Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! 

I really appreciate all of you that still visit my blog in spite of all of the "dry spells".   It's a drizzly day here to the point that it looks foggy out.  It's a perfect day to spend in the sewing room.

You've seen this quilt here on my blog before.  I had it quilted last year by my long arm quilter.  It is made of red and white string blocks.   You can see the heart motif that he put in the border. 

Below is the drawing from my Electric Quilt file.  You can see the breakdown of the blocks a little easier.  You can make the string blocks any size that you want.  Here is the link to my string block tutorial.  You can also get there from the tab under my header.

You could also use squares and half square triangles to make the quilt if you don't want to make string blocks.  In that case you would need the following:

 6 red squares
2 white squares
40 half square triangles (half red-half white)

My blocks measure 8 inches, but you could make them any size.  I know it's too late for this year, but if you are in a Valentine mood you could start today and have the quilt finished for next year.

Here's a better look at the string blocks in the center.  I used any and all reds.  The whites range from pure white to creams, and I even used some shirting pieces.

I love the photo below.  It was taken at my husband's family farm. This was taken before it was quilted.

Here is a smaller version using 3 inch (finished) blocks.  This is a table topper size and finishes at about 18 inches.  You can find my tutorial on how I made this table topper in my blog post here.  
It includes more on how to piece the string blocks and cut them into half square triangles.

Here is a close up of one of the string blocks.  I quilted this after watching Leah Day's Heart Paisley video.  I love her videos because she does her example on a square, and she shows you how to get on and off of that square and fill the entire area.  She has lots of videos on line if you just search.

Here is the same table mat using 3 1/2" unfinished squares and half square triangles.
For this you will need:
6 red squares
2 neutral squares
28 half square triangles

You can find more detail about this version of my table topper in my blog post here.

Here is the pattern for the table mat drawn in Electric Quilt.

The pattern for this little Valentine quilt and the Valentine table topper pictured are both available for sale in my Etsy shop.  The little quilt below fits on a wire table stand.  I have one of the Sunburst Dresden Table Toppers for every season, and there is one in the center of my table all year.  The patterns are also available at Back Door Quilts

I'm not sure what the Valentine plan is, but I bought each of us one of these.  I thought this was a better option than having a whole box of chocolate here . 

Are you all watching the Olympics coverage like I am?  There is not only the network coverage, but there is a cable channel that covers some live events.  It's NBCSN.  The problem with that is the time difference, so to watch you have to sit up into the wee hours of the morning because they won't let you record on that channel.   So I'm a bit sleep deprived, but I'm getting some stitching done in the evenings. 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. Happy Valentines Day. I love your hearts. Hugs

  2. I have not seen this style heart done in string blocks. Such a good idea.

  3. Love all your hearts - especially the 18" string topper. And I love the big hexie with the dresden center. I do not have a Valentine's wall hanging, and I think it's time to make one. For next year of course. Glad to see you in blogland!!

  4. Lovely hearts in all its settings and chocolate too! Definitely keeping an eye on the Olympics - it is the one time when I can really sit and get a lot of sewing done while watching the events.

  5. LouAnn, I always like seeing your blog posts-whenever they come. All holidays are special to me, and I want to make your string valentine quilt now. It's on my "mental bucket list" for next year. Thanks! Judy


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