Fifthroom Living


The Power of a Heart

To say I have adored hearts for a lifetime can not sum up my true feelings for this image. A heart is not only love, but hope, unity, beauty and most of all joy.  I find the heart shapes to be so amazing that I can use them and love them over and over. My quilt above is “Love letters” inspired by the heart as the universal symbol of love.

International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997.007.0547

I really adore how these ‘trees’ formed the heart. I think this is very clever. Can you imagine doing one and framing it with borders? It would be a fabulous wedding or anniversary quilt. Or four blocks together (I’d have to have them going the ‘right’ direction.. would you?) This quilt is  Circa 1870 from the International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997.007.0547

International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2003.003.0225

It was such a delight for me to be able to see Yvonne Wells quilts before her exhibit was hung at the IQSC. Then I had the privledge of interviewing her on Dec 19, 2011 for my radio show! Did you have a chance to listen yet? Yvonne made this quilt in 1987, and it makes me smile!

This single heart is on my website as a free pattern. Make one… or several. Combine into a table runner, tall skinny wall hanging, multiples for a quilt. Put on the words.. or not.. and send me a photo of what you do!

Do you have a Heart quilt?

~Pat Sloan


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I love hearts, too. Of course, as a Valentine baby, it was kind of drilled into me from the beginning! lol My mom used to love sewing things for me with hearts on them and she had such a hard time back then (late 60’s early 70’s) finding heart prints fabrics. Hard to imagine, isn’t it, with all the variety we have in fabric today?


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