:

    Beautiful quilt. I didn’t think wet blocking would help much with waviness but yours turned out great.

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    This is so beautiful! I love the colors. Thanks for sharing this information about blocking; I wouldn’t have thought of blocking a quilt!

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    Thanks for sharing about the blocking. I didn’t know people blocked quilts. Makes lots of sense for a wall hanging.

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    Hillary says:

    Cool! I’m used to blocking knitwear but never a quilt. Great lesson and great quilt

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    interesting procedure. good to know. thanks

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