Friday, May 16, 2014

A Quilt Top Finish and Anniversary Giveaway

Well I did it! I finished my "i heart you" quilt top. Now I know a quilt is not finished until the last stitch goes into the binding. I am going to show you the process it took to make this quilt and you will know why I am so excited. 

First I don't remember where exactly I saw the pattern at, it might have been on Pintrest. This pattern is by Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. You can buy the pattern in PDF format from her website HERE

This is what Vanessa's quilt looked like:



I really liked the look of her quilt when I first saw it.

Until I saw this one


I had this pinned on my Pintrest board Quilted with LOVE  You can see it on the website HERE. I read on the website that she used fabrics from Connecting Threads. So I ordered some charms from Connecting Threads and realized I didn't have enough so I ordered some stacks and cut them into charms. 


I printed Connecting Threads chart to see what colors I wanted to get.


I got them all cut into charms.


How in the world do I choose which ones to use....ugh!


Then you have to choose how many of each color to use.


Then you have to trim, trim, trim them down.
(I was sharing a lot on Instagram) 


The next few pictures are of me trying to sew this quilt together. I had to iron all the seems open to reduce the bulk of the quilt.






This is the top of the heart. The left is all put together and the right is just laid out.


Now today I finished the quilt and was able to take some pictures this afternoon.


I only took two pictures inside. I just like the look of the pictures outside better.




The natural light looks so much better.








It was a very windy day here for some reason.

So that is the finished quilt top. I made the wall hanging quilt. Well almost, the wall hanging has 6.5 inch boarders but mine has 2.5 inch boarders. I needed it to be small because of where I wanted to hang it. There is also a bed sized version on the pattern if you would like to make this for your bed.

Now I know you are wondering about the title of this post. The anniversary part anyway. Well this month will be my one year anniversary here on my blog. So I have decided to have a giveaway to celebrate! Yeah! Here is what I am giving away.



This is some of the half square triangles and charm squares I had left over.
There is actually going to be two winners. Yes I said TWO WINNERS!! Each winner will receive 8 half square triangles and 51 charm squares. Here's how you can win one of these sets.

Here are the rules:

First you must be a follower of my blog. (after all this is to celebrate my one year anniversary on this blog) Don't worry if your not a follower you can become one right now! Welcome! :) 

This is open to Continental U.S. Residents only. Sorry Alaska, Hawaii and over seas guests. (shipping cost are horribly high)   

This Giveaway will run for one week. From May 16 to May 23 
I will pick a winner on the 23rd

Now how to enter:

Leave a comment on this post and tell me,
How you follow my blog. (i.e. Google+, Feedly, Bloglovin, Feedspot, ect.)
and tell me what you think you might do with your half square triangles and charm squares if you win. (don't worry I won't hold ya to what ever you write here LOL)

Please ONLY comment one time. (I do this the old school way of drawing a number, so I have to count how many entries I have) Hey...I'm being optimistic that a lot of people read my blog. A girl can hope...right?!  

If you forget something you wanted to say just shoot me an email. flquiltershell (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.

Linking up with:
Giveaway Round up @ Missouri Mel
Finish it Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I get a Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Show off Saturday @ Sew Can She
Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times
Anything Goes Monday @ Stitch By Stitch
Show and Tell Tuesday @ I Have to Say
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion By the River
Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story
Work In Progress Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Really Random Thursday @ Live a Colorful Life


Hugs and best stitches to you,

a.k.a. Mrs. Sew & Sew











51 comments:

  1. Hello Michelle,
    Thank you for sharing your journey with this quilt with all of us. I love it! I follow you on Google and would love to win the half square triangles and charm squares. I would probably add them to the stash I have started for a future quilt. The quilt will be a king size quilt made of Hexies with no two colors alike. I have been saving fabrics for years, and will hope to have enough within the next few years.

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    1. Wow a King Size Hexie quilt! You are brave! Good Luck with your fabric collecting and in the giveaway. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.

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  2. Wow - what depth, color and movement your heart has. I love it! I always like to read how a quilt is created. Thanks for sharing. I'm now a follower, but don't include me in the giveaway - my stash is about to bury me -lol.

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  3. Congratulations on your anniversary. These are lovely and I enjoyed your tale of making the heart quilt. The outside pictures do look much better, I wonder why? These would make a lovely patchwork tote bag. I have been wanting to make one for awhile, but keep getting sidetracked. I follow on gfc.

