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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48 comments:

  1. Sweet pillow cover! I love the embellishments that you added--great touch. Your husband should like it a lot! Thanks for sharing. Now, what do I like about Valentine's Day??? Dark chocolate candy, flowers, going out to eat, but maybe the best part is sending valentines to my grandkids (not teaching anymore, so no valentines to the class but grandkids are better anyhow). It's fun picking out just the right valentine for them.

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  2. Your pillow cover is gorgeous. I love all the little details. It was brilliant to add the beads to the stitching too. My favorite thing about Valentine's Day is sharing it with my kids and hubby.

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  3. What a sweet pillow. Your attention to detail is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  4. What a precious pillow, the embroidery is beautiful!

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  5. Everything about this pillow is so beautiful...I love it! The little additions of pearls, hand quilting, and embroidery just made it so special. Such a treasure! Thank you for sharing this with us and for playing along in the hop.

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  6. Beautfiul details in your project...just gorgeous. I love seeing everyone with flowers, sellers/buyers/receivers - it just makes me smile.

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  7. Beautifully detsiled! Great gift for your husband too! Congrars on long marriagr. Thanks for shering

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  8. Oh my gosh, that is just too cute. Love all the details in it too. Good choice on using the brown. Mostly cause it reminds me of chocolate, and what better time of the year than now for that! LOL!!!!

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  9. Love your pillow. My favorite part of the day is the candy. Love the chocolate, of course, but my favorite is the candy hearts. I have loved getting them in this season since I was a littler kid. Only difference is, I used to get a small box, and now I get a big bag!

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  10. Wonderful pillow. I have seen the Christmas version and never thought of making one for Valentine’s Day. My favorite color is red so of course I really enjoy seeing all the Valentine’s Day decorations.

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  11. Your pillow is absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful present for your husband! I am sure he will love it. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Really cool pillow. Thank you for sharing. My favorite thing about Valentine's is that it reminds us all to love a little more! Have a fun day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  13. Valentine's Day is a day of kindness...and maybe a little chocolate.

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  14. A lovely pillow. I always get a lovely bunch of flowers on Valentines Day

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  15. I am very fond of decorating everything with hearts, so Valentines is a favorite holiday!

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  16. I love hearts so Valentine's day has always been my favorite. Very cute pillow.

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  17. I agree with Sandi, your pillow is adorable...just love it and I love the fact that you used different techniques.

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  18. Your pillow is adorable!!! I love all the extra touches you did to make it unique. What I love the best about Valentine's Day are the sales on chocolates on the 15th!!! And that red fabric is on sale in my LQS.

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  19. Love the pillow - so very sweet. I like homemade valentines!

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  20. Love the classy look of red and white❤️❤️❤️ Your pillow is beautiful!

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  21. The thing I love most about valentines is the chocolate!!!! Lol

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  22. This is the prettiest little project I've seen. All the added touches you gave it with the embroidery and the beads and the 'big' quilting stitches were like cream on strawberries. I'm so glad to know you; I'll be adding you to my reader, Feedly. Happy Heart Day.

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  23. That is just gorgeous and done so beautifully. I suppose that enjoying the love in the air is the best part of Valentine's Day.

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  24. Your pillow is lovely and every detail adds just the perfect touch. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...xo

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  25. Your pillow is so sweet! We'll be married 47 years this summer. I love Valentine's Day because that's the day we got engaged!

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  26. Your pillow turned out great. I love that I have people in my life that I love, and love me...makes each day worth it! Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

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  27. What an absolutely beautiful pillow. Total #CreativeGoodness. I love it.

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  28. I love how you have customised this design form the original Christmas cushion, so very creative. x

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  29. Valentines day gives us an opportunity to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us.

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  30. I love the opportunity to acknowledge about those who mean so much to us and yet might get taken for granted. maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

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  31. Valentine's Day is the one special day of the year that you set aside to show your loved one that they are loved, are cherished and are the only one for you. To me, it is a day of recommitment. With our busy lifestyles, these sentiments are sometimes a challenge to express, but for one day we can be together and celebrate each other. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  32. That's a wonderful pillow you've created! An amazing to do that embroidery without software. Your husband will love it! We don't celebrate Valentines Day much around our house - try to remind everyone in our lives they are special all year long!

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  33. What a beautiful pillow! I like that Valentine's Day serves as a reminder to tell those that we love how special they are. And nowadays it is more inclusive -- not just for those with significant others, but for friends, children, etc.

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  34. Your Valentines pillow turned out so wonderfully! It must have been difficult putting in the "lace" around the heart, and the big-stitch-with-pearls detail on the heart is perfect. Everything is super pretty on it.

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  35. Beautiful pillow ... love the embellishments you added. My favorite thing about Valentine's Day is the red jelly hearts.

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  36. Your pillow is really lovely; beautiful job!

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  37. Oops; should have rad the Rafflecopter first. What I love most about Valentine's day is the knowledge that I get to spend it with the beast man in the world, my husband of almost 50 years, Tom!

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  38. I love everything about Valentine's day but probably most are the jewel colors that make me smile. It's also the same month as my birthday so I think of it as my special holiday as well. What a lovely project you've made for your husband. You guys sounds adorable. I love the embroidery. Every now and then I wish I had more of that on my Babylock Crescendo machine.

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  39. Such a sweet pillow. I don't have a beau, so I just love chatting with my son, and buying myself a chocolate and fabric treat.

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  40. Thank you for sharing, and enjoy your Valentine's Day with your sweet husband.

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  41. Oh my, that is the sweetest pillow!

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  42. This pillow is gorgeous and contains so many wonderful touches! Love the choice of dark brown embroidery thread, love the font you chose for the writing, love those little beads! And the embroidery around the tiny heart gives it just the perfect lacy touch. Thanks for linking up to Wednesday wait Loss.

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  43. Well, I HAD to come see your pillow. I, too, have long admired her Christmas pillow, super idea to make it Valentine's! Great fabrics too! The beads add that extra ahh! Okay so no software...do you handwrite on the fabric and then hoop it and FMQ embroider (I've done this) the letters? It is beautiful.

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  44. All the extras make this pillow so pretty!! I need to learn a lesson from you and start embellishing items more.

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