Exploding Heart #7 + TGIFF

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Yes, this is the SEVENTH Exploding Heart quilt I've made! As you know, I very rarely make the same quilt twice, but this pattern has obviously earned its keep around here!

Exploding Heart quilt in Kaffe Fassett fabrics from the Emperor collection

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This one started out as a beautiful fat quarter bundle of Kaffe Fassett fabric from the Emperor collection. (You might find some here!) It's a gorgeous group with lots of purples!

Kaffe Fassett fabrics from the Emperor collection

I used my AccuQuilt to cut all the triangles, and went from "fat quarter bundle" to "ready to sew" in less than an hour!

Accuquilt cut pieces for Exploding Heart quilt in Kaffe Fassett fabrics from the Emperor collection

I was quite skeptical of the background fabric when I was sewing. Up close, the fabric seems busy like it might take away from the heart design. But when you step back just a bit, the design on the fabric doesn't show up and it becomes a lovely shade of pinkish-purple!

Aurifil thread for quilting

I loaded the top on my 1989 Gammill longarm with Hobbs wool batting. The backing fabric is the softest backing fabric. Seriously, if you haven't tried one of the Free Spirit Fabrics wide back fabrics, you must! It feels like silk! I used one called Millefiore Pastel.

Exploding Heart quilt in Kaffe Fassett fabrics from the Emperor collection

This was also the very last quilt I quilted on my Gammill longarm. "Kramer" has now been adopted by another lovely quilter. I'm trying not to be sentimental about it, but he was a fantastic machine. I have purchased an Innova longarm, so my next quilt on the longarm will be quilted by him!

Machine binding

I used Aurifil 50wt #2540 Medium Lavender to do meander quilting. I did the quilting a tad smaller than I usually do. The wool batting has a lot more loft than cotton, so the quilting can really add a lot of texture.

Satin quilt labels

I machine sewed the binding on (tutorial HERE), and remembered to sew in one of my labels!

Exploding Heart quilt in Kaffe Fassett fabrics from the Emperor collection

The finished quilt is SO soft and cuddly!

Exploding Heart quilt in Kaffe Fassett fabrics from the Emperor collection

I mean, look at all the texture when I tried to take a photo of it at sunset!

Exploding Heart quilt in Kaffe Fassett fabrics from the Emperor collection with Hobbs wool batting

I love how the backing fabric feels. I wish you could reach through the screen and pet it! It's so soft, and even cool to the touch.

Millefiori pastel quilt backing from Free Spirit Fabrics

I really love how different this one turned out than all my others!

Exploding Heart quilt in Kaffe Fassett fabrics from the Emperor collection

Here are all seven that I've made in one photo. See how different this one looks than the others?? If you want to see the others up close, you can see them HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. And if you want to make your own Exploding Heart quilt, you can get the pattern HERE!

Exploding Heart quilts

This one is already in the mail on its way to the Free Spirit Fabrics headquarters! They're going to use it to show off that Emperor fabric!


Now it's your turn! What did you finish this week??


I'm hosting TGIFF this week, which is a fun way to see what others around the web are sewing! Click on the images to visit others and make some new quilty friends!

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7 comments:

  1. Love it! A few of the ladies in my guild have made your pattern, I need to just do it too! Thanks for hosting today.

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  2. I like the background color you have chosen

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  3. This version is gorgeous, just like all the others :)

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  4. Love all of them!!!! SEW pretty!
    Thanks for hosting TGIFF this week!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this post, I appreciate your work

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