I don't know what it is about Valentine's Day, but I have been making all sorts of love related projects the last couple weeks! Today I finished my Lots of Love table runner and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out!
I started by making eight 4" finished heart blocks using this tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew.
I cut some white fabric 1.5" for the sashing to go in between and around 2 groups of 4 hearts. Then I finished it off by cutting red fabric 1.25" for the border around the whole thing. Unfinished, the block was 13" x 13".
Using Moda's "Spell It With Fabric" tutorials, I used 4 different red prints to spell LOVE.
You can find the posts with the PDF files at the following links:
The only thing I changed from the patterns was omitting a 2.5" x 10.5" strip of neutral fabric to the right of the "L" block, making it a 6" finished block instead of 8". I used the 1" finished (1.5" cut) sashing strips recommended in the patterns for in between the letters and to the left of the "L" and the right of the "E". I then added a white sashing to the top and bottom by cutting 1.75" strips. The LOVE block's height measured 13".
Then I pieced the heart blocks to the left and right of the LOVE block. I quilted it with romantic, flowing swirls and bound it with a lovely solid aqua. I cut the binding to 2" and used a 1/4" seam to make it a little skinnier than usual. The finished size of the table runner is 13" x 60.5".
Our table seats 6 and this runner is the perfect size!
Of course, I had to break out this little heart dish and fill it with candy, just because it's the cutest!
No sooner had I done this, when these little hands came to claim some goodies!
And yes, we did probably spoil our lunch by snacking on M & M's and Starbursts, but sometimes you just can't say no!