As part of the What is Love? block collaboration, the designers all tested one another’s blocks. We were paired up to provide feedback for 2 other designers, but there were so many fantastic designs that I kept sewing until I ran out of the fabrics I selected.
In addition, I sewed up 2 more versions of my contribution to the grouping, #CandyHeartLoveBlock, so that I could demonstrate in my sample quilt how the repeat starts to work.
And this is what my pieced quilt top looked like on Sunday, January 29th, when the Project Quilting 14.3 prompt was announced. You can see the stacks of fabric cut for Night Garden waiting for me, and I was itching to get this quilt finished. But I took the detour and time to make the 54-40 or Fight inspired finish last week instead.
So, after finishing my Project Quilting 14.3 entry, over the weekend I was able to refocus my attention on finishing up my What is Love sampler quilt, and I’m really happy with how it came together! The quilt is 36″ wide by 44″ tall.
In an unusual turn of events, I’m the one holding up the quilt and my husband snapped the photos of the finish in my studio. The weather here has been very interesting lately (yay for a weekly cycle of rain/snow), and it’s just been too windy for decent outdoor photography. I’m not exactly sure why we reversed roles, but whatever works, right?
I used a single width of fabric pink solid from my stash for the backing, and I used up the last of the light green print that can also be seen in the quilt top for the binding.
The quilt background is Kona Natural, and I used 50wt Aurifil 2000 (Light Sand) for the piecing and quilting. I opted to free motion quilt loops and hearts in an all over design to help speed the quilt to a finish.
I was really pleased with myself when I was able to quilt a heart inside of the heart in the #HastagLoveBlock. 🙂 Now that I have this quilt finished, I’m ready to jump in and start piecing Night Garden. Hooray!
And since a single row of the #CandyHeartLoveBlock doesn’t really show off the full power of the repeat, I created several mockups of the design in different colorways (above) so that you can get a feel for what the design looks like in its full expanded form.
The What Is Love? free event is open from February 1st through February 14th, so be sure to sign up so you can receive the 15 block designs before the event is over.