"Falling in Love," 10" x 20", made for Project Quilting, Season 6, Challenge 4: Have a Heart, Feb. 2015 in Yellow Springs, Ohio
Challenge recap for "Have a Heart":
Your project must include at least 12 hearts of any size or technique.
I found the perfect piece of blue and purple hand-dyed fabric and a picture frame with a mat that had three cut outs. I marked the areas that would show (plus 1/4" buffer).
I laid the fabric on batting (no need for a backing fabric since it would be framed) and did some quick straight line stitching to keep it all together.
I found 12 small hearts cut from felt in the colors of light blue, lavender, dark purple and even one in gray and pinned them so they'd show when matted. I also added some small pieces of netting that had sparkles in it.
I don't usually take photos in progress (I don't want to stop the creative flow) but I knew the hearts would start to get hidden and I wanted to prove that I had all 12 hearts.
I sewed these down then started couching some yarn that was mostly dark purple but had some other colors in it. Then I added some loose threads and other ephemera and covered it with a purple netting and sewed that down, quilting at the same time.
I cut the pieces apart so they were 5" x 7" and taped them to the back of the mat. I didn't have to cut them but I wanted to make sure they laid as flat as possible. I like to use acid-free white artists tape.
Here's a close-up of the top part. The dark purple heart is on the left side, just below the lavender-colored heart, under where two pieces of yarn cross.
Here's the middle section. Again the dark purple heart is hiding under where the yarn crosses at the bottom edge near the middle (left to right).
This is the bottom part and it has the only gray heart.
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