Meet guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Wendy Sheppard! Read on and don’t miss the book giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.
Hello to all McCall’s Quilting blog readers! I am Wendy Sheppard from Ivory Spring. It was a real joy and honor to have one of my quilts, Making Valentines, featured in McCall’s Quilting’s March/April 2015 issue.
Making Valentines is patterned in the March/April 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting; kits are available!
It’s about that time – the celebration of LOVE! I have constant reminders from my 6-year old daughter about the upcoming Valentine’s Day. I have enjoyed making different Valentines over the years.
And Making Valentines is inspired by the Valentines I have made with my daughter. I don’t know about you, but when I make my paper Valentines, I get tired after making 4 or 5 with the same look. Then I try to make changes just to spice things up a little, and that tends to make making 30 Valentines go a lot quicker. I have to say there’s just something about anything heart-shaped that makes one’s heart go afluttering.
Wendy’s Heart Block design finishes 8″ square
I set out to design a pieced Heart Block that is easy to construct so that the REALLY fun part would be picking out the fabrics for the different sections of the block for different final looks. The blocks are basically made up of flying geese units and rectangles.
I thought the fabrics in Lynette’s Anderson Hearts and Flowers collection for RJR Fabrics are perfect for mixing and matching in the Valentine’s Blocks. I am in love with the rusty red and gray fabrics in the collection. I thought the colors give the usually bright Valentines a Scandinavian twist.
I quilted an allover swirl motif on the quilt to give the quilt a textured final look. Quilting is done with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.
You will notice that I kept my outer border simple because I want the blocks to shine! The versatility of the blocks allows different layouts — 3 block runner, pillows, just about anything that suits your fancy.
Wendy’s quilt design finishes 62 1/2″ x 73 1/2″
I hope you have enjoyed Making Valentines, and I hope you will have fun making the quilt. Thank you for stopping by, and thank you to McCall’s editorial staff for featuring Making Valentines.
Thanks so much, Wendy! We have a limited number of quilt kits available for Making Valentines. We are also giving away copies of Wendy’s new book, Recreating Antique Quilts (Landauer Publishing LLC, 2014), to 3 lucky readers.
Leave a comment below before February 14 telling us whether you’re making any Valentine quilt projects this year, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on February 14 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.
The contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winners: Brenda Hulsey of Calhoun, Kentucky; Ruth Rocker of Beavercreek, Ohio; and Peggy Terry of Cascade, Idaho. And THANK YOU to everyone who left a comment!