This is my first finish for 2017! It's called Valentine 9 Patch and was a quiltalong with Temecula Quilts in 2014. The free pattern is still available - just click on the Temecula link. The finished quilt is 24" x 24".
I started the project with fabrics from the "Mama Said Sew" line by Sweetwater. I had a charm pack and a bit of yardage, and added a solid white Kona for the background.
The heart blocks were pieced on my 1964 white featherweight that I call "Sweet baby Jayne". This is such a beautiful sewing machine and was the perfect choice to sew these love blocks.
The machine quilting was done on my Brother 1500 which is such a work horse machine. It only does a straight stitch and has been quilting all my quilts for more than 20 years.
A quirky bit of trivia about this wallhanging. In my excitement to start the quilting, I basted the quilt top to the backing with the text going vertically instead of horizontally. I only realized this when I was almost finished the quilting and had no intention of ripping out the stitches, repositioning the backing and starting over! It's another one of those humble moments in quilt making, but the mistake will face the wall, and only you and I will know this bit of trivia... don't tell anyone :)
How do you know when a quilt is really finished?
It has a label on the back. I stitch my labels right into one of the binding corners.
BTW I really liked using these binding needles by Fons and Porter.