Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hugs and Kisses XO ~ Pieces of My Heart

Hugs and Kisses XO to You!

When Madame Samm announced
this years' Hugs and Kisses theme 
and I saw the pretty paper pieced patterns that she and Soma from

 Whims and Fancies

had created for us

the image of ...

... an old fashioned fancy heart box 

popped into my head.

I knew that I had to make one of these!

So I gathered materials.

The heart box is actually a tin given to me by one year by one of my sons
as a Valentine Day gift that I have been saving to use again.

Lady Katniss was very interested in this project.

Very, very interested!

Teeny tiny pieces!
I down sized the pattern by 50% to fit the top of the heart tin.

Here are my arrow pieces before I cut the paper apart and sewed them together.
I used the traditional method of paper piecing that I was taught, sewing
through the paper pattern and removing the paper afterward.

I am really happy with how my heart came out.
My tin is only 9 inches across so I had to resize the pattern I chose for the top.

My finished heart is only 5 inches across!

I cut it to size for the top of the tin box and cut some batting to pad the top.

Then I looked for some bits and pieces to embellish the top.
These are all little buttons and things I won in giveaways that have been tucked away in my sewing room waiting for the right project.

I  cut a heart shaped piece of batting to pad the back of the top
and I echoed stitched around the heart with perle cotton.
I stored the thread and buttons in the tin while I sewed.
Of course, Lady Katniss helped.

 I found some pretty fabrics from my stash ...

... and used a sew and flip method to frame the heart.

Some of them I pieced before I sewed them to the heart.

Here is my top before embellishing.

Here is the padded back.
There are three layers of batting at this point ...

 ... and I added one more when I added the ruffle.

There had to be a ruffle!
This pink gingham fabric is very old thin fabric that was left from a project that I made for My Girl when she was a baby.

I sewed on some lace and ribbon trim that I also found from a long ago and forgotten time and I added the buttons.

I hand sewed pink fabric to cover the back of the heart
before I fixed it to the tin box top.

When I attached the heart to the box, I decided that I wanted it to be removeable
so I used a velcro strip that I had in my stash of supplies.
I glued the scratchy part to the tin with heavy duty double sided sticky tape.
The sticky tape is from a roll that was given to me by the local manufacturer when I was a cub scout leader over twenty years ago and I was looking for donations of supplies. They gave me a big boxful.  I am down to the last roll.
Then I hand sewed the soft part to the back of the heart.

Lady Butterfly helped.

This project has been quilty kitty approved.

Pieces of my Heart

Now my tin is filled with treasured pieces of my past
including these small photos of my children when they were young.
My sons are nine and seven years old and my daughter is five in these photos.

Of course, there were two more patterns to make ...

... sew I sewed!

These are the 10.5" of the original patterns.

What to make with these?

Sometimes simplicity is best.

So I framed these blocks with the white swiss dot 
that I used as the background fabric for the blocks.
Plans are to use the varigated pink fabric in the "O" Block
 that has shades from dark to medium pink for the binding.

What to make for the other side of the quilt?

Girl + Quilt!

Click here to read my post about the pattern details.

The pink and yellow floral fabric in the center plus is my favorite fabric in this quilt.
It reminds me of the roses in the curtains that my mother placed in my room
when I was a little girl.

I am quilting ... quilting ... quilting ...

I quilted organic free style hearts around the XO.
Now I am adding a fill design inside the heart 
and I have other quilting plans for the space outside.

I have come down with a sore throat and a winter cold and I am achy and moving slow 
so I will not have the quilting done and the binding on for a day or two.

I did enjoy venturing out in the sun and snow to breath the clean frosty air 
while taking these photos for you.

Finished Quilt Here!

{{{{{{{hugs}}}}} and XOXOXO

be sure to visit all the Ladies of the Day!

Feb 12th
Lady Carol

Lady Sandy

Lady Cynthia

Lady Pat

Lady Jolie

Lady Susan

Thank you, Madame Samm and Soma!

... for these these pretty paper piecing patterns ...
... and for donating the proceeds to charity <3

... just keep quilting ...

Thanks for visiting my scrapatch!
Have a Happy Heart Day!
XOXOXO from me to you! 