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  4. Congratulations! I would use the pieces in a free motion sampler quilt. Following on Bloglovin. Very pretty heart quilt. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  5. Hello and congratulations! I found your blog today for the first time and was drawn in by that beautiful heart quilt, because the colors and half triangles make it look like it's built of jagged shards of stained glass -- it's just gorgeous! I signed up to follow via bloglovin. If I win I will use them in a star sampler quilt I'm making for my daughter with a dark background and bright colored stars. I am also a follower of Jesus Christ, and appreciate what you wrote in your introduction. sarah@forrussia.org

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  6. I liked the original heart quilt, but I love yours. It is so bright and happy. We have a friend who is facing a bone marrow transplant in the next few weeks and that looks like the perfect quilt to make. I would use your fabrics as a starting point for that quilt. Thanks so much for sharing and for the fantastic giveaway. I am a follower. Just sent you an email stating this but when I came back my comment hadn't been published yet.

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  7. That heart quilt is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! First time visitor and now a follower on Feedly! I also shared your giveaway on my blog's Facebook page.

    I'd either turn all the remaining charms into HST to make a little HST wall hanging or cut charms of my Essex linen and then make a HST wall hanging.

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  8. Your heart quilt is great. I follow your blog with bloglovin. I have been wanting to make a mini quilt and might use them in that. Congrats on your anniversary.

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  9. I follow via blog lovin
    I have made a pixelated heart quilt in pink so when I saw the V and co quilt pattern, I didn't think I would make. But when I see your brightly multi colored one I want to win those squares, buy some more and the pattern and make it

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    1. That sounds great good luck in the giveaway! Thanks for reading my blog.

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  10. Hi, Michelle, I just wanted to say I love your fabric selections! Maybe it's just me, but I really like this so much better than the original all pink one. All those bright colors really pop! I also like that the pattern appears kind of "random" in terms of which direction the triangles face. Congratulations!

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    1. Sara, I hope the pattern is random I didn't read anything that said they had to be turned a certain way. If they were supposed to be turned all the same way.... oops! Wouldn't be the first time I didn't follow a pattern to the letter.

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  11. I really like your quilt!! There is no way I could have put together that many HST, with all the trimming and such. It would take me years to get through it. :) I follow on bloglovin.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  12. I'm not entering the giveaway, I live overseas and plan on having a big solids charm giveaway in June, but I wanted to share the tutorial I used to make the comments have numbers so you don't have to count, but I also see you comment here too, do you get your comments in your e-mail? http://www.sewathomemummy.com/2013/01/tips-tricks-tuesdays-rachel-sew-happily.html
    Beautiful quilt top!

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  13. Love the quilt and I really like it better with lots of color. In some of the outside pictures it looks like a stained glass window. I think I would use the HSTs and charm squares to make a table runner.
    I follow via bloglovin.

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  14. I saw this quilt on V and Co and really liked it in pink; however, you've taken it up a notch with your multicolored version. Absolutely beautiful!!! If I would win some HSTs I would follow your lead and make this quilt. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank You for stopping by and reading my blog. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  15. No giveaway entry for me- just wanted to say I adorable the colorful version. Yours is beautiful!

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  16. I follow you on Google. I just signed up for your newsletter too!!! I think your heart quilt is GORGEOUS!!!! I admire your patience and skill!

    If I won, I would make a quilt for my grandson for his new "car" bed (he just got out of his crib and got a bed shaped like a racing car) I would put "car" blocks throughout the quilt, so it would be "especially his"

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

    Thanks for the opportunity and the great giveaway

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    1. Thanks so much. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  17. Hi Michelle!
    Your heart quilt is just gorgeous, I love it! The pictures in the sun almost make it look like stained glass... so pretty!

    I am a follower on Google+ and on BlogLovin. If I won, I would use the half square triangles and charm squares on a pixel quilt I'm just getting ready to start.

    Is it ok if I share info about your giveaway on the podcast?

    Happy one year anniversary!
    Laura - SewingMomPodcast.com

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  18. "Lovely" quilt. I really like the bright colors. The leftovers would be great for a pillow. I follow you via bloglovin'

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  19. Hi, I love your quilt. I want to make a lap quilt for my mom. She will be 60 and I think this quilt will be perfect gift for her. Btw, I follow you by pinterest. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  20. Congrats on your one year anniversary. I love following your blog. Thanks for an opportunity to win your giveaway. I am making a similar heart quilt in scrappy pinks for my cousin's granddaughter. Love your multi-colored fabric choices. Great quilt!!!
    Cookie in Mandeville, Louisiana
    lbcookie1@gmail.com

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    1. Thank You, and thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway.

