VALENTINE HEART WALL HANGING





Valentine heart wall hanging

Valentine heart wall hanging

There are any number of Valentine cards in the shops already, but nothing is going to say it as personally as a quilted wall hanging that you have made yourself.  This will be a Valentine gift that someone will trasure!

I have made this Valentine heart quilted wall hanging using a simple heart in the middle and a fading outline in lighter shades of fabric.  That leaves the middle of the heart free for you to embroider a name or a message if you wish.

The quilted wall hanging is made medallionstyle, beginning in the middle and working outwards.

Making the red heart

Make the half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

To make the heart itself you will need four 2.7/8″ squares each in red and white, two red 2.1/2″ squares and six white 2.1/2″ squares.

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a red and a white square together with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to create two half square triangles.  Repeat with the other 2.7/8″ squares.

 

Heart shape layout

Heart shape layout

 

Lay out the squares and half square triangles in three rows of four.  Place four white 2.1/2″ squares across the top to make a fourth row.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.

 

 

Making the red heart frame

Sew together red and white strips of fabric

Sew together red and white strips of fabric

 

For the next stages I found that roughly two 1.1/2″ strips of red and two of white provided enough squares for the first fram, and three strips of each colour provided enough for the next two frames.  For the first frame round of quilt squares, sew together a 1.1/2″ strip of red and white fabric.  Cut across the width at 2.1/2″ intervals to make squares.

 

The first rows of the heart frame

The first rows of the heart frame

The squares are now used with the strips either horizontal or vertical.  Above the white squares of the heart the first row is made of one vertical square (red to the right), two horizontal squares (red at bottom) and one vertical square (red to the left).  The row above that is one horizontal (red to bottom), two plain white squares and one horizontal square (red to bottom).

 

 

The rows beneath the heart frame

The rows beneath the heart frame

The first row beneath the heart is one vertical square (red to the left), two plain white squares and one vertical square (red to the right.  The row beneath that is four horizontal squares (red to top).

Sew these two rows at top and bottom to the heart quilt panel and then make the strips to go down each side.  The left hand strip is made of horizontal squares (red at bottom), five vertical squares (red on left), one horizontal square (red on top) and one white square.  The right hand strip is the same but with the red on the right hand side for the vertical squares.

 

Making the dark pink heart frame

Top of the dark pink heart frame

Top of the dark pink heart frame

For the next frame of quilt blocks I used a dark pink to start to fade from the red of the heart.  As with the red heart frame, there are two strips above, two strips below and one strip down each side.

The first row above the red frame is white square, vertical strip (pink on right), two horizontal strips (pink on bottom), vertical strip (pink on left) and white square.

The row above that is two horizontal stripes (pink on bottom), two white squares, two horizontal stripes (pink on bottom).  Sew the squares across each row and then sew the rows to the top of the quilt panel.

The first row below the red frame is one vertical stripe (pink on left), four white squares, vertical stripe (pink on right).  The row below that is six horizontal stripes (pink on bottom).  Again, sew the squares across each row and then the rows to the bottom of the quilt panel.

The left hand column is one horizontal stripe (pink to bottom), nine vertical stripes (pink to left) and one horizontal stripe (pink to top).

Making the light pink heart frame 

That gives you two frames around the central heart.  I went for one further frame in a pale pink.

The light pink heart frame

The light pink heart frame

The first row above the dark pink heart frame is two white squares, one vertical stripe (pink to the right), two horizontal stripes (pink to the bottom), one vertical stripe (pink to the left) and two white squares.

The next row up is three horizontal stripes (pink to bottom), two white squares and three horizontal stripes (pink to bottom).

The first row below the dark pink frame is one vertical stripe (pink to the left), six white squars and one vertical strip (pink to the right).  The row beneath that is eight horizontal stripes with pink to the top.

The left hand column is one horizontal stripe (pink to the bottom), thirteen vertical stripes (pink to the left), one horizontal stripe (pink to the top) and one white square.

The right hand column is one horizontal stripe (pink to the bottom), thirteen vertical stripes (pink to the right), one horizontal stripe (pink to the top) and one white square.

I’m sorry if that all sounds a bit like a knitting pattern, but it was the only way that I could think to explain it.

Quilt border and binding

Quilt border

Quilt border

For the border, a further row of 2.1/2″ white fabric was added and for the binding I used the same red as for the heart to frame the quilt, using a 2.1/2″ strip.

Although this is a very simple pattern, I did find that I had to be very careful about which way the stripe faced (with pink to right or left) and I had to unpick several times when I had lost concentration and sewn the stripe the wrong way round.  However, I think it was worth it to creat such a personal Valentine heart quilted wall hanging.


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