  1. Being a crazy quilter, I have to love your sewing box crazy ruffled heart! That is gorgeous. Now I see how you are using your quilt from the last post! Great idea to put hugs and kisses on the back for Girl.

  2. How very sweet! I see you added a little ruffle to the edge of heart. Just the right touch! <3. Love that you added a hug and a kiss to the quilt.

  3. Oh my, you made my heart flitter when I saw your cover for your heart shaped box, utterly gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Your heart is so pretty! It's very old fashioned looking. I think it's really original and live the ruffle and buttons with your children's photos. Great job :)

  5. It is just WONDERFUL, I don't want to say more. You made my heard sing when I saw your box cover, all the details done with love, oooh yes, you got it perfectly. And Lady Katniss helped you a lot :-))

  6. Great projects! Love the improv nature of the tin cover, and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

  7. Beautiful heart…love all those special touches you added!! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. So wonderful!! I love your heart!!! Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this hop

  9. Oh, I just love, love, love your heart box! Until now I've never really appreciated crazy quilting, but I truly love your style! Fabulous!

  10. Beautiful and sew very creative. Feel better soon.

  11. were those ruffles I saw and gingham…ohhhh be still my heart…and your cover and quilt and yes the simplicity of one x o absolutely stunning…so heartfelt indeed…and love how your sweet furry friend is soooo much part of your collaboration…totally sweet

  12. Your ruffled heart box cover is so pretty, and so original. I love it!

  13. Covering a box - who would have thought of that! It's just beautiful; what a treasure you have! blessings, marlene

  14. Your ruffles are awesome! So many lovely projects!!

  15. OH Pat!! You outdid yourself girl. That is beautiful!! I love your box top. I love the fabrics you used in your quilt. You did a beautiful job my Friend :)

  16. Wonderful work!! Loving the ruffles and the colors

  17. Your heart box is absolutely gorgeous! What creativity! The quilt is gorgeous too--both sides! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Lovely craftsmanship on your heart! Love all the stitching and the extras you added to it. It is beautiful!

  19. The heart box is so clever and unique! I think I would love to make this for my daughters... but next year... No time now. :)

  20. Your pillow is so dainty with the ruffles and embellishments! Pretty. The quilt is definitely reversible and cleverly designed. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  21. Cute and clever!! You really raised the bar with the box project. Foundation piecing makes working small so easy!!

  22. Aren't you a creative one. You've been very busy. Love your projects with all the embellishments. Beautiful work.

  23. Oh I love to heart tin box remake! How special!!! The quilt is lovely too.

  24. LOVE THIS! Am now hoping that I get a tin of chocolates this year!

  25. I love handwork and I think your tin cover is so very charming. It makes me want to get back to my crazy quilt! I hope you are feeling better. Chicken soup, they say, but tomato works best for me.

  26. So Sweet.. I love to make treasures..

  27. Lovely! I like the photo with your furry helper, lol!!

  28. Love all the photos of your project . Thanks for sharing

  29. What a treasure you made. It will make you smile every time you bring out your sewing heart box.

  30. I love the old fashioned candy heart. That was a great idea!

  31. You did an incredible job. Love your heart. Congratulations in being in top today.

  32. I LOVE your treasure box and your girl + quilt is amazing.

  33. Beautiful!!!!!
    Hope you are feeling better soon!

  34. That heart box is priceless and so sweet...such a treasure! I love the simplicity of your quilt! Hope you feel better soon.

  35. Love the heart box! And your quilt is fabulous. :)

  36. So adorable I love how you take us step by step through the project and the fact that everything came from stash and things that are special to you. All of your projects are sweet and your machine quilting is wonderful. Fill better soon. Blessings

  37. The heart is beautiful! You made it with so much love and it shows. The quilt looks fabulous too. I hope you start feeling better very soon, till then cuddle up with those gorgeous kitties of yours :)

    Thank you for joining the blog hop!

  38. Your heart box is adorable and so very creative. Love the picture of Lady Katniss checking out your paper piecing.

  39. Beautiful heart box! I love that you have used some sentimental fabrics to make it extra special. Hope you feel better soon!

