Saturday, 15 January 2011

Valentine Heart Quilted Wall Hanging


There are any number of Valentine cards in the shops already, but nothing is going to say it as personally as a quilted wall hanging that you have made yourself.  This will be a Valentine gift that someone will treasure!

I have made this Valentine quilted wall hanging using a simple heart in the middle and a fading outline in lighter shades of fabric.  that leaves the middle of the heart free for you to embroider a name or a message if you wish.

The quilted wall hanging is made medallion style, beginning in the middle and working outwards.  To make the heart itself you will need four 2.3/4" squares each in red and white, two red 2.1/2" squares and six white 2.1/2" squares.

Place the red and white 2.3/4" squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a seam 1/4" to either side of the marked line.  Cut along the marked line and you will end up with two squares, each made up of a red and a white triangle.




Place the triangle squares as shown with two red 2.1/2" squares in the middle and two white 2.1/2" squares in the bottom corners.  Place four 2.1/2" white squares across the top of the heart - not shown in the photo as I forgot to take a photo at that stage!  Using a 1/4" seam sew together across the rows and then sew the rows together.

For the next stages I found that roughly two 1.1/2" strips of red and two of white provided enough squares for the first frame, and three strips of each colour provided enough for the next two frames.

For the first frame round of quilt squares, cut a 1.1/2" strip each of red and white fabric across the width of the fabric.  Using a 1/4" seam sew these together and cut across the width at 2.1/2" intervals to make squares.





The squares are now used with the stripe either horizontal or vertical.  Above the white squares of the heart the first row is made of one vertical square (red to the right), two horizontal squares (red at bottom) and one vertical square (red to the left).  The row above that is one horizontal (red to bottom), two plain white squares and one horizontal square (red to bottom).



The first row beneath the heart is one vertical square (red to the left), two plain white squares and one vertical square (red to the right).  the row beneath that is four horizontal squares (red to top).

Sew these two rows at top and bottom to the heart quilt panel and then make the strips to go down each side.  The left hand strip is made of horizontal square (red at bottom), five vertical squares (red on left), one horizontal square (red on top) and one white square.  The right hand strip is the same but with the red on the right hand side for the vertical squares.

For the next frame of quilt blocks I used a dark pink to start to fade from the red of the heart. As with the red, there are two strips above, two strips below and one strip down either side.

The first row above the red frame is white square, vertical stripe (pink on right), two horizontal strips (pink on bottom), vertical stripe (pink on left) and white square.

The row above that is two horizontal stripes (pink on bottom), two white squares, two horizontal stripes (pink on bottom).  Sew the squares across each row and then sew the rows to the top of the quilt panel.

The first row below the red frame is one vertical stripe (pink on left), four white squares, vertical stripe (pink on right).

The row below that is six horizontal stripes (pink on bottom).

Again, sew the squares across each row and then sew the rows to the bottom of the quilt panel.

The left hand column is one horizontal stripe (pink to bottom), nine vertical stripes (pink to left) and one horizontal stripe (pink to top).

The right hand column is the reverse:  one horizontal stripe (pink to bottom), nine vertical stripes (pink to right) and one horizontal stripe (pink to top).

That gives you two frames around the central heart.  I went for one further frame in a pale pink.

The first row above the pink frame is two white squares, one vertical stripe (pink to the right), two horizontal stripes (pink to the bottom), one vertical stripe (pink to the left) and two white squares.

The next row up is three horizontal stripes (pink to bottom), two white squares and three horizontal stripes (pink to bottom).

The first row below the pink frame is one vertical stripe (pink to the left), six white squares and one vertical stripe (pink to the right).

The row beneath that is eight horizontal stripes with pink to the top.

The left hand column is one horizontal stripe (pink to the bottom), thirteen vertical stripes (pink to the left), one horizontal stripe (pink to the top) and one white square.

The right hand column is one horizontal stripe (pink to the bottom), thirteen vertical stripes (pink to the right), one horizontal stripe (pink to the top) and one white square.

I'm sorry if that all sounds a bit like a knitting pattern, but it was the only way that I could think to explain it.

For the border, a further row of 2.1/2" white fabric was added and for the binding I used the same red as for the heart to frame the quilted wall hanging, using a 2.1/2" strip.
Although this is a very simple pattern, I did find that I had to be very careful about which way the stripe faced (with pink to right or left) and I had to unpick several times when I had lost concentration and sewn the stripe the wrong way round!  However, I think it was worth it to create such a personal Valentine quilted wall hanging.

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