Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Hearts

February 's Across The Pond Sew Along Project

See what we have made in ATPSA
It is still winter here, but I love seeing the  bright pink and red decorations that  will be popping out all around us this month.   The decorations just make me  feel warmer, even if there is still snow on the ground!

February's Theme for the Across The Pond Sew Along  -    Hearts    
That can encompass a lot of ideas and projects, can't it?!!  And "melt" a lot of snow !

First Project:  A Valentine Hearts  Pillow

I wanted to make a pillow with appliqued hearts and incorporate some tiny pink organza flowers in some way....  I  decided upon a merger of The Valentine Hearts Mug Rug pattern and the Simply Striped Accent Pillow pattern.

 inspiration-  The Valentine Hearts Mug Rug  pattern  by The Patchsmith  {here}

Valentine's Hearts Mug Rug pattern  by The Patchsmith

I  printed out the applique hearts on paper, and then resized the pattern:   when copying it -  reduced  it to 60 % -  by using the copy options .

Then I made a pillow, by using this new  pattern designed  by me,  Susie's Sunroom:

                  The Simply Striped Accent Pillow  available on Craftsy   {here}

Simply Striped Accent Pillow  #SS05   
Making the pillow-

-Turn the pillow 90 degrees to create a horizontal stripe

-Make two sets of the reduced- size applique' hearts

- Sew the hearts on to the middle accent strip of the pillow , according to The Patchsmith's pattern instructions 

- Add three little fabric flowers to the middle, with a few crystal beads for flower center embellishment   ( I got the flowers at JoAnn fabrics)

- Add some simple horizontal quilt lines to the front

-Make  the  envelope style pillow back  ( according to my pattern instructions)

 -Stuff the pillow with a 14 inch square pillow form, so it's nice and plump

My Valentine Hearts pillow      made by Susie's Sunroom
I just love how easy it is to adapt a Patchsmith applique pattern !!

Second  project:    A Fabric Heart Wreath

              inspiration-  Coat Hanger Rag Wreath       by Claire at Rustic Pig Designs
I used 3 different   fabrics 

         I like the look of the fabric strips...     This heart shaped frame was purchased at a local JoAnn Fabric shop.  It has 3 rows to attach the fabric strips to. 
 I made the fabric strips 1 inch x 7 inches.  I love the fullness of it.

Fabric Heart Wreath 

Third "heart" project:    Valentine Lips Mug Rug   

Aren't these paper pieced  lips so fun and cute!!   ...
     Ok, I know they aren't technically a heart... but a kiss  comes from the  heart, right?
(See , aren't we  easy to get along with in our Across The Pond  group?!!  )

                              Valentine  Lips Mug Rug    by Janeen  @ Quilt Art Designs
                from the Issue 4  "Paper Piecing 1/4 "   " digital magazine  (available here)

I went  "all out" and used my Hot Pink Cheetah fabric for the lips!!
This pattern can be made into a mug rug.  That was my plan.

Until I began to feel the tiniest bit guilty,  and thought I should add at least  one little heart to the project.   I remembered  the small paper pieced hearts found in my book by Carol Doak. 

 See how cute they look.

Little 3- inch paper pieced hearts    pattern by Carol Doak

And then , look how fun they look next to Janeen's  Valentines Lips  pattern!!

Hearts and Valentines Lips    made by Susie's Sunroom

I'll be finishing this project up this week.   <3 <3

I looked back last year, and found a few  more Heart patterns to share with you ....

The Hugs And Kisses  pattern - I made the heart into a pincushion  (blogged here)
                            Design by Soma  @ Whims and Fancies  (here)

A paper pieced heart pincushion      

And...last year ,  I also made a Valentine's Table Runner using Soma's heart design-  (go to blog)

Would you "love" to see more heart projects?   You can simply hop on over to The Patchsmith blog and see what Amanda has been making! 

And, we'd love for you to make something along with us, and add it to our ATPSA Flickr Group  { here

May you be able to sew to your heart's content this February!

I am linking up at:   Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict   and
                               Paper Piecing Party @ Quilt Art Designs  and
                                Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabrics Studio  and
                               Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts
I'm off to my sewing room!

Pattern provided by QAD Publishing


  1. You get a 'whoop whoop' from me - three wonderful projects - all showcasing different skills. Love your Striped Accent Pillow - with and without the hearts. Such a great idea - can't wait to make my own.

  2. Hi Susie, WOW! your projects are Amazing! I just love that little pin cushion with heart. Great fabrics all round. The snow makes such a great background for showing off a piece.
    No such luck here.

  3. So many sweet hearts projects Susie! I love them all! The wreath is a brilliant idea. The lips crack me up - where in the world did you find tiny leopard print in pink? Love your heart version of Simply Striped and the table runner from last year too!

  4. I love this month's theme! You have so many great ideas to get us inspired, too. Those Valentine lips are amazing!

  5. This is such a great theme! Your wreath came out so cute! I started with 7 then trimmed but still not done. I absolutely love your heart accent pillow, those rosettes!! Just lovely... I hope to join the fun!

  6. i too love the pink and red Valentine decorations!!! you have made so many pretty projects I can't pick a favorite!! i love the rag wreath and am going to have to see if i can find the wire thingy at JoAnn's but i am afraid all of the Valentine's stuff is gone :(. The table runner is beautiful; i love the design as well as the quilting!!!

  7. So many lovely Valentine's Day finishes. Amazing! Is it just me or do you also think Valentine's Day pink and red look lovely on wintry white?! Your projects from my heart pattern are amongst some of my favourites, thanks for showing them again :)


  8. Oh my gosh, Susie! That pillow is genius! And the heart wreath is beautiful..and the lips.....everything on here is so beautiful!! I'm hoping to get some heart sewing in this month to join along. Wish me luck! :)


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