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Mar 29 / Dani

Heart Full of HSTs

As a part of Lindsay’s studio makeover, I decided that I would make her a small lap quilt/wall hanging. I had seen the “i heart you” pattern over on V and Co. and really wanted to try it out. I picked up a fat quarter pack from Hawthorne Threads because I thought that they would work well with the pink paint colour I had picked for the walls.

So I went to work getting the 231 half square triangles (HSTs) ready for assembly.

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I used this tutorial for making 8 HSTs at once, but it meant I needed to trim each one to exactly the right size. I actually like this method for that reason – it gives you very precisely sized HSTs, which makes final assembly so much easier. It does make a giant pile of trimmings though.

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Once the top was together, I picked a little heart quilting pattern out for the long arm and got to work.

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By the way, how lucky am I that I have access to two long arm machines that I can use? I mean, really? So lucky.

Once it was quilted, I hand stitched the binding on, and then decided that I would applique the Eileen Quilts logo over the top of the quilt. I used the starch and raw edge method, and I did it after the quilt had been quilted so that if Lindsay ever decides that she would like to use it just as a quilt rather than a wall hanging, she just has to pick out a couple of threads and the EQ will come right off.

Once it was all done and washed up on the wall it went! Yay for those Command Hook thingies!

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I am pleased with the outcome and I know Lindsay was too. Thanks V and Co. for a great pattern (super well written). I might even make one of these for myself some day.

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