A few finishes for Friday

I have a few finishes for Friday to share with you all.  But first, I want to say thank you for all of the awesome comments from my challenge on Wednesday to share the love of a quilt with a friend.  Your stories have been amazing and truly heart warming.

Speaking of that challenge, I have finished my 3rd Color My Heart Mini Quilt.  (The pattern can be found here.)  Just one more to go!

There are four things that I really love about this quilt.  The first thing is the scissor print found in the outside border.  How cute is that!  It’s just enough to say, “hellooo quilter”.  The second thing I love is the ombre binding.  I used two color ways of Vanessa Christenson’s ombre fabric from Moda.  It has great impact!

Color My Heart Quilt by The Crafty Quilter

The third thing I like is the simple quilting.  I used Sliver thread by Sulky in Opalescent which is an iridescent metallic and it gives things a little sparkle.  I stitched in the ditch with it and I duplicated the heart shape inside with it (twice).  That sparkle gives the quilting just as much kick as fancy quilting would (with much less effort!).

Color My Heart Quilt by The Crafty Quilter

And last is the backing fabric.  This was a fat quarter of Anna Griffin fabric that I’ve been hanging onto.  It looks great with the binding!

Color My Heart backside with Anna Griffin fabric

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Swoon quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms.  It was on everyone’s “make it” list when it first came out.  I made one several years ago as a shop sample.  I also taught a class on how to make it at The Granary Quilt shop.  I’ve had this one, unfinished block in my sewing room that I wanted to do something with.  So, I turned it into a table topper with the addition of some corner triangles.

Swoon Table Topper @ The Crafty Quilter

It’s going to be a birthday present for my mom.  I used some old Fig Tree fabric for most of it, and it’s perfect for the upcoming fall season.  It makes me want to make some pumpkin muffins and have a cup of tea!

swoon topper with tea cup copy

I had to quilt it in a hurry, so I did some large spirals in the yellow areas and found a stencil that fit perfectly in the center.

Swoon Table Topper @ The Crafty Quilter

I took pictures along the way, so I’ll have a quick tutorial on Sunday showing you how to add the corner triangles.  It really adds to the size and versatility of this single block.

That’s it for now.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


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  1. Julie, thank you for this GORGEOUS patchwork heart mini. It’s actually my birthday that day. I’ve been searching the internet for the perfect mini heart that expresses “me.” I can’t wait to make it for my mini quilt wall (still in the making 🙂 I’m thinking ombre – something I’ve never used before. I love your choice of all the fabrics. Thanks for the great idea!! So happy top find the perfect pattern for me.

  2. I have always had a soft side for anything with hearts and this mini-quilt just melts mine! I have a ton of scraps and plan to make one (or a dozen) of these as soon as possible! Thanks for sharing…it is adorable!

  3. What a wonderful post to read with my morning coffee. Love your heart quilt and have saved it as a ‘must do’ project. Your swoon is gorgeous with the setting triangles…a perfect table topper!

  4. What beautiful pieces. Your heart quilt is so cute. I love that it’s not all reds or pinks. The scrappiness makes it so much fun. That swoon topper is great. I would have never thought of adding the corners.

  5. I absolutely LOVE the “swoon” table topper and can’t wait for the instructions. I printed out a photo you posted months ago that was a table topper with the corner triangles. I’ve been trying to find the pattern ever since. It was made with shades of green charm squares.
    You always have such good ideas and beautiful fabrics.
    Joann H

  6. Hi Julie,
    I love the little mini heart quilts and the idea of your challenge! I am going to make one for my niece – her dad, my brother, passed away last year about this time and I know she misses him greatly! The fact that she is almost due with her second child, (a boy he would have enjoyed spoiling) just makes it a little harder.
    And I really love the table topper for your Mom! She’s going to love it – can’t wait for the tutorial!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love this block and adding the side triangles made it a perfect table topper. This could be made up for many holidays. What a great gift! Thank you.

  8. I had a charm pack and decided to make the larger version first. It went together so quickly and came out so pretty. There are enough squares left over to make a mini today! Your table topper came out so pretty. Your mom will be so pleased. Looking forward to the tute!

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