Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A week of Valentines - continued!

For some of the ladies I visit every month I decided to make some Valentine Hot Pads.  I was going for something that looked Valentine-ish, but could still be used throughout the year.  These were so much fun to make.  I think this might be the new gift for friends Birthdays.

I decided to use the aqua's, reds and pink from the Ruby line by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  I'm really loving these colors lately.  My daughters room is in desperate need of a makeover so I might need to talk her into these fabrics.   I used cross hatch quilting for the first time and definitely will be using it again.  It's a lot of fun.   I think I will deliver these with a pretty plate of heart valentine cookies.  I'll post my recipe for that tomorrow, they are super good!

 I am thinking however that I need to get a walking foot.  Do you have one?  Would you recommend getting one?  Are they worth the money - since they are not cheap?

Here are a few little tips for making these hot pads.

- I used 2" x 9" strips of fabric so I could make four hot pads and have a little room for a nice straight edge.
- Use two layers of thin batting.
-When quilting I only quilted the top pieced layer and one layer of batting.  The other layer of batting and fabric for the back I added when I stitched on the binding.
-The idea for the tags came from Nana Company's blog (of course).  I'm almost a little embarrassed I copy her so much.
- Used a 1/4" seam allowance.

Hope some of your can use this for a little Valentine gift!


Flowers in the Window said...

These are so pretty - I love the colours! I would definitely recommend getting a walking foot. I ended up getting a new sewing machine that included a walking foot as a Christmas present a couple of years ago. It definitely makes quilting easier especially with larger projects :) Maggie xx

Cami said...

So cute! I would also recommend getting a walking foot too. I found a walking foot at Joanns in Centerville the other day for under $20, but you have a Bernina. Dang Bernina, making such high quality products that have the price to go with it. :)

Felicia said...

These are super cute, Nicole! I'll have to remember this at Halloween time and use up the charm pack I've had for a few years.

I love my walking foot. I only ever use it to put the binding on a quilt, but it would be a huge help doing cross-hatching (or any straight stitching)on quilts.

Jenny said...

Wow they are so beautiful!! I wanna be a lady you visit teach. You are so amazing. You should see what Madi has made with some of the material you gave her! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog! I love to see the patterns and colors of your new fabrics....they are such happy, homey, feel good prints and even though I have no intention of sewing I can't wait to see what your new projects are coming up. ;)

Carla said...

I love turquoise and red. Cute

Julia said...

Those are really cute! I'm supposed to go to Cali to visit my mom this weekend. Maybe I will just whip up a couple of these and givee them to her!! I love the Ruby line. I just used it to make my daughter, who is having her first baby, a quilt. It's the first time I've ever actually finished the entire thing. Including the quilting. I'm seriously proud of myself for that! Haha! I have a Husqvarna/Viking machine and I know how expensive they are. Mine was $100. But I love it, it makes it so much easier to sew the binding on. I'm sure it will make the cross hatch sewing easier too!

Nanette Merrill said...

Super cute and great fabric choice!

Michaela said...

These are adorable! Even though they can be pricey, a walking foot is the best money I ever spent!