  40. congrats on being chosen by Mdm Samm for the pick of the day. your pillow is lovely

  41. I just love the pillow it ended up looking vintage and I love vintage.

  42. Now that is "sew" darn cute! Looks like your helper was very involved with this project! LOL!

  43. Pat, your heart pillow is divine. You took the pattern to the next level. I'll be looking out for your finished quilt.

  44. Lovely crazy heart, very creative!
    Thank you for sharing alle the pictures, fun blogpost to read...-so cute quilt- cats *lol*
    Your quilt is gorgeous too!

  45. Love your heart box,looks fabulous and your helper is adorable.Hope you are better!

  46. Your heart box is so beautiful and feminine! I love your furry babies, too!

  47. Beautiful projects! Love your little helper, made me smile! Thank you for sharing today.

  48. Love, love your heart box and the teeny tiny heart - so cute and the quilt is fab!

  49. You have created such a lovely treasure with your heart box gift. Miss Katniss and Miss Butterfly are quite the quilty helpers and supervisors. Very CATdorable! Lovely quilt with the X and O. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

  50. Wewt-! Wewt! Boy did you get busy! I wish I had the time to play like this! LOVE the pinks!

  51. Very pretty and made with such wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing.

  52. Great designs, wonderful ideas. Thanks for participating.

  53. What a beauiful heart box you have created! I love your little furry helpers/inspectors! Your quilt is really beautiful too, so the x and o were perfect for the backing piece.


  54. Love the heart box cover. That gingham ruffle is so cute and such a nice addition.

  55. Pretty and sort of vintage looking. Lovely quilt also!

  56. HI!!! Beautiful heart tin!!!! Filled with memories makes it even more special!!!!

  57. I just love your heart! I have one I have been saving for years. Now I know what I want to do with it! And I LOVE the plus quilt. I have been wanting to make one of those. So cute!
    Hope you feel better soon. I have had it for three weeks now. :(
    xo jan

  58. Pat, Pat, Pat! Oh be still my heart! How adorable - it has everything, including batting, batting, batting, and more batting! lol One of the first things to catch my eye was the adorable kitty buttons. I like how you took the pattern and resized it to meet your needs. The pattern is perfect for your padded heart. The pink gingham is purrfect for the ruffle. For some strange reason, I'm seeing more and more ruffles. Last night at GriefShare a gentleman who is one of the leaders asked me if I would like some quilt magazines that his wife had had. Some guild members had come to the house after she died and cleaned out most things and he found these magazines. He told me his wife didn't throw away anything. I asked him if any quilter does? I know there are those that do - I have a friend who laughs at me for some of the things I keep. One of these days, she is going to be envious of something I still have - lol. No, she knows I'm a giver and anything she needs, she knows where to get it. She even called me to see if I had some of her fabric - NO! She's not a giver for no reason - we found it in a purse she had made for her mom that her mom had returned because it didn't meet her mom's "expectations." It was a Mother's Day present. Yes, her mother returned it and asked her to put a flap over the top. You have to know this family. Anyhow, back to the matter at hand. I adore the backing you made for your sweet quilt. I had already been seeing it. Hope you are feeling better and on the mend. There seems to be lots of gunk going around. I had a headache that hurt to the core of my head for a week. As always, thanks for participating.

  59. What a wonderful idea for the heart tin. It turned out gorgeous.

  60. Your heart is so pretty. I like your embellishments you chose and the ruffle.

  61. Gorgeous heart! Your embellishment and ruffles are so lovely.

  62. Could it get any more lovely? Paper-pieced heart, crazy quilting, sweet embellishments, and a ruffle with memories...perfectly wonderful. Love that you added the other blocks to the backing for you quilt - so neat.

  63. I love your box cover. It so reminds me of making fancy Valentines when I was younger. The new kinds just don't evoke the same feelings as those did.

  64. I love your cover for the heart tin! It's a beautiful container for your treasures. X and O blocks for a quilt back are a great idea too!

  65. That is awesome. Thanks for sharing

  66. your heart is lovely! How romantic!

  67. What a sweet pillow and quilt back.


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