My local Modern quilting group had a challenge for Valentine's. I announced the challenge in November to give everyone plenty of time to have their projects completed by the February meeting, so of course, mine was not finished. I think it still needed binding.
We could do anything we wanted for the challenge, it just needed to have a Valentine theme. I chose to do a table runner because I love table runners and you can never have too many. Right? (haha)
I also chose to do paper piecing because I love it so and it's my "go to" technique. I used Mini Love Quilt pattern from Sew Mama Sew which I've used before. Instead of arranging the letters in a square, I just went straight down with them. I made 2 rows and to finish the rows off, I paper pieced little hearts. The heart pattern is from the book 365 Foundation Quilt Blocks by Linda Causee that I've mentioned before. I added the black text fabric around the hearts until I had them the size that I wanted.
I used a charm pack of Moda Kiss Kiss for the letters. For the parts of the letters that were to long for 5 inch charm pack blocks, I used solid Kona Cotton. I didn't keep track of all the colors of Kona I used but as you can tell, it was shades of aqua, pink, and red.
The black and white chevron stripe fabric that I used as sashing between the rows is why I call this piece "Psychedelic Valentine". The motion of the fabric hurts my eyes and it felt very psychedelic to me. I think it is a fabric from one of the Moda Halloween lines.
I quilted it on my new Juki TL2010Q. I FMQ'd loopy lines in the letters with red thread - 50 wt. Auriful.
The psychedelic black sashing fabric has long squiggles quilted on them from top to bottom. I used black thread, also 50 wt. Aurifil, to quilt it and you can't see it at all from the front. Only from the back. I didn't quilt anything in the black spaces or in the heart blocks. I just felt like this was enough.
Speaking of the back, here it is! I used my remaining charm squares to make the back of the runner and I used a large piece of this pink Dear John fabric that I've been hoarding. You can see all the quilting so much better from the back.
I used charm square scraps for my label and zig zagged it down with the black thread. I love making labels this way. It is from a tutorial by Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation. I never forget my labels now. They are just a part of the back of every quilt.
My binding is a red fabric with aqua dots that is a part of the Kiss Kiss line.
My Psychedelic Valentine measures 18 inches by 32 inches.
I hope you enjoyed my Valentine project and reading my blog. Please come back to visit anytime!
**Linking up to My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday and to Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday