A Piece of My Heart

A Piece of My Heart mini stitchery quilt

Measures 15″ x 12″ approximately.

To begin with download your Pattern Sheet.

1. Choose your fabrics and decide your colour placements using the quilt photo as a guide.

My fabric choice for Heart Mini Quilt

2. Cut a piece of background fabric 12″ x 9″. You will find it much easier to trace the design if you use a light colour fabric for your background.

3. Trace each heart shape from your Pattern Sheet on to fusible web (Bondaweb) using the templates that have already been reversed for you ready for tracing. Remember to trace dotted extension lines where one piece goes beneath another. Number these pieces for ease.

4. Iron bondaweb shapes on to each of your chosen fabrics and cut out these shapes from your fabric.

Heart shapes bonded on to fabric

5. Place these bonded shapes into their correct position on the background fabric using the pattern sheet as a guide and remembering to centre your design on the background fabric. When you centre the design don’t forget to allow for the fact that the embroidered words are lower than the heart. If you have used a light background fabric you can place your pattern sheet underneath your background fabric and you will be able to see the design through your fabric for ease of placement (as shown).

Heart design traced on to fabric

6. Iron these bonded fabrics in place in number order on the background fabric remembering that one shape will go beneath another where you have traced dotted lines.

Heart shapes bonded on to background fabric

7. Appliqué each shape in place using your chosen method of appliqué. I have used a small machine zig-zag stitch. I have also chosen to use a white thread to highlight the shapes which emphasises that these are individual pieces. You might prefer to hand stitch these pieces with some lovely embroidery stitches and coloured threads.

Heart design with machine applique

8. Trim appliquéd fabric down to 11.5″ x 8.5″.

9.For my inner border I have used the same fabric colours that are in the appliquéd  heart and cut small pieces of 1″ wide strips to join together. My pieces have varied from 1″ to 2.5″ in length. All seams are ¼″

10. Join these pieces together to make 4 strips long enough to add to top and bottom and either side of your background fabric.

Pieced strips for borders

11. Cut 4 strips of background fabric 2″ wide and long enough to add to either side and top and bottom.

12. Sew these final border strips in place.

13. Centre the design on your pattern sheet once more and trace the stitchery words and designs. I use a very fine pencil or you may choose to use a wash away tracing pen.

Tracing stitchery design on to background fabric

14. Place a piece of cotton batting 16″ x 13″behind the design. I use 505 basting spray to hold this in place or you may prefer to tack it. I use cotton wadding because it is lovely and fine to sew through. I also place it behind before I sew my stitchery because it is easier to carry threads along the back of the work and they won’t show through.

Batting behind design ready for stitchery

15. Stitch the words, hearts and kisses using back stitch. Use french knots to dot your i’s and for dots between the kisses. I have used two strands of embroidery thread.

Stitchery words embroidered on to design

16. Place a piece of backing fabric behind the completed design. Once again I have used 505 spray or you may tack in place. Quilt in the ditch on either side of inner border to hold your backing in place.

17. Trim down completed quilt and add binding. I have used 2.5″ strips and ironed them in half lengthways to make a double binding.

18. To complete your quilt you might like to sew on a small heart button as shown.

19. I have then made and sewn two hanging tags to top of my mini quilt and hung it from a wire hanger.

Mini Heart Quilt with hanging tabs added

20. Your Heart Mini Quilt is now complete. Gift it to someone you love.

If you have enjoyed my tutorial you might enjoy my Valentine Heart Cushion Pattern which is another project in the same vein. You will find it in my Pattern Shop. I have enjoyed being with you today. Hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

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Comments

  1. This is gorgeous Lesley, I love the colours especially – might make one of these for my lovely hubbie.

  2. You have done it again Lesley really lovely XX

  3. I love this and like Linda i would make in lovely pastel flowers types of material.Thank you for the tute.

  4. Just found this Lesley – It is beautiful and can’t wait to get working on it. All cut and ready to sew!!!

  5. Linda Hardesty says:

    This is just adorable. I envision using some soft subtle fabric colors and am excited to look in my stash of fabrics to make this. Thank you so much!!!

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