It’s been an eventful past few weeks around here. (Which everyone is probably so sick of hearing.) More on that in a minute. First let’s look at this adorable pixelated patchwork heart quilt.
I’m always a sucker for classic patchwork squares and I love how those squares create this cute, graphic heart. I’ve had a few friends recently make pixelated heart quilts (like my friend Holly in this post.) Seeing that pink heart, really made me want to make one too. This coincided perfectly with a current events and milestones happening here. My daughter and her friends graduated from High School a week ago. One of those friends has had a particularly rough year and we decided she needed a quilt.
So a few weeks back I gathered all of my aqua/turquoises and a bunch of low-volume background fabrics and started cutting up 5″ x 5″ squares. (It definitely helped that said friend, Holly, had a bunch of adorable low-volume squares left over that I bought from her.) 😉
After I laid out the squares, my daughter sewed together all of the rows. (She had just finished all her finals and recently discovered the West Wing on Netflix and was looking for a reason to binge watch. Nothing like Netflix for motivation to sit and sew quilt squares together.)
I helped sew the pieced-rows together and we took it to Melissa/Sew Shabby Quilting to quilt it up for us. This Rainbow/Heart edge-to-edge pattern is new and was PERFECT! I love how it finished off the quilt and adds a little extra love.
Tips for making your own pixelated heart quilt:
Fabric requirements for this 67.5″ x 85.5″:
- 215 assorted low-volume (aka – white background) fabrics 5″ x 5″ squares
- 70 colored 5″ x 5″ squares
- 5 yards backing fabric
- ⅝ yard binding
This is a super fun quilt to put together and a great stash-buster. And bonus points for being beginner friendly. After all, it’s simple patchwork. You can find a detailed explanation for piecing patchwork squares together in my Beginning Quilting Series.
For pattern layout, I used this downloadable pattern by Blue Elephant Stitches and added a few extra rows at the top and bottom of the quilt to make it a rectangle. (5 rows of low-volume prints above the heart and 4 rows of low-volume squares below the heart.) I laid out my quilt 15 squares across by 19 rows down.
You could easily make the quilt/heart bigger or smaller depending on what size squares you use. Just use some graph paper and a calculator to help you graph out the size you need.
It was so fun to celebrate this girl’s graduation. It’s my first time from a parents’ perspective and it was even more celebratory than I expected. She has worked hard and had some great achievements that were visible to others, but I was most proud of her overcoming – or at least enduring through – some real obstacles and challenges that only a parent sees.
When my kids were little, it was easier to share more about the ups and downs and realities of living with little people. Parenting teenagers is definitely challenging in it’s own way. As kids get older, and want (and deserve) more privacy, we tend to only highlight the ups and not to share the tough parts – the realities of life. But we all know from our own teenage years what a dramatic and just downright hard time of life it is. Hence the celebration of achievements and surviving those years of teenager-ness. I’m pretty sure every one of them deserve pixelated heart quilts, at least.