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  21. First, I'm a new follower on Bloglovin. Second, I saw scrappy heart quilt and fell in love with it. I do have tons of scraps and what a beautiful quilt this would be to use some of them. And May 16 is my Dad's 95th birthday, so who better to make such a beautiful quilt for? And, my husband and I also ride a motorcycle, but his is a Honda Gold Wing, and we have ridden in some cooold weather!
    Susan in PA
    susie.galasso@gmail.com

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  22. Happy anniversary! I'm a new follower on Bloglovin. Thanks so much for the detailed story of your quilt. Those are my favorite kinds of blog posts to read. And the finished quit top is gorgeous! I would use these charms in baby quilts. I've only recently discovered the beauty of solids. They really make a quilt pop! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Happy 1 year!!! Wooohooo!!! LOVE your Quilt!! I would make a quilt with Heart Blocks too...my daughter sent a pic on my phone...that she is just starting..and I GOTTA make one too...Baby Sized for soon to come Granbaby!! :)

    I'm already a Follower thru Bloglovin :)

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  24. Congrats on your Anniversary and a quilt finish. This would be a great project for all those corners I cut off.

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  25. This is heavenly. I want to make one too!

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  26. Congratulations on your one year blogiversary. I love your heart quilt! What's not to like when you use so many bright, happy colors. I would use the fabric to make a HST heart baby quilt. I'm a new follower via Google Friends Connect and look forward to seeing more of your creations. I found your blog on Stitch by Stitch: Anything Goes Mondays.

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  27. Beautiful quilt. It looks like stained glass in your outdoor shots.

    Congratulations on your one year blogiversary!

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  28. I love this quilt!! Very pretty. I follow your blog on bloglovin and I am an avid Instagram user so I will look you up there. I am planning on making mini quilts this summer so a variety of solids would be perfect to win!!! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to read my blog Welcome! By all means look me up on IG I hope to see you there! Good luck in the giveaway.

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  29. Congratulation!! I follow on bloglovin. Your quilted star is so beautiful.

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  30. Your quilt top really caught my attention. The original version is lovely, but I enjoy your colorful rendition. I love the stained glass effect going on in your outdoor pictures.

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  31. I LOVE your quilt! I'm kind of afraid of HSTs, especially THAT MANY of them. I may need to conquer my fear. :-) I've promised two quilts for donation to hospitals and need to get some bright, cheerful colors... If I were to win your drawing I think I'd like to use the charms to make a wall hanging quilt, maybe using my twister tool I haven't tried out yet! (following you on bloglovin)

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  32. No entry for me but I love your quilt and it's given me the idea of what I can do with a pile of HST I have squared up from another project...thankyou for sharing :)

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  33. Happy Blogversary! I am making a scrappy 4 patch quilt and would love the fabric. I love the heart quilt! Bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender.

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  34. Just began following you, I love your quilt, its beautiful! Looking forward to all you have to say, may take a while for me to catch up, lol
    barb2658@gmail.com

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  35. Followed on bloglovin

    Your quilt is very pretty; I like how it looks like a stained glass window when it's in the natural light.

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  36. Congrats on your blogiversary! I am following you on Bloglovin :) I'm taking a modern quilting sampler class at Spoonflower taught by Michelle at Factotum of Arts. There are a number of HSTs in the sampler so I think I would use these for that project! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  37. I like that. I think I'll make it for a person from work getting married this summer.

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  38. Follower on bloglovin. The finished quilt is beautiful. If the winner I would use these in a flock of geese quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Following you on Google+... Found your blog through the linky at SewCanShe (yours was my favorite pic!)... Still new to the quilting blogsphere, but really enjoying the content that I find. What would I do with the HSTs and the charm squares? Attempt my own V&Co heart quilt, of course! I'm not a big fan of hearts on anything, though. Maybe I can change it up to a big pinwheel? I <3 pinwheels!

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  40. I follow via Bloglovin. I think I might like to make this very same pattern ...... only in a mini! (I wouldn't have the patience for that big one I dont think!)

    Lovely!!

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  41. Pretty, pretty, pretty and Happy one year anniversary blogging, Michelle!

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  42. First, I want to say I'm a fellow sister in Christ and I really appreciate your boldness to proclaim your faith on your blog and honor God with the gift of creativity He's given you. Second, I'm a new email follower! Third, that's a WHOLE LOTTA HST!!!! Fourth, I think I might make a mini heart quilt like yours! It's just stunning! Have I been too wordy? :) PS. Happy Anniversary!

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  43. I'm an overseas visitor to your blog so cannot qualify for the giveaway but just wanted to comment on the beautiful heart quilt. It stood out on NTT. Mammoth task choosing the colours too. Well done!

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  44. What a beautiful quilt and I really like the colors you used! I follow you with GFC! Thanks for sharing at Linky Tuesday! Freemotion by the River

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