Two Hearts Beating as One
2020 Finished Quilts, Quilt Pattern

Two Hearts Beating as One {Finished Quilt & Pattern Release}

Do you like to make seasonal and holiday themed quilts? Honestly, I typically would answer that I do not. But I happened to be doodling about a month ago and struck on the fact that I could overlap hearts to make transparency hearts.

Transparency Hearts

Transparency Hearts

Well, suddenly that looked like something I wanted to explore more and turn into a quilt! I have been really enjoying quilts with offset columns of detail and lots of background space, so I quickly went from a concept to 6 different sized quilts (from mini to queen size). Since I was on a roll, I decided to go straight into pattern writing. To test the pattern, I opted to make a lap size version in a happy rainbow of colors (aka I sewed from my stash).

Two Hearts Beating as One

Two Hearts Beating as One

And I am thrilled with how the quilt came together. The hearts are paper pieced to reduce the number of seams and to help achieve a repeated and crisp block.

Quilting Prep

Quilting Prep

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have already seen my post from earlier this week with the tip to pre-mark quilting lines prior to basting. My friend Riane mentions this tip in her book Inheritance, and it has honestly been a game changer. Be sure to have your quilt top on top of your batting as you mark (if you are using a hera marker like I do). The hera marker is a plastic tool that presses folds into the quilt top and the lines held up through basting and all the turning and handling the quilt had from quilting on my domestic machine.

Two Hearts Beating as One - Quilting Detail

Two Hearts Beating as One – Quilting Detail

I quilted horizontal lines spaced every 1/2″, and I used 45-degree lines within the hearts themselves to help denote the two overlapping heart shapes.

Two Hearts Beating as One

Two Hearts Beating as One

I used Quilter’s Dream Dream Green batting, and the quilt is still very soft and has a wonderful drape. I love all the texture the quilting created! I quilted each heart and background stripe in coordinating 50wt Aurifil thread. From the top I used 2423 (baby pink), 2105 (champagne), 2835 (medium mint), 5006 (light turquoise), and 2520 (violet). The magic of quilting is that you have to get up close to see the changing thread colors.

Backing and Binding

Backing and Binding

I purchased coordinating backing and binding from my friend Bernie’s Etsy shop Needle and Foot. The backing is Shine Bright, Rainbow Hearts, By Katie Webb Design, for Clothworks Fabric (which is no longer in stock in her store) and the binding is Rainbow Rectangles in White, Uptown by Kim Schaefer for Andover.

To celebrate the finished quilt and release of the Two Hearts Beating as One digital quilt pattern, the pattern will be on sale through Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14th. Two Hearts Beating as One is a fun modern quilt that is perfect for anyone in need of a quilty hug. I don’t often sew seasonal quilts, but these overlapping hearts (transparency hearts) could make a fun Valentine’s Day gift or any occasion quilt for someone you love.

Many thanks to Cheryl Brickey for her technical editing skills and my exercise partner, Tia Crank, for being willing to hold the quilt for photographs after an upper body workout day!

Linking up with TGIFF at Sarah Goer Quilts, Beauties Pageant 68 with Michelle (From Bolt to Beauty), and Favorite Finish (February 2020) with Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs.

12 thoughts on “Two Hearts Beating as One {Finished Quilt & Pattern Release}

  1. How cuuuute is this? And I love the crosshatch quilting you did in the hearts’ centers. Congrats on your latest pattern release 🙂

  2. This is so wonderful. Some of that backing is in my stash for my MQG swap back. Just such a fun and interesting quilt with terrific quilting.

  3. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Yvonne! At first I thought my eyes were seeing things – I blinked a few times to clear them. HAHA! Then I scrolled down a bit and thought aha! It’s not my eyes – it truly is two hearts. What a fabulous quilt for the season, but easily one that could be for anytime and anyone. I adore how you chose to quilt it – the crosshatching really lets those hearts stand out and shout. Great job! ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Debbie says:

    Super cute, and I love that it went from initial concept to pattern to quilt in a jiffy. Your quilting just makes it and I am so intrigued by that ‘mark before you baste’ method!

  5. Lea says:

    Yvonne, this is another beautiful quilt. The quilting is gorgeous too. And really, the name you picked is so sweet.

  6. smilesfromkate says:

    This is so lovely. I can just imagine it as a baby quilt, perfect. I like how you quilted it, anything else would be overkill. It’s gorgeous Yvonne.

  7. Izzy says:

    I love this! And your quilting is just perfect. How amazing that this quilt pattern came together so smoothly for you.

  8. Patty says:

    Love the quilt and your quilting is the perfect choice.

  9. Ooh, SUCH a wonderful quilt! I especially love the cross-hatchng within the hearts, and the backing, which, yep, I thought, I bet that’s from Bernie’s! Yay for another terrific transparency quilt!i

  10. Marti says:

    That is so cute! I would say that I must not like doing holiday quilts because I have two UFOs and no finished quilts. Yet, I wish I had a Valentine quilt to hang right now. So maybe I’ll finish the one I have started – just as soon as I find it again.

  11. Such a neat quilt and pattern, Yvonne! I can see why this is your favorite finish of February!!! Hera marker is my fav, too.

  12. Cindy Pieters says:

    I love this one! And that backing is perfect.

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