One of my projects for the 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge was started over the summer instead of at the beginning of the year like my other RSC projects. It is the hand-appliqued heart blocks that I have been making since July.
I always like to have some hand stitching ready to go, preferably something small and portable. I started making the heart blocks to take along as a travel project, and have continued making them sporadically since then. Here are most of the blocks I have made so far.
I've made blocks in medium-dark blue, teal and turquoise, orange, and light-bright green. The blocks are made from a 5" square of background fabric and a 3.5" square for the heart. After the applique is done, they will get trimmed down to 4.5" square.
I haven't been thinking much about how these blocks would get set together, but I knew I would want to add more color between the blocks. Then I found the perfect inspiration in an old blog post at Never Too Hot to Stitch.
I love the idea of framing the heart blocks with more color. Instead of using squares, I think I will use bricks cut 1.5" x 2.5". I discovered a good pile of green bricks in my precut scraps bin and decided to try it out on one block.
After adding the bricks around the heart, my block will finish at 6" square.
Now I can't decide what to do next--hand stitch hearts in more colors or start adding the brick frames to the blocks that are already done. This project will definitely carry over to 2022 for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.