As graduation season rolled around again this spring, I decided to make another Pixelated Heart quilt, this time for my niece.
This time we decided to go with a blue/navy color pallette, and once again, I think it’s a winner! I’ve officially decided (for the 89th time) you can’t go wrong with simple patchwork.
I really loved playing with the variety of shades of blue – it was a fun excuse to pull out tons of blues from my stash and throw them in! Here’s a close-up of the variety of fabrics used. I really loved throwing in so much Blue Carolina in this one – both lights and blues!
Also fun to cut up and use low-volume (light tones) prints for the background. A scrappy and playful way to give the quilt some personality and textures, but still a defineable background for the heart. And another good use for busting through some stash.
I was determined to only use what I had already on hand to finish this quilt. The woven navy Riley Blake gingham made the softest, perfect backing! And I used my navy pin dot from Sunnyside Ave for the binding. I think it’s a winning combination. 😉
Here’s a post explaining how I made my first pixelated patchwork heart quilt last year. I did not come up with this concept, but I’d seen many versions that I loved, so I put a link to pattern and shared the fabric requirements for the version I made in that post.
This one is also sentimental because my oldest daughter helped piece some of the rows before she left on her LDS mission a few months ago. I’m so glad (and mildy impressed) that we had the vision to plan ahead so she could contribute to this quilt for a special cousin, even though she wouldn’t be here for graduation in the spring.
Before I gifted the quilt, we (me and my favorite, trusty quilt-holder) drove up to a cool spot in some foothills not far from where we live. At the end of spring wild poppies bloom in a grove of trees up there. I hadn’t been for a long time and wanted to see them again.
The foundation of a 115-year-old house are there along with poppies, trees, and a wild yellow rose bush that were planted by those original homeowners. The poppies have been self-sowing ever since and have spread to cover a larger area. It’s such a cool spot with a gorgeous view across the valley.
When we took our kids 5 years ago it was a hidden gem – now it’s become a bit of a photography stop for lots of family pictures. There were probably 5 family photo shoots going on while we were there. I was the only one with a quilt though, so we were still the
weird unique ones. 😉
Here’s a picture I took that time we went 5 years ago. A lot fewer people and a lot more poppies back then. It was a particularly dry winter for us this past year, so hopefully more poppies will be back again another year.
While we were there, we randomly ran into a friend of mine who is a professional photographer. So I handed her my camera and she shot this for me! 🙂 It’s not too formal – we weren’t planning to shoot pictures of ourselves that day – but I like this capture. And at least I’d washed my hair that day.