Big smiles today. My Valentine's wall-hanging is finished and hanging on the wall as we speak. It's always a relief when something you think in your mind is going to be pretty...actually is pretty once it's all said and done. I used two old sheets when making this...The white background fabric was a percale sheet. Let me tell you a little something about percale...it has the same number of threads going up and down as it does side to side...you know what this means...no stretch. So, if your quilting needs a little....we'll call it...easing...once in a while, like mine might...then stretch is a big deal.
I will say that I am so happy with how the appearance of this turned out. On every single one of those half square triangles I used a piece that was red or pink (mostly) and the other half was from another sheet that was a cream color with pretty roses on it (not percale). This is the perfect meshing of patterns. I love patterned fabric...but even I can admit that sometimes too many patterns can make your eyes go crazy...so a solid every now and again makes things so much nicer. I was using the cream floral as my solid...what, it's totally a solid. Look, if these fabrics are neutrals...then those are solids. HAHA! The reason this is good, is because it gives the eyes a place to rest for a minute to regroup from the madness of the other prints. You do not become overwhelmed by just a ton of wild fabric.
It is hanging in my living room proclaiming for the entire world...Danni of Silo Hill Farm, that even I...have at least ONE Valentines piece for my house. And yes...that is all I have..unless you count that pillow in the corner there...that is the first half of a Valentine's duo of pillows....the o's. The x's are somewhere on a piece of paper getting envisioned...
But, my house is grateful. It feels like it's almost one of the cool houses on the block...finally! It's like when all the cool kids in school were wearing Guess and Girbaud Jeans...and you got Chic jeans from Shopco...and then...all of a sudden one Christmas, your Mom...I mean Santa...buys you some off-season, clearance item, white Girbaud shorts. Oh yes...now who's the cool kid.
Terrible shot of my binding here, but I chose to go with a light binding. I didn't want to distract attention away from the fun heart.
The back. I have always enjoyed putting a little whimsy on the back of my quilts. Whether it's just pairing completely unexpected fabrics or if it's doing a little something like this with some of the scraps I have left over. Make your backs fun...but cheap! I do not believe in breaking the bank for the back.
Once Valentine's is over, this is going in My Youngest's bedroom...until next Valentine's when I will steal it from her again. She loves pink and red. Although, if you notice the very bottom half square triangle at the furthest tip...she told me I'd done it wrong...but she still liked it. Gee...thanks. I guess I could have put a solid square there...but chose not to. Live and learn.
Thanks for reading!