A Little Pixel Heart Quilt Finished for Nora
We have been working behind the scenes on a heart shaped quilt for a little girl named Nora who lost her mother earlier this year. Sue chose the Pixel Heart quilts tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman as a starting point. The size squares Elizabeth used were either too big or too small for our project. We slightly modified her pattern and used a 3.5″ square which finished at a 3″ block.
Making a Pixel Heart
This process was a lot like making the t-shirt quilt for our friend, Pat. We received two boxes of clothes that the mom had worn. Sue washed and dried all of them, and then set about sorting. Some of the pieces were crocheted or had sequins and would not be appropriate for a quilt. Once she had a stack of items that would be used, she set about cutting them apart. That is always a difficult time for us as you are at the point of no return. Here is a shot of one piece being cut along the seams. From here Sue started adding the interfacing.
Using a Pixel Layout
Since most of the fabrics were stretchy, we used the same interfacing that we did for the t-shirt quilt. It’s by June Tailor, and it does a great job of keeping the fabrics from stretching. Sue added the interfacing to the reverse side of the pieces, and then cut smaller 3.5″ squares. While we didn’t match our size blocks to Elizabeth’s tutorial, we did use her basic layout. The heart itself is 17 squares wide by 14 rows, which would equate to approximately 51″ x 42″. Maybe we should add a thinner border on each side and a thicker one to the top and bottom? Here is the initial layout on our design wall.
Pixel Next Steps
Once the quilt top was together, we decided that it definitely did need some additional borders. Once those were added, we layered it up with a pretty purple backing. Many of the clothes were in different shades of purple, so we thought that would be a good choice. Also, it is often a color that may be more for a girl than boy. Lastly, it is a deep, rich jewel tone that most people – and hopefully one special little girl – would love. Here is the backing laying next to several of the pixel squares. The quilting design was to be orange peel – don’t you think this is just begging for that design to be used on it?!
A little fun thread that we picked up at an estate sale earlier this summer matched the backing perfectly. It only cost .35 cents when it was purchased. Of course we didn’t have quite enough to finish the quilting! Luckily Coats makes a very similar color today. It no longer costs .35 cents, even when it is on sale at 50% off.
Pixel Quilt Love
The best laid plans do not often work out. When I decided on the orange peel quilting design, I didn’t take into account the much thicker layers of clothing. Most blocks were fairly thick with an occasional thinner one interspersed. After three sides of one square were quilted, that plan had to be aborted. I had the FMQ foot at its highest level and the fabric still could not move freely. Plan B was implemented, using the walking foot and a diagonal crosshatch design. Yes, our favorite and most often used, it is a worthy fallback design!
We hope that Nora enjoys this quilt and feels all the love her mother would want her to have. Lots of love was stitched into it, along with prayers for her and her future. We hope she can look upon this heart and see pieces of memories that she shared with her mom. If that makes her heart happy and brings a smile to her face, we will have done our job.
By the way, this is what my bobbin holder looked like when I was finished quilting. I didn’t think I needed to clean out any lint (I usually do every two bobbin changes). Good thing I did clean it out though, huh?! Even the feed dogs had purple lint stacked up in them. I love my Q-tips! ~smile~
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