Here’s My Heart

Layers of Love quilted pillow frontOr should I say “hearts”?

Publishing can be an odd profession. I’m always working well in advance of a holiday or event, and usually feeling like I’m a few months behind. Traditional print publishing schedules may mean I spend part of my summer sewing wool scarves or fashioning felt snowflakes for December deadlines. Right now, it’s cold and cloudy–barely thirty degrees with snow flurries–and I’m conjuring spring quilt designs up out of the pixels on my screen.

Online items tend to have tighter deadlines. While the rest of the world was finishing up their holiday shopping, I was sewing hearts. Valentine hearts. Sixty-eight hearts. I counted. Several times.

And I loved it.

Here's My Heart--close up of Layers of Love quilted pillow

Fabrics are Soho Solids from Timeless Treasures.

This Layers of Love pillow is a textural treat. AccuQuilt’s Queen of Hearts die (#55325) made cutting easy-peasy. I layered batting and fabric right on the die. The cut pieces tend to cling together, so alignment is a breeze. The batting-backed hearts are randomly arranged and raw-edge appliqued to a quilted backing, making this a pretty much a fuss-free project! (And it’s a great way to use up those odd bits of batting that are leftover after making a quilt!)

My favorite part? The single heart on the pillow back. (I guess that should be heart number 69.) I love how it kind of floats over the quilted grid. It gives me all sorts of ideas for other projects.

Layers of Love quilted pillow backWant to make your own Layers of Love pillow? Click on over to the AccuQuilt website. The pattern is free for a limited time!

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