Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
This swap is for (12) 12 1/2" blocks of any type of heart/s. (You need to start with a 13" x 13" piece of fabric)
We are looking for bright, unusual, colorful bohemian type hearts. They can be patchwork, pieced, applique, embroidery, whatever you like. Just make sure that the heart is centered on the block. The heart can be any size. They can be embellished with lace, rick-rack, or anything else as long as it can be sewn through when quilted. When sewing is completed, you will cut the blocks in half and send in 6 rights and 6 lefts. You will get back 6 rights and 6 lefts. These you will then sew to the 6 rights and 6 lefts that you kept. You end up with 12 blocks, half with your heart and half with the other participants.
We are looking for blocks that represent you. Maybe you have horses, and your blocks all have horse fabrics, or maybe you are a Star Trek fan, or you love jigsaw puzzles and you do crazy block hearts. It is all up to you.
The standard swap parameters apply of course. And don't forget to send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to get your return blocks.
Blocks will be due to me by February 8th. (Just in time for Valentine's Day)
If you have any questions, just let me know. Thanks, Kathy G.
1. Kathy G.
2. Ginny A.
3. Jean M.
4. Donna R.
5. Wilma S.
6. Beth N.
7. Lisa G.
Okay, Kathy. Sounds like fun. The leaf one sounds good too. I'm in for the wonky hearts.
Now Swapper 1 has sewn her half of her heart to the one done by Swapper 2 and trimmed it to size.
I free hand cut both of these hearts and surprisingly they came out close to the same size. That wasn't intentional. Normally they come out way different in size, but at least everyone gets the general idea of how this will work. And as I said before, the more wonky and colorful the blocks, the better the result. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. Also, once you receive your blocks back, you can cut them in half horizontally as well to give them even greater variety, but for this swap's purpose we are only trading vertically cut blocks.
Great way to demonstrate, Kathy. If I am understanding you correctly, I may want to make twelve different hearts so that my quilt will be more scrappy. Is that right?
Jean, you can make your hearts however you want, that is the beauty of this type of swap. I think they are really cool with using scraps, especially novelty prints and bits and pieces of lace and rick-rack. One of the ladies that I did a swap like this with several years ago was a big Disney fan, so every one of her blocks was a Mickey Mouse heart. Don't be surprised if mine end up being dogs or Game of Thrones...lol. I am still deciding.
I was just wondering about whether to make them all the same or all different, Kathy. I am thinking all different since I will be keeping half of each block.
I have plenty of dog fabric scraps. Lol. Maybe another puffin, too. This should be fun.
I am in-please add me to your list--
Hi Kathy--I am definitely in--please add my name to your list!
Hey Everybody Haven't heard from anyone lately-Do we have enuf people to start this?
I have already fused five hearts on to backgrounds so I sure am hoping w are doing this! There are no embellishments so far. I haven't wanted to post pictures until I ponder that part of the process. How to embellish in a way that doesn't hamper quilting.