Today is my special day for Melissa’s Valentine’s Day Showcase event.
I’ve made a Love-ly Garden wall hanging (or table runner) tutorial, just for you! This project finishes at 22″ x 38″.
I haven’t got the quilting done yet. So far, I stitched in the ditch between the background and borders. Next, in free-motion mode, I outlined all of the applique shapes. This is the first time I’ve done this. While it’s not perfect, I think it’ll be just fine once the quilt is washed and it puckers up nicely.
I drew some random heart shapes in the white background using a Crayola washable marker. These shapes were stitched as I got to them while doing a close stipple in the background. There are two at the bottom that I changed my mind about and didn’t stitch out. While I didn’t have to draw the heart shapes in advance, I could have just stitched them, by drawing them first, it’s helping me to focus on the stitching and not worry if I have enough space or good balance to do the hearts.
I’m not sure yet what I’ll do for the border. It will finish at 4″ wide. I’m thinking something geometric, a diamond shape perhaps, that doesn’t take away from the fabric or centre panel. Any ideas?
Purchase the Love-ly Garden appliquÃ© pattern.
Valentine’s Day Showcase
Check out the other free Valentine’s tutorials at Melissa’s site. This one is my favourite made by Kris. Isn’t it just adorable?
Click on the date link to go directly to each post.
- February 1st – Sharon from Craizee Corners
- February 2nd – Connie from Quilting by the River
- February 3rd – Vicki from Sassy Blog
- February 6th – Kris from I don’t have a problem, I have a well-rounded fabric stash!
- February 7th – Lisa – Cupcakes, Hair Bows and Kiddos
- February 8th – Debbe from Pieces to Love
- February 9th – Lyanna from Purple Panda Quilts
- February 10th – Jenna from SewHappyGeek
- February 13th – Brandy from When Life Hand You Fabric…Make a Quilt
Starting tomorrow, Melissa will also be having a Valentine’s-themed link party on her site. She has some awesome prizes to give away too!
Valentine’s Day Parties
I’m linking up my free tutorial at some fun Valentine’s Day parties from other quilting friends. Be inspired by these gorgeous projects shown. Who knows, maybe I’ll even win!
Be My Valentine – Weekly Quilt Contest
Don’t forget to enter this week’s Be My Valentine quilt contest. For this contest, you can also enter other items made with fabric that fit the theme… and quilts too, of course. The Fat Quarter Shop are giving away this beautiful jelly roll of Always & Forever by Deb Strain for this week’s winner.