Saturday, February 3, 2018

Valentine Heart Quilt

February!  I love Valentines Day and it's colors - bright reds and pinks to distract me from the reality of winter outside - the cold, the bare trees, the often gray skies, and the dormant landscape waiting for spring.  This year there is rarely any snow to make the outside pretty.  It's a great time of year for getting cozy inside, and creating and completing projects.  

Valentine heart quilt by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Finished Valentine Heart Quilt
In the spirit of completing projects, in January 2018, my Valentines Heart quilt was finally completed!  I created the top probably a decade ago and displayed the pieced top in a frame for several years.   

Valentine heart quilt by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Quilting Detail

I love the fabrics I used in each of the scrappy hearts and backgrounds, but the quilt top kept calling to me to be reworked and quilted.  

I decided to stitch down each heart with a tight machine zigzag stitch using gold metallic thread.  After that, I free-hand long arm quilted the top as an exercise in getting better at long arm quilting.  And just last month, a friend sewed the red binding on after finding out binding was a real road block for me.  

Valentine heart quilt by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Valentine Heart Quilt Detail
I guess one message to those with un-quilted tops (or other unfinished projects) is heaps of encouragement - projects can be finished years later when skills catch up with the vision for the project.  Enjoy making quilt tops you love, and perhaps you will finish them later.  **CREATE**!  

"Art is never finished, only abandoned" - Leonardo da Vinci
(of course, he didn't say that in English...) 

Valentine heart quilt top by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Heart Quilt Top before reworking and quilting

I hope the bright and saturated colors brightens your day.
Blogs are a great way to document progress. I featured the quilt top in a 2011 post here, and I find it amazing that it took 7 years to get it completed!

Valentine heart quilt by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Heart Quilt Top before reworking and quilting detail

Click on the images to see them enlarged. 

If you enjoyed this post you might also like:

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Valentine Hutch
Spring Hutch
Spring Needlework
hutch display
Vintage Lace
mosaic heart stepping stone
Mosaic Heart

I am linking to these parties:
Jan Olson: My funny Valentine (Entry 45) A Valentines projects only party

Classical Home: Homemaking Party Th 6xa (Entry 64 of 64.)
Lakeshoredrive: Bouquet of Talent Sa 6p 283 (Entry 43 of 190.)
Maison de Cinq: Sundays Home Sa 7p (Entry 5 of 260.)

Darling Diaries: Good Morning Mon 156 (Entry 24 of 65.)
Silver Pennies: Sundays Party 254 (Entry 107 of 177.)
Rustic Refined: Dishing it and Diggin it 186 (Entry 4 of 258.)
Jembellish: A-Round-Tuit 400 (Entry 35 of 200.)                        I was featured!
Dwellings: Amaze me Monday Sun 5p 251 (Entry 9 of 116.)
IShould: Inspiration Mon Sun 5p (Entry 191 of x.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 6a 457 (Entry 21x of 84x.) *
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues (Entry 10 of 69.)
Dedicated House: Make it Pretty Mon 241 (Entry 97 of 149.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 410 (Entry 22 of 252.)
Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun 44 (Entry 16 of 42.) 
Ruby Tuesday: Ruby Tuesday (Entry 2 of 14.) 
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 202 (Entry 48 of 310.) 
Cedarhill Farmhouse: The Scoop Mon 5pm 312  (Entry 60 of 460.) 
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home 243 (Entry 39 of 179.)
Mersad Photography: Through My Lens 131 (Entry 40 of 51.) 
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 374 (Entry 160 of 367.)
Gingersnapcrafts: Wow me Wednesday 337 (Entry x)
DIY dreamer: Let's Share 298 (Entry 187 of 315.)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 283 (Entry 50 of 156) 
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur 311 (Entry 137 of 169) 
Imparting Grace: Grace at Home 285 9:30A Th (Entry 144 of 178)
My Thrift Addiction: Vintage Charm 119 (Entry 14 of 51) no food
Celebrate: Celebrate Story 114  (Entry 77 of 134.) 
Lets add Sprinkles: Keep in touch 6 (Entry 20 of 22)
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 149 of 198) *
A Glimpse Inside: Handmade Hangout Th 190 (Entry
192 of 222) *
Fromgardners: Handmade Hangout Th 5pm 192 (Entry 192 of 222)
Katherines corner: Thurs favorite things Th 6a  (Entry 220 of 290.)
Marcela Cavaglieri: Finde Frugal 202 (Entry 12 of 37)
Life as we know it Th 271 (Entry 172 of 220)
Grandmas House: Wed Party 73 (Entry 182 of 185r)
Ducks In a Row: Wonderful Wed 263 (Entry 6 of 329.)
Pieced Pastimes: Saturday Sparks 258 (Entry 42 of 243)

Mythriftyhouse: Waste Not Wednesday 89 (Entry x)
Interiorfrugalista: Talk of the Town 110 (Entry 90)

Clairejustineoxox: Creative-mondays (Entry 138 of 138) also fashion
Eclectic Redbarn: Happiness is Homemade (Entry 230 of 268) *
Happy Nester: Friday Friends (Entry 7)



Paula@SweetPea said...

What a beautiful quilt! I know you are glad to have this project complete.

Linda Nelson said...

Very pretty.

Louca por porcelana said...

Love your pretty quilt but my passion is porcelain and here in your blog,I'm in Heaven!!!Such beauty,BREATHTAKING!!!I am so glad I have found you!Hugs,Maristella.

Isabel para ALROMASAR said...

An adorable quilt !.
I discovered you through Marcela's Findes Frugales and I stay for your blog as a follower so that I do not miss anything.
I invite you to go through mine if you feel like it.
Greetings from Seville, Spain.

My thrift store addiction said...

Wow, it's beautiful--you should be proud! Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned!

elmundodececilia said...

hermosisima la colcha y muy lograda.que bonito disfrutarla y utilizarla.Feliz dia del amor y la amistad.Un abrazo

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

It's so sweet! I love all of the assorted fabrics. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Katie Mansfield said...

Thanks for sharing this. I just remembered a heart quilt that is upstairs. I made it for me darling daughter's crib. I'll have to go dig it out. Thanks for sharing at Keep IN Touch.

The Charm of Home said...

Pretty pattern. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Happy Happy Nester said...

I've always wanted to learn how to quilt and I absolutely love your hearts quilt. Your color choices and the design is pretty and all your fabric is just perfect! Thanks so much for linking this wonderful post to our Friday Friends Parade Linky Party!

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