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From the Heart

Sometimes when I'm making one quilt the seed is planted for another. As I pieced the ring of hearts that made up the central medallion of my Nesting quilt I realised that it made a really lovely stand-alone block. Nine of those blocks became my From the Heart quilt, which is in issue 90 of Love Patchwork & Quilting. And, rather fabulously, it's on the cover!


Photo shared with kind permission of Love Patchwork & Quilting


There is an amazing Tula Pink supplement with this month's issue, which I've absolutely devoured. I watched a YouTube series called Tula's House a couple of years ago which gave a fascinating insight into her design process and is well worth seeking out.


Photo shared with kind permission of Love Patchwork & Quilting


From the Heart was made with a Layer Cake of Early Bird by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. Five of the blocks are completely scrappy and then four of the colours in the prints have been picked out to make contrasting 'negative' blocks. I did toy with the idea of making the contrasting blocks all the same and think that would look equally good, but on this occasion there were just too many pretty possibilities to choose from.



As I made my quilt during the UK lockdown last spring, I wasn't able to drive over to Quilter's Trading Post to see my lovely longarm quilter, Jayne, but I knew I wanted to use a heart design for the quilting. So we launched on a long quest - direct messaging each other on Instagram - to find just the right one. Bless her patience. And I LOVE (sorry!) the result.



I used a print from an older B&C collection to back the quilt - it's great to be able to mix and match B&C collections - and a crisp navy print for the binding, which is lovely counter balance to the more brightly coloured blocks.



The weather was so gorgeous last Spring and the wilder parts of our garden were swathed in Cow Parsley. I couldn't resist getting a few photos against such a pretty backdrop and waded through the long grass, messing about getting the perfect atmospheric shot. Meanwhile my quilt was being held aloft by my husband. For quite a long time. Bless his patience!


Nicola xx

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