Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It's a great day to share some mini quilt love!

3D heart mini quilt

The second Island Batik Ambassador project for the year was to make a mini quilt. When I started my Galentine mug rugs, I was already thinking ahead to what I wanted to make for my mini quilt too!


Island Batik ambassador mini quilt


I started with some red and pink Island Batik scraps (all sent to me by Island Batik either last year or this year as part of the ambassador program). I pressed the scraps onto Pellon 808 Craft Fuse.

Pink and red Island Batik fabrics

Next, I cut 2" hearts from the pieces. (All steps exactly the same as the Galentine mug rugs!) This time I made 38 hearts.

3D heart mini quilt

Next I cut a fat quarter of a light background fabric for the quilt top and a fat quarter of a pink/peach for the backing, then made a quilt sandwich using Warm & Natural batting. I didn't even pin baste it because it seemed to stay put well enough without it.

I used my acrylic ruler and hera marker to mark a grid with both horizontal and vertical lines spaced 1 1/2" apart.

3D heart mini quilt

I used the intersections of the grid to line up the bottom tips of the hearts, arranging them into one large heart shape.

Once pleased with the placement, I used my walking foot and 50wt Aurifil thread in Light Sand #2000 to quilt vertical lines through the centers of the hearts, using the vertical grid lines as a guide.

3D heart mini quilt

Once all the hearts were secured, I quilted an additional line between each vertical line, just because I like the look of more dense quilting lines.

3D heart mini quilt

I trimmed the quilt to 17" x 19" and machine bound it using 2 1/4" double fold binding.

3D heart mini quilt

I gave away all my mug rugs, so I'm excited to have a matching mini quilt that I get to keep!

3D heart mini quilt
3D heart mini quilt
3D heart mini quilt

Happy Valentine's Day, quilty friends!


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13 comments:

  1. Lovely! I like how you take and idea and keep working with it, Laura. So often I feel I have one idea and immediately get pulled to another before I can refine and explore more.

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  2. Love it! Like a floating heart shaped cloud of hearts!

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  3. Good idea to use the same technique for both projects this month. I really love these hearts and the way hanging is spectacular.

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  4. Sew cute!!! Love the barn as a backdrop for your photos.

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  5. Pretty, I like that the hearts can move.

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  6. Such a cute mini quilt! Fabulous design!

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  7. It's just a pretty as the mug rugs.

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  8. Really like the simplicity and uniqueness of the design. Your hearts are so perfect!!

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  9. This is lovely Laura! I love the idea of the 3D hearts.

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  10. Love it! And more quilting is always better :) I love that you arranged the hearts to make a giant heart.

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  11. These hearts are a great way to embellish a quilt.

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