Friday, February 12, 2021

Four Hearts, One Quilt / Beauties Pageant 116


Thank you for all the kind words about the Love Boldly projects I shared last week. I get such a kick out of seeing what others do with my patterns, and the testers I worked with on this pattern release did not disappoint! 

Love Boldly Pattern in the Baby Size

Among the six testers, three sewed quilts, two sewed pillows, and one sewed a runner. Seeing what they accomplished with the pattern helped me get my own project to the finish line ...

This four-block quilt (the baby size) started out as a nine-block quilt (the small throw size), but I just wasn’t feeling it. There was too much going on, which is an odd effect for a quilt that is composed of a single repeated block. I decided that the palette was the issue. Once I narrowed the color scheme down to just blues and purpley reds, things started to fall into place. If I had more of these fabrics on hand, I would have made this quilt bigger. Instead, it will go to a baby or be gifted as a wall hanging.

Art Gallery Fabrics

This quilt is composed entirely of Art Gallery Fabrics. All but one print is from Amy Sinibaldi’s Playground and Mayfair collections. See the sassy chevron in the bottom right corner? That print was designed by Maureen Cracknell. I’m glad it plays well with the others!

The background is Pure Solids in linen, the binding is Pure Solids in plum, and the delicate floral on the back is another Mayfair design ...

The Quilting

I quilted this project the same way I quilted my original (see the cover quilt on the pattern, below). I started by sewing a large X across it and then echoed in each of the four quadrants. I really like this approach, but I want to change things up for future Love Boldly projects. Got any suggestions? Because this project started off larger, I have a bunch of already-sewn-up heart blocks. I’m thinking they’ll become a runner (check out Ange’s runner in last week’s lineup) and a few pillows.

Last Weekend for the Sale

To learn more about this pattern, read my pattern release post. To purchase, visit my Etsy shop. Love Boldly is available at the introductory price of $7.50 through Sunday, February 14!


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  1. Hum, have you thought of wiggly lines going side to side? There's always stippling -- maybe stippling in the background and something else in the heart designs.... The pattern is really cute.

  2. I know free motion quilting isn't your first thought, but meandering hearts as a motif would be a sweet way to finish this off, too!

  3. Pretty! And I like the backing fabric too.

  4. A really sweet quilt!


  5. How about organic wavy lines from side to side? It looks great.

  6. Lovely quilt, your pattern is really beautiful!

  7. Hi Michelle, Congrats on your new pattern. Your baby quilt is really lovely! Take care.


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