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.
Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge every Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework and Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's Quilts on Sunday.
Julie in GA
I really like how the frame brings the heart to life. I would continue to do a heart a week and I would add frames to the blocks you have. I'm sure if you do one color at a time you can catch up and continue into the new year.ReplyDelete
Using brick shapes to construct your frames is a brilliant idea- really set off the appliqué hearts beautifully. What a lovely quilt these blocks will make.ReplyDelete
I really like the frame around the heart blocks, Julie! It's so fun to get inspiration like that and suddenly know just what you want to do!ReplyDelete
Oh you've come up with such a lovely setting idea for your hearts...I think this will be a beautiful quilt. Hugs, JulieroseReplyDelete
Wow, framing the heart blocks really takes them up to a new level, such a great idea!ReplyDelete
LOVE the Framed Heart!! It looks like an excellent way to use up more scraps, Julie.ReplyDelete
I love all those beautiful fabrics that you are using for the hearts. I really like that framing idea with the bricks. More pretty fabrics to look at!ReplyDelete
Oh Wow! The framing of the heart blocks with fabrics of the same color is brilliant!ReplyDelete
This is just perfect! I can't wait to see more of the frames. I think I like your bricks better than the squares--you get a larger piece of the framing fabrics.ReplyDelete
What a good idea for your heart blocks! Love the bricks!ReplyDelete
Your heart blocks are so pretty. Framing them with more colour is a great idea!ReplyDelete
Beautiful colorful blocks! I like the idea of framing them.ReplyDelete
Oh yes, your pretty hearts will look fabulous with a frame of different prints. This will be such a pretty quilt.ReplyDelete
It is always a win when you figure out how to add more scraps to a project. I love this. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!ReplyDelete
Your RSC blocks are looking fabulous and each block is going to look even more fabulous with happy scraps framing each one. Beautiful job. Have a great week.ReplyDelete
What a great setting!ReplyDelete