sew: my watercolour heart

I’ve been indulging in my Pinterest addiction a LOT recently and am really drawn to the beautiful watercolour quilts, so much so that I’m utterly inspired to make my own. 

Rather than buy a pattern or a pre-cut pack, I thought it would be more fun to design one myself, using the images I’ve found for guidance. 

I particularly love the heart designs – above are my top three: The one on the left – my favourite – is by Shirley Forster and the quilt in the centre is by Denise Cargill. They can be found on The Quilt Show website. The third was on Etsy.

I used my Creative Grids pad to map out the design. I’ve used one quarter inch square for each patch. I’m yet to decide the dimensions of the individual patchwork pieces; this will depend on my fabric selection and whether the prints are small and intricate, or if I use a larger print so that each patch is one fussy cut flower. Sketching the design involved a lot of trial and error – thank goodness for tippex! – and I strongly suspect that once I start cutting fabric it will alter further.


Now that I have my design, time for my favourite part, choosing the fabrics. At the moment I’m leaning strongly towards using solely Liberty Tana Lawn prints – just because they are all SO beautiful and I love them! Liberty prints lend themselves to colour graded designs so I think they could be a good choice for my first watercolour quilt. I’ll need to use a mixture of tight prints and loose florals to achieve the soft edges of the heart.


So, I’m pretty much ready to start – very exciting. I usually quilt using the english paper piecing method but I plan to make this one by machine. In the evenings, when I don’t fancy sitting at my sewing machine, my mama had the awesome idea that I could also use the design as an embroidery pattern. So I plan to hand embroider a cushion to compliment the quilt. I better get going, I have lots to do! 

All this talk of hearts is putting me in the mood for Saint Valentines day! Stay tuned for my next post on lovely homemade Valentines treats, until then, happy sewing! 


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