Do you Feel the Love?
All the hearts and valentine projects I have been seeing here in the blogosphere inspired me to come up with a quick project that I could get done this weekend. I came up with this free pattern for a Valentine Wall Hanging called “Feel the Love”.
Here is a quick tutorial!
Fabric needed: a layer cake or (10-12) 10″ squares and 1/2 yd of background fabric.
I used a layer cake of Twice as Nice by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs. It is just full of reds and pinks…I set aside the blues for another project. There were 6 reds and 6 pinks in this layer cake. You only need 10, so pick your favorites. I just used all 12 for a little more variety, but I did have some extras afterwards.
Cut into 1.5″ strips. Toss the teeny bits left over.
Sew your strips into strip sets of 6 each. Make sure to mix up your strips and press as you go. You will need 10 strip sets.
Cut a 3.5″ strip and set aside, we are not using this portion. Using a 4.5″ square ruler as your template…center the 45 degree line along the center seam of your strip set.
Here is a close up of the 45 degree line running along the center seam of your strip set. (That will be between your 3rd and 4th strip)
Trim along all four sides of your ruler. This is what you should end up with. If you don’t have a 4.5″ ruler, you can use a larger one, but will have to do some rotating.
Now, this is just the way I did this…so no judging:) Take 4 of your blocks and using your seam ripper, rip out the center seam. Yes, I know….voluntary ripping!
Using your background fabric, cut (4) 5″squares and (2) 4.5″ squares. Take one of the half blocks that you just separated and line the corner of the block up with the corner of a 5″ background square.
Sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge of the half block, this will be along the same line of stitches you just ripped out.
Line your stitching up with the 1/4″ line on your ruler and trim the excess. Use the background piece you just trimmed off and repeat for the other half of your block.
Press the new block open for your pieced HST. You should have 8 of these HST blocks, 6 whole blocks and 2 solid background squares for your layout. All of these blocks finish at 4.5″.
Here is the layout.
Cut (2) 4.5″ WOF strips for your borders. Out of one strip sub-cut your right and left borders at 16.5″. Using the other strip sub-cut the top and bottom borders at 24.5″. Add them to your top in that order. Your top is done! Layer up your quilt sandwich and quilt as desired. You will need (2) 2.5″ strips to make your binding.
I quilted “Feel the Love” using Aurifil 50wt. cotton thread in Light Gray with a basic straight line quilting design. I finished the binding using this machine binding tutorial.
Sorry these final pics aren’t all that great…this is what happens when you finish a project in the middle of the night:)
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That’s a great project! Really useful guidance on making the squares.
Very cute and quick too! Too much on my plate this month but I think I’ll stow it away for later – it will give me an opportunity for quilt some free motion hearts!
Thanks for sharing!
A friend shared this on Facebook, I love it! Love the fabrics/colors/design! I’m going to pin it for future use – my motto is “hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s Day anymore!”
Love the tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing. You are the best!
Adorable! Great job Paula. ~Shari
I shared this today in my blog post titled “10 Pretty, Fun, and Delicious Valentine Ideas.” Thanks again for sharing!
Lovely design – thanks for the tutorial!
love, love, love!!! ♥♥♥
So cute, it looks gorgeous hanging up there :)
Excellent! I love it!!
a lovely heart and love the fabrics you have used here
Saw your Aurifil fame on FB and came over to say how pretty this is!
I’m impressed at all the photo accessorizing that you did in the middle of the night :-) This is a cute project :-)
Oh my this is so cute! I was just randomly clicking on Bee Social links and am delighted to have found this – definitely pinning it!
What a fun wall hanging! I really like the gray background. Here from Bee Social!
I just simply LOVE it ! Really beautiful Paula.
Pretty! Thanks for sharing.
I love the simplicity of it. Thank you!
that’s lovely! thanks for sharing
Thanks for sharing this sweet tutorial, Paula! I love the straight line quilting! Nicely done!
Great tutorial. Can’t wait to make some. Thank you.so much for sharing!
I love strata blocks!! What a creative idea!! Your tutorial was perfect! LOVE your heart!!!! Thanks Paula for sharing!!
Thank you for sharing this fun Valentines tutorial!! I’m a music teacher who is home sick with pink eye and an ear infection so I can’t go to school….. so while looking around the internet I ran upon this and decided I just HAD to make it…..today….. so I did!! :-) I will be sandwiching and quilting it tomorrow! I absolutely LOVE it!! I had everything I needed to make this (and then some….. I think I could actually make one for everyone I know). LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! I didn’t have a layer cake, just yardage (12 different prints in a valentines line I bought years ago) so I just cut out 9 X 10 squares and went from there! Worked perfectly! Thanks again!
Thank you so much for sharing this pattern and really good instructions. This is going to be placed on my front door as soon as I get it finished. :)
I LOVE this heart! You do such good work, Paula! I have been wanting to do some string piecing and this would be a perfect, small project for it. Thanks for the tutorial!
Very cute and adorable! There are so many wonderful Valentines Projects and this just tops them all. Best, Kate
Really cute, thanks for a great tute. I think these would work wonderfully as placemats too – now if only I could find the time to make a couple before valentines.
This is so cute and festive with a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
I love this! I am not much of a quilter (yet), but I think I could handle this one! I’d make mine from shades of purple to match my sewing room and hang it on the wall. Thanks for the great tutorial! *I saw this featured on Blossom Heart Quilts.
That’s so sweet! I posted to my FB fans at FB:offonawhim :D
Love this heart!
This is so cute, and I finally finished my version of it. I shared it on my blog http://patternsbyjen.blogspot.com/2016/02/valentine-picked-by-jen.html (with a link back here!). Thank you for a great tutorial. Jen
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That’s a very nice wall hanging i will definately try this at home. I would also recommend to use project management software to handle such tasks like Procore