So, what do you do when you make plans for the
month and then totally blow them?
You make an I Heart You mini whatever.
I will admit, I am not fond of hearts in any form. Not sure why, maybe because they are just over done. Could be I’m just a Grinch. I was very surprised to be wowed by this piece, after all, I have only seen eleventy hundred heart projects in the last 2 weeks!!!
I wanted to use the fabric in the 2nd from left heart, so all was built around it, and I had very little of most of these in my scraps. I used different creams in the background, I have no idea why, it’s just the way my brain works. The big heart has an oops in that I turned two of the pieces, upper right side, backwards. It’s just a slight shade variance. Not as noticeable in person as in photos.
To further mess up the piece I decided to FMQ in the background and stitch in the ditch around the hearts. What could go wrong? My FMQ is less than stellar, plus I am not great at getting thread tension right at all. You can tell I do not have a smooth motion in a lot of the squiggling I was trying to do.
The hearts and border got a straight line treatment of diagonal stitching. I alternated the direction on the hearts and then fanned out from the centers on each side. I thought about cross-hatching the hearts, and may go back and fill in if I get a wild hair. LOL!
So, I totally had not planned to make this piece. I should have been hand quilting on the baby blanket, baby IS due in March! Or I could have been knitting one of my Challenge items. But these moments are why I need to remember to allow myself to start something totally unplanned and frivolous. Because you never know where they will take you and what techniques you might learn on the way! Now I am less scared to FMQ stipples on my Grandma’s Sewing Basket, which IS my Feb OMG.