Have a Heart

Velvet and linen heart
Velvet and linen heart

Using the heart as a symbol of love can be traced back to the middle ages when it was being widely used by the C16th. When Valentine’s Day originated in England in the 1600s the heart was adopted as its symbol. These days, as well as being the symbol of Valentine’s Day, the heart motif is popular on clothing and homewares.

Why don’t you make one for your home? It’s an easy shape to draw and sew. Go to the internet if you need a template but I like the simple charm of a freehand heart. Cut out a back and a front from a fabric or two. I used velvet and linen. Stitch the front and back together (right sides facing, 1cm seam) leaving an opening (for turning) in one of the straighter parts. Carefully turn through the opening (you may need to clip the seams on the curves) and gently push out with a pencil or chopstick to get a nice heart shape. Fill through the opening with some polyfill and stitch closed. Attach a ribbon (or string or lace or whatever you have to hand) to the top, making a loop, and tie the ribbon tails into a bow. Embellish with a vintage button, an orphaned earring or a pretty brooch. Or simply leave it plain.

Take some inspiration from these hearts that I spied on Pinterest.

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New York Placemats

I went to New York and when I was there I bought some fabric from The City Quilter. They have their own range of New York fabrics including some produced for the Centenary of Grand Central Terminal which is this year. In fact there is currently a quilt show there showing the best of the quilts made for the occasion. I wish I could go and see them. Instead I must be happy being reminded of my trip when we use the placemats ( every meal).


New York Placemats



And I have made them reversible with text and graphic prints for backings – also from The City Quilter. I would add the link but I am having difficulty doing this with my iPad. I left my laptop behind when I went away a couple of weeks ago and am struggling without it.


Soft Furnishings

My blogging hiatus was largely due to getting my house ready to sell and then selling, finding a new place, and moving. I am still working on my new place but there is no time pressure on that. When one of my friends commented that she didn’t think my place would ever be ‘finished’ I was amused. I like my place to reflect the life I am living and although I am trying to get rid of excess stuff, new (to me), items will appear. New cushions, quilts and some recovering of chairs will change the look. Made from fabrics and notions I have found on my travels. Travels to nearby suburbs and to the other side of the world. I am always on the lookout for a fabric shop, an interesting homewares shop, an art gallery. And the lead up to selling my house was a time for new cushions, quilts and recovering…Image