Hello everyone! It's Ellie from CraftSewCreate! To celebrate Valentine's Day I thought I'd bring you a tutorial on my Heart Garden Quilt. This quilt actually has a story. If you'd like to know more on why I created it, click here. It was made with the idea that love will always grow and our hearts are bound forever. I hope that you can make it for someone special in your life or as a fun way to celebrate the holiday.
One Layer Cake (I used Giddy by Sandy Gervais)
1/2 yard red fabric for inner border
1 1/4 yards pink fabric for outer border
3/4 yards blue fabric for binding
4 yards backing fabric (I used 60" minky)
82" x 68" batting
2 pkgs. Wright's medium rick rack in Mediterranean
2 pkgs. Wright's jumbo rick rack in Mediterranean
Fusible web (like Heat 'n Bond Light or Steam - a - Seam 2 Lite)
Seam allowances are 1/4".
Step 1: Divide your Layer Cake into 8 sets of 5. Each set should be of similar color. With the Giddy set I was able to get two pink sets, one aqua set, one red set, one brown set and 3 cream sets. Set aside the red set for your heart appliques. The brown set I used for the "dirt".
Step 2: Take each set of five and piece them together in a row until you have 7 rows of 5 sewn together.
Step 3: Using your rotary cutter, cut each of the rows in half so you have two 5" rows for each set. Next you will cut some of those halves in half again.
I used one aqua row, one pink row and one cream row and made two, 2 1/2" rows from each 5" row. So you should have:
2 - 5" brown rows
2 - 2 1/2" aqua rows
1 - 5" aqua row
3 - 5" pink rows
2 - 21/2" pink rows
4 - 5" cream rows
2 - 2 1/2" cream rows
Are you with me? Whew!
Now, line up the rows for stitching together. Flip some of the rows the other direction to break up the fabric and colors. And break up the 5" and 2 1/2" rows for visual interest. I placed the brown rows on the bottom for the "dirt".
Actually for one bottom "dirt" row ended up ripping out the middle seam and flipping the blocks and then restitching so the would be more diverse.
Step 4: Stitch the rows together. Make sure you are matching the seams and pin, pin, pin! Did I mention pin?
Step 5: Press your seams. I like to press mine open. You may be tempted to skip this step, don't! You'll be far happier with your quilt if you do.
Step 6: Take the red Layer Cake squares that you set aside. Using the heart patterns found in the Printer Friendly Version at the bottom of the post, cut out the hearts according to the directions on the pattern. You should be able to cut one large and one small heart from each of the 5 squares. Place your hearts on the quilt to your liking.
Step 7: Add your rick rack "stems". Use the jumbo rick rack on your large hearts the the medium rick rack on your smaller hearts. Place some of them straight, some curvy, whatever looks best to you. Pin them onto the quilt. Where the stems reach the dirt you will have to pick out the stitching, pull the rick rack through and then restitch the seam.
Step 8: When you have everything where you want it, Use your fabric applique medium (I like Lite Steam-a-Seam 2) and iron the hearts onto the quilt. Make sure end your "stems" are under the hearts.
Step 9: Stitch a seam down the middle of each stem to adhere to the quilt. Then using a blanket stitch or straight stitch, applique around each heart.
Step 10: Add your borders! Cut your red inner border fabric into 2 1/2" strips. You will need to make two 62" x 2 1/2" strips and two 52 1/2" x 2 1/2"strips. Add the 62" side borders first, then add the 52 1/2" borders to the top and bottom.
Cut your pink outer border fabric into 6" strips. You will need to make two 66 1/2" x 6" strips and two 64" x 6" strips. Attach your side 66 1/2" strips first, then add the 64" strips to the top and bottom.
You did it!
Now you just need to baste:
I did a loopy loop stipple.
For the border I used a double heart pattern.
The cozy minky back. I used one of the heart patterns and the pink border fabric to make a quilt tag.
One beautiful Heart Garden that measures approx. 77 1/2"x 64".