Checking off the things on my To Do list at the speed of light!
I apologise for the poor quality of these photos. I grabbed a quick photo with my iPad after laying this quilt on the living room floor, then tried to get some more pics with my phone after it was hung up at work.
I was pleased that the quilt came together pretty much as I envisioned it. I made the heart first, sewing a type of crazy quilt onto a large heart shape cut from batting. I used silver metallic thread for the stitching over the seams, which went far better than I’d hoped. Thanks to YouTube, I found out that metallic threads need a larger-eyed needle and a looser tension, so I put in a 90/14 Universal (didn’t have a topstitch one) and dialled my top tension from 6 to 3. It worked!
After that, I sewed the heart to the cloud fabric, first using a straight stitch around the shape close to the edge and then adding a wide zigzag.
I had a couple of packages of silver trims to make the heart look like a balloon, with a string coming down and continuing off the edge of the quilt. The free motion quilting says “Love is in the air”, and the flowers are just strips of fabric gathered along one edge and fastened down with buttons.
It took me a few hours each day from Friday through Sunday. On Monday, it was hung up at work and my manager gave me another project to do. We have some metal purse frames that aren’t selling, so I brought one home and checked out YouTube for how to make a bag with it. The instructions that came with the frame were not very helpful!
I ended up using a Rockstars and Royalty video, mostly following what she did except I made darts rather than boxing the bottoms of the bag.
Well, the air in my sewing room must have been blue by the time I finished sewing in that handle! Talk about fiddly! My needle kept coming unthreaded, the fabric kept moving out of the frame and I had to redo stitches, and at one point the thread snapped when I was only halfway done one side.
It’s done now and if I make another I think I’ll go back to a Debbie Shore video I watched that constructed the bag differently and may result in a neater junction at the hinges.
I was playing with some red yarn and a hook at my local tea shop and came up with a small heart that you can use as an ornament or applique. I have made a few to make sure the directions work out as written but this hasn’t been tested by anyone else. Let me know if you have any questions.
I feel it works best without the hanging loop as the loop obscures the dip in the top of the heart somewhat. Do whatever you prefer. It is slightly asymmetrical.
There is a Print option at the bottom of my post – you can choose only to print the pages you need, if you’d rather not use too much ink, or copy and paste the text into a separate document if you like. Of course, if you’re using an iPad, it will convert any webpage into a pdf and store it in iBooks, which is awesome if you want to save it for later.
What you’ll need:
A small amount of any yarn, any weight, any colour (I used Knit Picks Shine Sport in Serrano)
A hook to suit your weight of yarn (I used a 3.75mm/F hook)
A darning needle to weave in ends
A stitch marker (the locking kind that look like little plastic safety pins are perfect for this)
ch = chain
ss = slipstitch
sc = single crochet (double crochet in UK)
dc = double crochet (treble crochet in UK)
hdc = half double crochet (half treble in UK)
rnd = round
rep = repeat
st/sts = stitch(es)
Ch4, ss into 4th ch from hook to join into a circle, ch 1
R 1: Work 6sc into circle. From now on you will be working in a spiral, not joined rounds. I suggest placing a stitch marker into the first st of each rnd to keep track. (6 sts)
R 2: 2sc into each sc (12 sts)
R 3: (2sc into next st, 1 sc into next st) repeat around (18 sts)
R 4: (2sc into next st, 1 sc into each of next 2 sts) repeat around, ss into next sc to complete rnd (24 sts)
R 5: ch3, dc in same st, 2dc into next st, 2 dc into next st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, sc into each of the next 6 sts, ch2, sc into same st (makes bottom point), 5sc, 3hdc, 2dc into next st, 2dc into next st, dc in next, ch3, ss into same st (base of dc just worked)
There should be one st left unworked for the top centre of the heart. Either fasten off here and weave in your ends or create hanging loop as follows.
Loop: ss into last st of round, ch10, ss into same st as before. Fasten off. (Loop can be made as long or as short as you like; just make more chains.)