Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 4–Chunking It

The layout is complete (but I am not showing the entire thing right now to keep a little bit of a surprise).

When there is a variety of sizes, assembly is not just sewing rows together. Rather, you need to approach it in chunks.

So, that is what I am doing: Sewing blocks into chunks.

It is looking positive so far.

Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 3–Layout And Adjustments

At a certain point you just have to go for it. The only way to really find out if it will work is to give it a go.

So, the “design floor” is being pressed into service.

It looks pretty busy, but also balanced, so far. Can you spot your block yet?

Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 2–Block Sizing

The wedding quilt for Sparkle Jane and her Husband is starting to take shape. The next step is to determine a layout that will accommodate the multi-size blocks.

I took my inspiration from a quiltalong hosted several years ago by Thought and Found. The blog is no longer active, but the information on the quiltalong can be found HERE.

So, step 2 consists of turning the 10″ blocks into 12″ blocks.

And creating some 12″ blocks out of 4 6″ blocks.

There now, we are starting to get somewhere.

Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 1–What Do We Have Here?

Step One: What do we have here?

With a group project and multi-sized blocks, the first thing that needs to be done is to figure out what we have here–both size and colors. How it is going to balance out?

The good news is that you all did an amazing job. A total of 175 blocks are here and ready to be used.

More 4″ blocks will be needed, so I am going to add a few of those. In some sizes I have an abundance of certain colors and some blocks will be added to the back to make it a two sided quilt. So exciting! SO much love in one quilt.

Step 2 coming soon.

UPDATE: Hearts Desire(d) Wedding Quilt

As of the time of this picture, 39 blocks have been kindly made and contributed to the wedding quilt for Sparkle Jane and her young man. The excitement is building. Thank you to each of you who have shared your love and talents.

https://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/2021/01/30/hearts-desired-a-wedding-quilt-for-sparkle-jane/I am so touched to see the project come together. You can look HERE for more information.

No, it is not too late to send blocks. I am hoping to have all the blocks together by about April 1, 2021 and then to start on assembly. I will keep you posted as things develop.

Baby Mine

I desperately needed a new project to lift my spirits.  Baby quilts are just the thing!

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I call it Baby Mine.

Nine simple blocks finish as a 34-1/2″ quilt top.

And I feel much better now.

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Hopefully this will help me refuel to return to the Halfway quilt and keep squaring up the HSTs.  Only about 400 to go.  No, I’m not kidding.

 

ps–The idea came from a picture that didn’t link to anything, but a little research showed me that it exists as a block pattern in a few different places.  If you like it, try HERE:   https://www.quiltingcompany.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/Nine-Patch_Heart_Block.pdf  or HERE: http://www.quiltingassistant.com/valentineheart.html