Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm all for any reason to turn a ho-hum day into a fun day, especially in February, when most days where I live are ho-hum.  So today I'm wearing red candy heart socks, a red shirt, and cooking a red dinner set to red candles,  plus I'm eating any fine chocolates that come my way, guilt free.  So let's all celebrate Valentine's day today, big or small, and go back to ho-hum tomorrow.

And what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a Valentine's Day finish?  (Ok, eating fine chocolates all day guilt free may be better, but not by much)

I fell in love with Bonnie's Love You Most quilt pattern immediately.  But I'm not one to jump on the bandwagon and piece the latest pattern craze, I have a schedule to stick to, and things to think about, like how to change it.  But then I remembered that this is the Year of Thelma-LX, and this is the year I DO jump on the latest craze, schedules should allow for some flexibility and more importantly, fun.

To add to the fun I gave myself a goal of finishing by Valentine's Day, which was a fairly unnecessary  goal, but luckily for me this pattern is a breeze to piece and I met my goal easily, no stress whatsoever.

I pieced the hearts first, this may be my all time favorite heart block.  It's the stripe down the middle, it just appeals to me.

My favorite heart, second row, first block.  I used up the last of my Vintage Modern pink on that block.  Although honestly, I love each one.  I love them so much I made two extra!

 I pieced the heart blocks in a day, one sewing day, which is probably more like an afternoon.

The hugs and kisses took longer, several days, but I enjoyed the process and time flew by.

I did change the pattern some, out of necessity, not out of a need to be different.  I didn't have enough aqua yardage to make all the hugs the same, so I made them scrappy instead.  Each block has the same hug and kisses fabric, but each block is different, if you know what I mean.

And here it is!

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 195
The pattern is Love You Most by Bonnie at Cotton Way
It finished at 72" x 72" (my favorite size)
I used an assortment of Bonnie and Camille fabric, no one family of fabric.
It has approximately 753 pieces.

I'm so happy I loosened up a little and pieced this top, a little spontaneity is a good thing. 

If you've not bought this pattern yet, give yourself a little Valentine's present and buy it today, you can make it anytime this year and be all set for Valentine's Day 2018. (click here for pattern)

I have a goal this year to not start a new project until I piece the backing and binding on the last one.  It's made me think about the binding and backing before I finish piecing the top.

Here's the fabric for the back,

it's by Riley Blake.  I figure after piecing a Valentine's Day quilt top why not finish it off with an over the top Valentine's Day feel backing.

And this is my binding fabric.

Bonnie and Camille basic.

I've not pieced either, but just having the fabric bought and in the house is an improvement over my past history, and I plan to piece both items today.

I hope you have a fun Valentine's Day, and if not a whole day of fun, at least a little fun, go buy your own flowers or candy if you have to, this day only comes once a year, why not enjoy it.

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