It is still deep winter in the mountains in February, but I am usually in the mood to bring in some color. Seems like red and pink abound at this time of year, and that is what I am craving. Or is it chocolate covered cherries? Hmm, maybe both.
I like to change the wall hanging for the season, it is one of the few ways I can actually change things in this house, as there is only one way for the furniture to fit. I also will change the display items on the tables, and put out a few seasonal things to make the room just a bit different.
This wall hanging was so simple, just a simple heart pattern using half square triangles and squares.
I made four, and added some sashing and a border. I really liked the cream backgrounds, giving it an old world look, or maybe a bit Victorian. I did resist the temptation to cover it up with lace and bits of this and that. It is pretty enough in its simplicity.
I just love that rose print border! Wish I could find some more of that fabric, but you know how it is with quilting cottons, here today and gone tomorrow. Heaven only knows how long I have had it, and I am down to about a fat quarter.
Here’s another Valentine, a table topper. Maybe I should call this one, adventures in feathers. It is a very simple pattern, just three hearts easy to make. It is not an original design, but I made it last year, and now cannot locate the book or magazine it came from. If you recognize it, please leave a comment so I can give the designer credit.
I set it with a light background and used that same rose print for the border. Then I quilted it with feathers between the hearts. I intended to give this as a gift, but the quilting wasn’t great, and it has some loopies on the back. Still, on a table that won’t show, so I just use it myself.
I like to decorate with books too, and found a Valentine themed mystery to put on the table with it.
Update – I found it. One of these days I’ll put a picture of my quilting and crafting book collection here so you will know what a feat this is!! I don’t dare count the number of quilting books I own. The table topper design is called Hearts Afloat by Sandra L. Hatch published in the book Fat Quarter Quilts from House of White Birches.