My modern *mini* heart

Edited Mar.7 to add: Wootwoot!! My quilt made it thru as a finalist! I am so honoured and excited!! Check it out and if you feel inclined to vote you can do so here! Yippee!!

follow your heart

This is my entry into the Modern Mini Challenge at Ellison Lane Quilts!

I was stumped for the longest time trying to figure out what to do for this challenge- should I try something new? Should I do improv? Should I make a mugrug or something really small? So many options but in the end, you can guess what I did! I went with my gut and ….. followed my heart. 

heart detail

 A detail of the heart and stitching. I even *quilted* the thing with *metallic* thread! I know right! Am I crazy? It must have been serendipity as the thread did not break once. It knew it had to get the job done. Dropping the top tension by one “tick” seemed to help too.

follow your heart

 So how I did it was I drew up the design and lettering- including my own handwriting- in Illustrator to size, then printed it out. I then pieced the big heart out of a million *mini* pieces and scraps of fabric. That part took an entire day. 

Here’s a tip- Best Press is a total dream for projects like this. It makes the fabric nice and flat and crisp, perfect to apply the lettering to! LOVE it!

Then I used plain black cotton and fusible web for the lettering, and applied it to the heart, and did a machine blanket stitch around all of the edges.

Then I quilted it all up, bound it with more black to frame it and huzzah!! All done! It measures just under 30″x30″- phew!

SO much fun, and true to form, following my heart was the best way to go. Yippee!! I think I see more of these mini style wordy quilts in my future!


  1. # 3 patricia

    I love everything about your quilt. Awesome.

  2. # 4

    I love this quilt! Wow, that’s a ton of bright scraps that you used to make the heart! I love how this quilt is so recognizable as a Cynthia creation – you have such a wonderfully distinctive style!

  3. # 8 Eryn

    I don’t doubt there’s a *million* pieces in there. Love it. You’re awesome.

  4. # 10

    This is beautiful. I love the black binding. If that took you one day to piece together, it would probably take me twice as long. This is good to know info like that because I always think, “that should take about 2 hours.” Uh. Not really. It takes all day! :-)

  5. # 11

    This is incredible!! I love the heart shape. I love the font. I love the colors. I love the patchwork. I’m inspired!

  6. # 12 cynthia f

    Thank you all soooo much!! I am so honoured to have made the top 11! :D

  7. # 14

    I love it! So vibrant and beautiful! Nice work, Cynthia.


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