Friday, February 6, 2009

Be Still My Heart Times Two

I have been doing some sewing. Thanks to some inspiration from Oiyi's block in my Common Threads virtual quilting bee, I have two more quilt tops waiting to be quilted. I'm not really a heart person, but there was something about this block that made me want to make more. I made a total of 12...6 red and 6 pink. At first I thought they would all be in the same quilt. Didn't work....so, plan B...two quilts. Ah, improvisation...best laid plans get changed!
Here's the first one in the red. I played with how to create a quilt from just 6 blocks. I added more sashing in cream to make the hearts stand out more and then offset them with some rich red kona cotton. This one is a nice lap size. It didn't say baby to me anymore so I made it larger. Sorry about the picture..but for some reason I just couldn't get a good picture of these quilts.
Here's the pink version. Again, I played with how to set the 6 blocks. I like how nothing competes with the hearts. This one definitely has a baby feeling and it's crib sized. I'm in love with this quilt.

I actually saved my notes and measurements and wrote down a few things. Maybe these could become patterns?
I'm so proud...I made something I've never made before. A wallet. I know, seems easy, but I'm intimidated by things like wallets and purses and clutches. The front is a nice linen...I like the choice of button and the loop.
Flip it over and you know what might be inside. It's a tea wallet. Is that not the cutest idea ever? Don't you just love the one little polka dot on the saucer? I wish I could say I planned it that way.
Open it up and there are little pockets to put your tea bags. This one is going to my mother in law. She's a tea freak. I'm not really pleased with the topstitching. My little Singer doesn't do well with bulk. I'm definitely going to make more of these. I used this tutorial and added my own little touch of the appliqued tea cup.

45 comments:

Sara said...

The heart quilts are fantastic. I really like the layout of the red one (I like them both but if I had to pick, the red layout might be my favorite).
I, too, am somewhat intimidated by wallets/clutches/etc. I think you did a great job!

Stephanie said...

oh, goodness. your heart quilts are wonderful. i love the different layouts and the way you photographed them. so unique.
there is no better color combination ever than red/white!

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

All sweet. Especially a tea wallet for someone who will definitely love it!

Jackie said...

I heart your heart quilts. They are fantastic! I can't wait to see them all quilted up. A pattern would be fantastic too! Your tea wallet is great. Thanks for the tutorial link. Have a great weekend!

shellysquilts said...

Jacqui, You are AWESOME!!! Cute, cute stuff. Luv it!

Marie' said...

You have been busy! The pink top is cute, too.

KCQuilter said...

Ooooh, both heart quilts will be AWESOME! And the tea wallet is precious. BTW, I am blaming YOU for my latest purchase--Denyse Schmidt's book, Quilts! And not only that, now I have to run to Hancock's and buy two tones of Kona to make Drunk Love 2-Tone. You are a bad influence LOL!!! Have a great weekend.

MichelleB said...

The heart quilts are wonderful! I love them. I love the tea wallet too. Top stitching is always a bear, in my opinion. I find that if I use a walking foot, I can get it to be more even along the edge.

Cheryl A said...

Great layout on that pink quilt! I can't wait to see how you'll quilt it.

audreypawdrey said...

The heart quilts are lovely! The pink on is perfect for a little baby girl. I am also intimidated by clutches but yours came out perfectly!

Contented Caroline said...

I love all your things - your heart quilts are gorgeous - I'm making a heart quilt too, very different from yours which should be finished soon!

Sherri said...

I love the hearts...and your tea wallet is beautiful!

iknitipurl said...

Very cute heart quilts. Must of used up a lot of scraps! :) And the tea wallet is adorable!

Thimbleanna said...

I love your little tea wallet -- soooo cute with the cute teacup. I'm impressed that you'd try to use your serger on a wallet -- I've never dared try it!

Simply This and That said...

You have been a busy bee! love it all! ;o) ooxx`jodi

Darci said...

Those quilts are so great. I am with you I wouldn't think I was a heart person but those blocks are gorgeous.

Lisa said...

I have never heard of a tea wallet, but it's such a good idea! I always carry my tea bags/Splenda packets in a Ziploc, which is not the prettiest way! I should make one of these! Too cute!

Stephanie said...

