The fabric for this project was provided to me by Riley Blake Designs. The project and opinions are my own.
You probably don’t know this, but I have been pulled out of depression twice in the last two years by sewing. Through being creative, putting things together in a unique fun way, and taking time to do something just for me, I have found my happiness any joy renewed. So creating, and specifically sewing, have a very special place in my heart and in my life. When I was given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for this new Happiness is Handmade line by Lori Whitlock, I jumped at the chance. The colors, theme and feel of this line just speaks right to my heart. I’ve been wanting to make some new mini quilts for a while now and this seemed like the perfect time to start.
I started with this sewing machine block from The Fat Quarter shop. It was a good size and I loved the shape. I had a blast putting it together. *Now, before we go any further, I need to add a disclaimer that I am a novice quilter. I have not done many quilts and my technique is sketchy at best. But, I’m learning, I forgive myself as I go for not being great at it, and I enjoy the process enough to do it anyway. So, don’t zoom in- okay?
I added a small border under the sewing machine and then added two rows of hearts to the top and bottom. I purposely offset the two rows of hearts to give the quilt just a bit of movement. I really love how it turned out.
If you are interested in making this exact mini yourself, this heart tutorial by Cluck Cluck, Sew is the process I used to create my hearts. I cut the color rectangles at 2 1/4″ X 3 1/2″, the tops of the hearts were created with 1″ squares and the bottom of the heart used 2 1/4″ squares. They are a bit shorter than the ones in the tutorial, but I like this shape a little better. The border between the sewing machine and the heart row is 1 1/2″ X 16 1/2″ and the borders on the heart row were 1 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ and 2″ X 3 1/2″. If there are any questions, please let me know and I can write it up a bit clearer. 🙂
Happiness for me is indeed creating handmade and I’m so happy I will have a bit of this line hanging out with me for a long time in my sewing space.
Happy creating everyone!