Each of the blocks in The Splendid Sampler have a story behind the design. I hope you get the chance to read each of the stories on the top of each block pattern ;) Quilts are so special because they have the ability to wrap someone in Love!! My block is a representation of the 6 people in my life that I always want to wrap up in Lots of Love. The large heart is for my sweetheart, Jacob, and the smaller hearts are for each of my wonderful children, Spencer, Jessica, Kristian, Kamryn, and Jocelyn.
It is my hope that while you work on your own Lots of Love block, you will think of those special someone's that you want to wrap in Lots of Love as well ;) You can find the free downloadable pattern for the Lots of Love Block at The Splendid Sampler page, right here :)
So now, let me share with you a few tidbits on how to make this block a little easier to piece ;)
First off, when working with small pieces, it is always helpful to starch your fabrics before cutting them. I just use an inexpensive starch and a high heat setting on my iron. It only takes a few seconds but will really help to keep your fabrics from stretching once you start piecing them on the angle.
If you feel confident with your piecing, you can do two steps of the pattern at one time ;) Both the inner small square and the large square can be stitched on without having to stop and press in the middle. On the smaller 2" hearts, your squares will be touching but not overlapping, so you can still stitch both without having to cut and press in between.
When adding your outside small square, double check that it is overlapping the already sewn square by 1/4". If it isn't, adjust slightly trying to balance the underage or overage between the overlap and the edge. This will allow you to get those nice perfect points down the line.
When sewing the two halves of the heart together, it is best to take the extra second and pin the seams in place. They will be aligned right on top of one another, so if it isn't pinned, the bulk can easily shift under your presser foot. Press the seam of the center heart open to help avoid bulk and give you reference for sewing your points when putting the block together.
When putting the block together, align and pin each of your seams first. Then go back and pin the edges. Finally, when sewing your seam, be sure to stitch directly through the center of the X created at each of the points of the hearts, even if that means not stitching a perfect 1/4" seam. You will see the X in your previous stitching, and stitching right through the center of it will give you those beautiful perfect points ;)
Finally, and this is optional, If the waste of trimming bothers you in this block, you can always turn those trimmed bits into bonus Half Square Triangles. You can either sew an extra seam 1/2" away from your first seam and then cut (on the dotted line) between the two seams or, once you have trimmed your blocks, simply sew a 1/4" seam along the trimmed triangles. Both way will give you lots of fun bonus HST blocks ;)
LOTS OF LOVE BLOCK
And just like that, you will have a beautiful Lots of Love Block!!!!
Of course, I had to make another block for my own version of The Splendid Sampler :) I am doing my blocks in monochromatic layouts and if you have been around here for any time, you will know that Purple is my favorite color, so of course, I had to make this Lots of Love Block in purple ;)
And I tell you, once you start making these hearts, you won't want to stop . . .so maybe, you will have a special someone to wrap in Lots of Love with a Bonus Lots of Love Mini!!!
This Mini was a special Valentines gift for my wonderful Mother In Law, Barbara. Barbara and I live 2 doors apart and we love to quilt together. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't have a few minutes to talk about what we are working on, upcoming projects, fabric choices, ect, ect. ect ;)
So as I mentioned earlier, my block represents my family. Well this Mini represent's Barbara's family ;) The two large hearts are for her and her husband (grandma and grandpa) and the 12 medium hearts represent their 6 children and their spouses, and you guessed it. The 24 little hearts represent her 23 grandchildren plus one on it's way ;) It is a very special representation of everyone Barbara want to wrap in love ;)
And if you are feeling like you want to tackle your own Lots of Love Mini, here is the fabric calculations for the hearts ranging from 2" finished up to 10" finished ;)
And if you make a Lots of Love Mini, I would love to see it!!! You can email me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org or add it to my Flickr Group here. I can't wait to see your amazing mini's!!!
And just for fun, here are my blocks for the Splendid Sampler so far!!! I am so looking forward to working on this project throughout the year and can't wait to see everyone's fantastic blocks!!!
I am so very excited to see everyone's Lots of Love Blocks!!!! Just think of all the people that are going to be wrapped in Love today :)
Thanks for popping in today and I hope that you have a very Happy (and Splendid) Quilting Day!!!