With Christmas in the rearview mirror, Valentine’s Day is the next holiday to do some fun sewing for! There’s not much time between Christmas and Valentine’s Day so we’ve compiled a fun selection of Quilts with Heart that are quick and easy to make and are sure to satisfy your creative urge.
Puppy Luv is an adorable foundation-pieced pattern designed by Mary Hertel. “I love to design patterns with animals,” says Mary, adding that cats and dogs are her most popular designs. Involving her customers, and designing with them in mind, is a big part of Mary’s success as a designer. Her quilt blocks, for example, generally finish at 7-1/2”, guaranteeing the foundation pattern can fit on a standard piece of copy paper. Designing most of her blocks to finish at 7-1/2” also enables the quilter to interchange blocks within Mary’s different projects. For example, Mary designed a Halloween candy bag called Candy Collector which features a candy corn block. You can easily use that pattern but substitute the Halloween fabric for Valentine’s fabric and replace the candy corn block with a puppy luv or heart block to make a candy bag for a different holiday.
Jen Daly designed a delightfully cute and easy pillow with heart. Bee Mine features quick piecing, machine appliqué, and a bit of hand embroidery. You can whip up one of these sweet pillows in a weekend!
Hearts will be aflutter when they see Happy Hearts designed by Stephanie Cunnyingham. Made with a simple stitch-and-flip technique, you can make this quilt in no time. Stephanie made her quilt scrappy, but you can also choose just two fabrics—or a whole lot more—to make this design your own.
Enjoy the Lovebirds digital pattern from Love of Quilting January February 2014 issue. Bright colors and a whimsical design make this placemat a great Valentine’s Day gift or year-round table accessory. It’s the perfect size for trying out a technique that might be new to you.
And how about a little freebie to get your creativity flowing? This scrappy country-style quilt is a wonderful way to show someone special how much you love them. With fast piecing and a fusible web appliqué option, you can have the Rustic Hearts lap quilt made in plenty of time for the holiday.
Love is in the air, happy quilting!