Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Put A Little Love In Your Quilt Blog Hop!

Today, I am among a wonderful group of bloggers who are sharing their projects for the
Put A Little Love In Your Quilt blog hop!
It is hosted by the fabulous Carol S. at Just Let Me Quilt.

The only rules were to sew a project that has a ❤ heart ❤ on it! 
I could do that!

I  have long admired Amy Sinibaldi's Merry and Bright Cushion Cover at Nana Company.
Even though her cushion /pillow is made for the Christmas season, I used the pattern tutorial to make a Valentine's pillow! 

Using a jelly roll from my stash called Raspberry Parlour by Riley Blake, I knew it would be perfect! 

I started by choosing a phrase that I wanted to machine embroider on the ivory colored strips. These strips flank the rows of square patchwork pieces. 
Narrowing down a font and size, along with getting those letters lined up takes me forever! 
I don't have any embroidery software, so I just wing it. 

I embroidered using a dark brown thread rather than black which seemed too  harsh.

I cut 2.5" squares from the jelly roll strips, sewed them together into rows,
then into a rectangle to include my embroidered saying. 

It all looked great, but I knew I still needed a heart somewhere on this pillow,
so I cut a 💗 template and set it in the chosen spot. 

I also machine embroidered a lacey-looking heart in that spot,
then added a bit of scrap batting to make the heart poofy. 

I first stitched the heart applique down giving it a raw-edge, but didn't like it much.
I used some dark brown embroidery thread and started hand-stitching,
adding in some pearl beads every few stitches to give it that extra "pop"!

Using the same embroidery thread, I hand-stitched along the edges of the ivory strips.
I love the sweet touch this adds!

The back of the pillow is a simple folded edge with a pretty fabric strip from the jelly roll.
The 2 pieces overlap.
This makes it easy for me to re-use the pillow form for other pillows
as the seasons and holidays change. 

I made this to honor my wonderful husband of almost 35 years!
I will truly love him "forever and always"!


Be sure to stop by the other bloggers to see their fabulous projects
and find some giveaways along the way!

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If you've made it this far, you deserve to enter a drawing for a super terrific prize!

I am giving away a $20 gift certificate to
Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics owned and run by Bernie K in California. 

Be sure to stop by Needle & Foot and check out the awesome fabrics and
handmade products Bernie has to offer!

 Enter the Rafflecopter below!

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