Behold the plan I drew on the computer when I was purchasing the fabric way back in 2008/09:
Each of the heart/nine squares is 6" x 6". I'd seen the design made on an site selling Amish quilts. Since I <3 arithmetic, there seems no point to purchase a quilt pattern when you can calculate the fabric amounts yourself. My parents bought the coloured fabric for my birthday that year.
I used a template cut from an ice-cream carton to trace 144 freezer-paper hearts, ironed them to the coloured fabric and laboriously hand-stitched them invisibly to the cream squares.
Past Alice did all the machine patchwork and made the quilt sandwich. Many hours were spent listening to vinyl and hand-basting it all together on my parents' floor. Many more hours were spent quilting in-the-ditch between all the large 6" squares, and diagonally over the smaller squares. Even longer was spent watching television while burying all the cut thread ends into the quilt layers.
When I picked it back up this year (several house-moves later), I have this:
|Sorry for the poor flash-photography indoors at night|
So. Not many blog posts from me, and not much exciting sewing until I've finished my machine quilting. Ah well.
* My machine needs a service after its first 12 years of faithful stitchery. However, I'm not forking out £70 at my local shop for this, so I'll be doing it myself on the dining room table when the quilt is finished. If you're lucky, I'll post some exciting photos of the guts of my Janome. What's the worst that could happen?!