Heart + Throb

I cut out the squares for this a million years ago. Well, more like two months. It seems like forever. This past Sunday, my quilt guild had its sewing day* and I finally had the motivation to sew it all together.

This is what I finished Sunday.

WIP - Heart  Throb

Originally, I had planned on this being part of a quilt back. Kind of just an off center surprise. But once it was done I realized this needed to be a quilt front, for sure. Before we all packed up for the day, I cut wide stripes of white to frame it and then some other color? Or do I do a smaller patchwork of two rows as a frame around the white? Or!! So many choices.

For now, I’m leaving it up there on my design wall. One day, it’ll tell me what it wants to be. I’m in no hurry and I don’t like to rush and then regret.

So, while Heart + Throb (yes, that’s what I’m calling it) is working on what it wants to be, I’m moving onto cutting my next quilt. It’s called Chevron and On. I discovered it in Quilty. Quilty is a quilting magazine. I wanted to dog ear every page.

Most quilt magazines aren’t my cup of tea. Think of quilts as a room in a house – if the carpet is an ugly burgundy and the walls are painted a horrid peach color and there’s a boob light, it’s hard to look past that to the room itself. Quilt patterns are the room, fabric choices are paint, carpet and bad lighting. A quilt done in white and blue flowers in a fabric that evokes memories of the 70s or 80s and you’re going to scrunch your nose up. But make that same quilt pattern in an updated fabric and I bet you love it and cannot believe it’s the same pattern. Most quilting magazines I’ve flipped through have some great patterns, but I just can’t get past the fabric choices.

*I cannot even relay into words the joy that sitting in a room full of women with similar interests brings me while we plan/sew/cut/quilt our projects and chat. Finding something you love to do is amazing. Finding people who share your love of said thing is amazing to the upteenth power.