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!

14 Responses

  1. WaggonsWest
    WaggonsWest March 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm | | Reply

    This is gorgeous!

  2. patricia
    patricia March 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm | | Reply

    I love everything about your quilt. Awesome.

  3. Holly
    Holly March 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm | | Reply

    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!

  4. Jean
    Jean March 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm | | Reply

    Love! The colours are wonderful, and it is so you!

  5. Darlene Barnes Rosner
    Darlene Barnes Rosner March 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm | | Reply

    Oh this is soooooo “Cynthia Frenette”!!! LOVE it.

  6. artfulife
    artfulife March 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm | | Reply

    Love it! So very cute!

  7. Eryn
    Eryn March 6, 2012 at 10:08 am | | Reply

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

  8. Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts March 6, 2012 at 11:25 am | | Reply

    This is great! Your lettering is awesome. Thanks for entering the Modern Mini Challenge and good luck!

  9. carolbrowne
    carolbrowne March 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm | | Reply

    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! :-)

  10. Dana
    Dana March 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | | Reply

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

  11. Darlene Barnes Rosner
    Darlene Barnes Rosner March 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm | | Reply

    Love it!!!

  12. Alisa
    Alisa March 7, 2012 at 8:42 am | | Reply

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

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