Groove is in the Heart


Welcome to my stop on the "Hearts on Fire" blog hop. 

It's my first blog hop of the year, so I thought it was a good time to crack open a new F8 bundle which had been sitting on my shelf for a couple of years.

The blog hop, hosted by Just Let Me Quilt, inspired us to create a project with a heart and the only rule was that the hearts couldn't be the traditional red colour.

I had a look around Pinterest and saw a funky wall quilt with appliqued hearts of all different shapes and sizes. I really liked the look but decided that I'd make mine into a great big cushion as it's more practical. 




With this varied sized heart idea in mind, I fused heat n bond to the back of some fabric, folded it in half and drew my half-heart shape. Cut it out. Then thought, I could layer some hearts, so refolded that piece, drew another smaller half heart from the fold outwards and cut that out. Two hearts, for the price of one!

I then went ahead and cut background squares so give me an idea of the size of hearts I'd need. The big ones are 8.5" and the smaller ones are 4.5" which are perfect for a fat eighth. 

Some hearts are layered and some have the cutout shape from the middle. I machine appliqued them to the background with black thread which I think helps define them a little better too.

I added a thin outside border and then sandwiched and quilted in the  ditch. I didn't have a large enough insert, so I made one.


I had a 2 pack of the cheap pillows from Kmart (I think they're $4-$5 for 2) and opened them up and removed all of the polyfill. I then cut the seams of the two cases, measured and squared them up and sewed, refilled and closed it up to end up with a 24" pillow insert. 

This cushion is backed with a 1/2 metre piece that I had in my stash since the beginning of my quilting journey.



For more heart-felt projects, go and visit the other participants in the "Hearts of Fire" blog hop all listed below.


36 comments

Scrapatches said...

I love it! The fabrics and design are so bright and happy. I have some of that fabric in my stash. I may have to make my own version of this. Using the cheap pillows polyfil and making your own pillow forms is a great idea. Thanks for sharing in the hop ... :) Pat

Anita said...

Oh, this pillow...I want it! It is so vibrant and lovely with all the colorful hearts. Thanks for sharing.

Karen's Korner said...

I can just imagine snuggling up with that happy and vibrant cushion.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

What a groovy and gorgeous pillow!

Stitchin At Home said...

Happy and bright pillow! Love it!

Carla said...

Adorable! It's such a nice big cushion and you can't help to smile when you look at it. Love it!

Susan said...

Someone looks happy to have the pillow! That's a bright cheerful array of hearts, and a great use of what you have on hand.

Emily said...

I love all the bright colors and the layers of hearts! Such a happy project!

Libby said...

Love it, love it.....beautifully done..Brightened up my morning !
Thanks for sharing !!!!

Calicojoan said...

How fun is that big cushion. So bright and cheery. What a great idea to combine 2 pillows to make the size you needed. That's shear genius!

Unknown said...

Love the design and the fabrics you used. Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com

Vasudha said...

Love your pillow. Great idea to combine old floppy pillows into one big fluffy one. I have to try that. I love the bright floral fabrics you've used and how well you've contrasted them with the hearts.

Quilting Gail said...

That's a beautiful heart cushion! Nice and cheerful!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That is so cute and happy! Looks like it was very fun to make!

Carol S. said...

Oh my gosh, this pillow really rocks the no-red challenge...I love it! The fabrics and heart combo turned this into a real treasure. Remaking those cheap pillows into a big one is a fabulous idea. Thank you for sharing, Anorina! xo

Sharon said...

What a fun, cheery pillow! Thanks for sharing.

tink's mom said...

Love the variety of the individual blocks, the hearts and the fabric choices. Great job.

Karrin Hurd said...

Beautiful heart cushion, and great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Anorina, th is is just the cutest heart cushion! I love the variety of sizes and your bright colors! Thanks for sharing!

LJ said...

Your use of these fabrics into this pillow is outstanding. Definitely, the black stitching makes the hearts more noticeable.

kiwikid said...

Beautiful cushion so bright and cuddly.

tubakk said...

I love your big and beautiful pillow.

Rebecca Smith said...

So bright and cheerful!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Super cute pillow!!! SEW perfect for the Hop, too.

Carol said...

I love your pillow! So bright and cheery with an easy and clever design! Thanks for sharing!

beaquilter said...

this pillow is awesome!!

For the love of geese said...

Such a cheerful finish.

Quiltsmiles said...

It's a delightful pillow and looks like your daughter claimed it already the way she's hugging it.

thatfabricfeeling.wordpress.com said...

That pillow is so lovely, cheerful and a generous size to boot!! Well done and I need to use up some old pillow fillings too, you have given me a great idea!!

Danice G said...

What a colorful and pretty pillow! One can never have enough pillows, can we? Yours is a winner for sure.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Wow that is an awesome pillow! The fabrics are great.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the bright and cheery fabrics! This would be fun to play with my granddaughter for a bit of sewing. Thank You for sharing.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What a great colorful pillow! This will just brighten up any part of your house!!

Raewyn said...

Your cushion is gorgeous!! It's interesting to read how the idea grew. I like that it's nice and big - so useable!

Zenia Rene said...

Bravo! Every single thing about your cushion is perfection Anorina! Congrats! And now I can't get that song out of my head. =)

Shah Sazib said...

This fabric and quilt looks good! Anyway, I found another fabric store which is Broadway Fabrics.