LOVE the red heart quilt and how the shadows play on the fabric. LOVE the tea wallet and how you put your own touch on it.

Oiyi said...

The quilts are gorgeous!!

Lisa said...

Oh, that tea cup is too darn cute! I love the idea of tea wallets as gifts.

Ashley said...

what cute quilts! I love the different layouts you chose as well. And the tea bag wallet - so cute! I saw a tutorial for that recently and it's on my to-do list!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Love your work Jacquie! Your quilt tops are so beautiful, and the tea wallet very cute :) Hope you have a good weekend!

QuiltedSimple said...

Love the layouts on your heart quilts. And the teabag wallet looks great - love the applique on it!
Kris

shannon said...

You amaze me, I love reading your blog. That red heart quilt is absolutely stunning. And the tea wallet is adorable, love the applique.

Rose said...

I am so in love with your creations! I wish I could be as free with creating as you are, but I am a person that needs a pattern, so if you have the urge to do a tutorial or make a pattern, I would definitely be interested! If you wanted to sell the pattern I would even pay for it!! And I love both the quilts, so beautiful! Great job :)

Lurline said...

Great creativity - I love the pink hearts best, I think - look forward to seeing that top quilted!
Hugs - Lurline♥

sewtakeahike said...

Hi Jacquie! Your wallet turned out great! Love the teacup on the outside and the complimentary fabric inside. Very nice. I'm really digging the red heart quilt! It's different and bold. Nice work!

abcgirl said...

tea wallet?! i LOVE it!! and the little teacup on the outside is perfect. the cream linen is so understated....

this would be a fantastic thing to pack in a suitcase to take on a trip. i'm kind of picky about my tea and whenever i travel, i always think it's nice to have access to my favorite flavors. what a great idea and a beautiful design. thanks for sharing!

Anina said...

Lovely! I'm partial to the pink one.
I made a wallet once. They're such fun!

amandajean said...

your heart quilts are great!

i love the tea wallet, too.

MightyMom said...

I love that picture with the window shadowed on the quilt. It's very artsy!!

and tis a cool quilt too.

the baby quilt is neat...but that one little heart off by itself makes me sad....needs a friend poor thing.

what would you use a tea wallet for? who carries around tea bags??

Sharon said...

Your heart quilts are wonderful! I really like them, and I think your solution to only 6 blocks is very clever! I never would have thought of that, and it's so artistic. I can't wait to see how you quilt them - your quilting is always so clever!

I like your tea wallet! (It's on my list of must-makes!) The teacup applique is very cute, and I like how it hints at the fabrics used on the inside. You're so clever!

My word verif. is "dialized" - huh??? What crazy words Blogger is coming up with!

shelly said...

Greetings! I've been following your blog for several months and you have inspired me to come out of the box in a couple of ways.......i've started a blog and i'm trying not to follow the rules!
It seems most comments favor the red.....i'm a pink person myself.....so soft and soothing.
You're just the motivation I needed......THANKS!!
Shelly

upstateLisa said...

Jacquie, I am loving all your black stitching these days!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your heart layouts are most inspired!

Rebekah said...

I love the stair step pattern of the red and white quilt...you should definitely turn these quilts into patterns

Kate said...

Great hearts - I'm with you - I'm not a heart person either but those really appeal to me.

Eileen said...

Your little tea wallet turned out adorably. Don't worry about replying to this.. I do know how it is!.. but I just wanted to tell you I liked it. :-)

ranette said...

The heart quilts are delightful!!!
I love the red & white one the most, but that pink quilt is a cutie too.

Rachel said...

Ooooh, please make a pattern! I love this quilt!

Desiree said...

Oh I like your wallet! Linen is lovely. And I love the heart blocks! I am a Valentine baby, I really should make a heart quilt sometime soon! Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie D. said...

Those quilts are almost too pretty to use! They look like wall-hangings.

The tea wallet is so clever! I haven't made any of those bags or wallets that I see everyone else making, either. They do intimidate me.

Simone de Klerk said...

Lovely hearts! And such a pretty tea wallet.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love the tea wallet. The applique is so cute. And I love the hearts. They look like they could be stained glass - so lovely.

Lee-Anne Gilbert said...

The translucent hearts (up on the window?) really show off your perfect piecing Jacquie!! Very nice!! Lx