Sunday, March 3, 2019

❤️ Be My Valentine ❤️

We are well past Valentine's Day, but hearts are a classic symbol of love no matter the time of year. Let me introduce you to Be My Valentine Heart Mug Rug:

I made this heart for my dear friend, Paula, who is fighting ovarian cancer. Paula is a talented knitter and quilter and has been faithfully podcasting, plus hosting knitting retreats, for 8 years as Knitting Pipeline. You can find her podcast on iTunes and her videos on YouTube
I made the patchwork piece by strip piecing, just big enough to cut out the heart:


The front side, after quilting--each heart has nearly 200 1/2" finished squares:

On turning over, I discovered I managed to quilt a "bridge" into the backing!?! Snip, snip...

After making one successfully, I had enough 1" strips left over to make two more. 
I love how the rickrack adds a lacy look to the hearts!

One now resides at Paula's house. You can see her "joy wall" with cards and many knit, crocheted and stitched hearts on her Caring Bridge site. The heart I made hadn't arrived when she took the photo, but there are many others to admire. 
My mom has a heart on her wall, and here's one hanging by our calendar:

Grace & peace!!! ~Nancy  

Linking up with Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework, Love Laugh Quilt, Em's Scrapbag, Pretty Piney, Cooking Up QuiltsFreemotion By the River, The Inquiring Quilter.

18 comments:

  1. Those are amazing! What a sweet gift for your friend and your mom, too!

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  2. These are lovely! I will have to remember these when I need a cute gift for a friend. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  3. This is such a special gift. Thank you for sharing. x

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  4. How beautifully your hearts turned out!!! I can’t believe how tiny the little squares are and you did an amazing job! I appreciate the shout out for my pattern and am so happy to know it is being used to bring cheer and love to others.

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  5. So pretty! I'm sure your dear friend loves her special gift :)

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  6. These are so pretty and cute! I'm sure a cheerful hug for her. What a kind thing to do.

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  7. Your kindness shows in your 💓. I love the added Ric rac detail.

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  8. It will be my next leader and ender project. Thanks so much for posting. Good thoughts to your friend.

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  9. A work of love for sure with those little tiny pieces. And, brilliant to make several at the same time.

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  10. What a great way to love on your friend! Sweet fabric heart :-)

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  11. These are really wonderful Thanks for sharing them.

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  12. These are so adorable! What a wonderful gift to make.

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  13. Those sweetheart mug rugs are amazing! I wish you had shown the back side of the finished piece, though. I adore the ricrac edging and I'm trying to figure out how you applied it. Did you sew it to the edges like a piping/welt between the quilted front and backing fabric and then turn it to the back side? Or did you stitch it to the edges and then apply a felt backing or something like that? I really like the way it adds a dainty scallop to the edges of your hearts, like those little paper doily hearts we used to make Valentines when we were little. :-)

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  14. So glad to have found you, Nancy! I love this mug rug and a really sweet gift for your friend. I am also a knitter so I'll have to check out her podcast.

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  15. A lovely gift for a special friend. Amazing to see those tiny squares.

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  16. Wow, I love these! What a great gift to let someone know you are thinking of them. I love the rick rack, it's a perfect finishing touch.

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  17. Such a beautiful gift! Love, love that rickrack around the edge. I'm sure it has warmed your friend's heart with love and caring. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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