Monday, 2 February 2015

January Snow Happy Heart

How was your weekend? Here, it was wet and windy and the wind was extremely cold. That meant it was the perfect weekend for staying indoors and putting together the first Snow Happy Heart pattern.  'Snow Happy Hearts' is a series of heart ornament patterns being offered free each month by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.


This weekend I wanted to get January's pattern made as it is only a few days before Anne will be publishing February's pattern.

I had already decided that instead of making the heart ornaments I was going to use the pattern to make a quilt block each month so that I will have 12 blocks which I can make into a quilt at the end of the year. 


I started by following the instructions to applique the snowman to the red background fabric. I chose to use a fusible web to applique the fabric shapes in place and, once I had done this, I finished all the raw edges with a hand stitched blanket stitch.  I then added the embroidered arms, the halo and the facial features.


Then, instead of sewing the heart-shaped red background fabric together with the backing fabric to make it into an ornament, I used some more fusible web to fuse the heart to a piece of cream background fabric.  I finished the raw edges of the heart with a hand worked blanket stitch.  I thought it would be nice to add a couple of embroidered words to the background, so I embroidered the words 'January' and 'Snow'.


Next, I trimmed the cream background fabric to the size I wanted (8" x 6" finished) and added some 'flying geese' patchwork units to one side, some two inch squares to the other and a couple of strips of fabric to the top and bottom. The block now measures 12.5 inches (unfinished) square.  


I am looking forward to February's pattern now, so that I can make the next block! Thank you Anne for the wonderful patterns!


28 comments:

  1. we had snow last weekend, that would be the perfect weather to make a snowman heart. I like the way yours turned out, so I might just make one too.
    KATRIN W.

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    1. Hello Katrin! You really should make one! Hope you are nice and warm indoors! Have a lovely week! :) x

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    1. Thank you Renee! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  3. Looks amazing and such a wonderful idea.
    Hugs Martina

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    1. Thank you Martina! I am excited to get the next pattern now and do another block... I was pleased with how this turned out! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  4. I love what you're doing with the pattern! Snowy here - had about 3" overnight.

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    1. Hello! Just wet, windy and cold here! Hope you are snuggled in somewhere warm! Thank you for your lovely comment... I hope the quilt will turn out nicely! :) x

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  5. Dear Christine,
    your first little January-Snowman looks so cute. It´s going to be a lovely "Through-the-year-quilt".
    Hugs
    sigisart

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    1. Hello Sigrid! Thank you! I am looking forward to the next pattern and gradually putting a quilt together! :) xx

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  6. Liebe Christine,
    was für eine klasse Idee von dir, jeden Monat einen Herzblock zu nähen, ich sehe schon jetzt das du Ende des Jahres einen fantastisch schönen Quilt fertig genäht hast!
    Liebe Grüße und vielen Dank für deine schönen Kommentare auf meinem Blog
    Steffi

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    1. Hello Steffi! Thank you! I was pleased with how the block turned out and I am looking forward to making a block each month.... I hope the quilt turns out nicely! :) x

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  7. What a great idea! You're going to have a beautiful quilt at the end of the year.

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    1. Thank you! I am really looking forward to making the next block! Hope you come back and visit again! :) x

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  8. I love your snowman block! Such a wonderful idea to make blocks instead of ornaments :-)

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    1. Hello Anne Heidi! Many thanks... I really liked making it and I am looking forward to making the next block now! Hope you come back and visit again! :) x

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  9. Oh, I love what you did with annes snowman. I am going to mine in a quilt as well. Thanks for the inspiration on the block style design.

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    1. Hello Tammy! I am so glad you liked it! I really enjoyed making it and am looking forward to the next block now! :) x

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  10. I linked over from Bunny Tales and have to tell ya', you've inspired me! You've taken it the extra mile with your idea and embellishment! Absolutely Precious!

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    1. Hello Nancie Anne! Thank you! I am so glad you liked it! Looking forward to making the next block now! Do come back and visit again! :) x

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  11. Oh Christine, Everything that you do is soooo cute, I just want to do it all!!! Very Adorable and I can't wait to see your next block! Well Done!

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    1. Hello Shelly! Thank you! Your comments are always so sweet! I'm looking forward to making the next block now! Have a good week! :) x

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  12. Hello Christine. I love what you have done with your snowman. I'm looking forward to watching your quilt grow.

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    1. Hello Christine! Thank you! It was fun to make and I am looking forward to the next block now! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  13. Love how you have it all planned out! Looks great, can't wait to see what you add next :)

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    1. Hello Anita! Thank you very much! I can't wait for the next pattern.... looking forward to planning the next block! :) x

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  14. Congratulations, Christine! To be mentioned in a blog post from Anne must be so exciting! In her most recent post "Inspirations", she writes how much she likes seeing her patterns customized, and you certainly have done a lovely job with this one. Looking forward to seeing your next block!
    Warm Regards, Lisa in Lake Oswego, Oregon

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    1. Hello Lisa! Thank you for coming and visiting my blog and for your lovely comments! I was very excited to have been mentioned in a blog post by Anne... I love her work! Hope you will come and visit again! Enjoy the rest of your week! :) x

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