Friday, February 4, 2011

"Pieces of my Heart" Tutorial

I recently had the opportunity to make a couple of quilt squares to be included in a quilt for a very deserving recipient. I wanted to do something fun and a little bit different. I loved the quilt squares so much that I decided to make one for myself, to keep and frame. And, since Valentine's Day is coming up, I also thought it would be fun to do a little tutorial for all of my lovely readers.

I chose five different fabrics that I liked and laid them out on top of each other. I free handed my heart pattern, but you could also print one out. I pinned the heart to the layer of fabrics and cut all of the hearts at one time.


After cutting out my hearts, I flipped them over, and on the reverse side I used a fabric pin and drew lines where I wanted to cut the heart. I divided mine into five pieces, but you can do as many (or as few) as you like! I pinned the hearts back together and cut along the lines. 


Once the hearts were cut, I pieced them back together, using a piece from each fabric. Here are my hearts pieced together, waiting to be sewn. 


I chose unbleached cotton for the background. I stitched each piece onto the main fabric, using a zig zag stitch. Let me just say, I am not good at zig zag stitching, and that's okay! I think it adds a little bit of character. It does not have to be perfect. 




I decided to frame my completed heart, but I think it would also look great stretched onto a canvas. 


 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you make your own heart, I would love to see a picture of it! And, if you like mine, you might just want to come back tomorrow, because it might be included in a really awesome giveaway that I have planned. Just maybe :)

26 comments:

  1. adorable!! framing several in different frames would make a really cute piece of artwork in a hallway or staircase!

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  2. So cute! And I agree with April - several of them would look really great together!

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  3. That turned out so adorable!! I've got to get going on my own quilt square for that project -- wish I had your mad skillz though :)

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  4. So cute!!! I've been trying to think of what to do for my own quilt square and now it's going to look plain. ;-) Lol!

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  5. way fun! That would work so well even on a pillow :)

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  6. Love it! That would be so awesome as a whole quilt, too.

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  7. So fun!! Love this and I think I might be able to do it too!!

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  8. This is adorable! Not sure if I can pull it off...but I think I'm going to give it a shot this weekend!

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  9. that is so darling alison! great tutorial!! i think i need to start growing my fabric stash (and start getting into sewing!)

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  10. so so cute! thanks for the tutorial. I love the idea of putting them on a pillow, hmmm...

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  11. this is absolutely adorable!! thanks so much for the tutorial :-D
    ~Andrea

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  12. O, this is soooo beautiful! i love the patterned fabrics you chose!! xoxo

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  13. Adorable! Very sweet fabric. I love your blog design, by the way, it's oh so pretty!

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  14. oooo love love it!!! i seriously need to try that!

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  15. alison this is awesome!!! so *sew* cute and festive!! i love to see your creative juices flowing. you've got taaaa-LENT sweet friend. love this!!

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  16. This is so sweet, Ali. Love it and am totally adding it to my inspiration board aka tumblr :)

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  17. hey lady! thanks for sharing on my breastfeeding post! now i love you even more, too!

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  18. adorable. also i love the name of your blog.

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  19. this is FANTASTICALLY BEAUTIFUL!!! I want one hanging in my little apartment right now!! wow!

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