Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday Snapshot - "Mended Hearts"

I'm a romance author, but I'm also a quilter. Today's photos are of my latest sewing creation: a Mended Hearts quilt. 

To get technical: The lap-size throw is made from 100% cotton homespun fabric. The hearts are ragged-edged appliqued, and I hand quilted it using long stitches (a new technique for me). 

I like the soft, comfy feel and scrappy look of the quilt and will be enjoying it for a long time to come.

Snapshot Saturday is hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads. To participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online. 

Here's the link: West Metro Mommy Reads

23 comments:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What wonderful mementos that tell a story. The idea of mended hearts is so inspirational...just as the quilts are beautiful symbols of that idea. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Irene said...

You did a great job, quilting is always interesting to me, I just have no days in the week left for new adventures, but maybe someday.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Although I usually quilt with my sewing machine, it was fun to hand quilt this one. The long stitch made it go faster, but it still took quite a while! It was a relaxing project.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with this quilt -- keep it or give it away! In the meantime, I'll just enjoy it.

Vicki said...

What a beautiful quilt! My mother was a quilter too. I wish I'd have had her teach me.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It's never too late to learn! You can start with a small project (table runner, for example) and see if you enjoy the craft. For me, it's as much of an addiction as reading and writing.

Ginx Craft said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love all those checks together.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you!

Hazel Lee Vaughn said...

Oh wow, Sandra! It's beautiful! I'm only just learning to sew, and starting with really small simple projects. Maybe one day, far into the future, I could sew something as beautiful as your quilt! =)

Susan Lindquist said...

Wow, that's a beauty of a quilt! I appreciate all the hand stitching ... how time consuming! I love piecing, but hand quilting a full sized quilt is overwhelming to me!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you for your kind words. I enjoy the whole process of quilting: selecting the fabric, cutting out the pieces, deciding on the layout, etc.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Actually, by using longer stitches the quilting didn't take as long as I thought it would, but it will be a while before I hand quilt one again!

jacquie said...

Stunning! I'm humbled....I can't even sew on buttons! I so admire this kind of talent!

Laura Thomas said...

Lovely Sandra! I adore quilts but don't do them myself. I'd like to but I know I don't have the time. Maybe when I retire!

stacybuckeye said...

Wow, just wow! That is gorgeous!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you. I adore quilts too.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks a million. I'm pleased with the way it turned out.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you, Jacquie. My mom taught me to sew when I was in elementary school and I guess her lessons stayed with me.

Louise said...

You did such an amazing job, it's beautiful.

Allison said...

Your quilt is beautiful. One of my aunts likes to quilt too, even doing some to sell. When my husband and I visited a few years ago, we got to see all of her equipment and many of her creations. She told us about her start in quilting and many of her adventures with it.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

How wonderful that you had a chance to hear the history of your aunt's quilting. That makes her creations even more special.

Hazel Lee Vaughn said...

What kind of fabric did you use for this? It looks really comfortable!

I just finished my first sewing project, really easy pillowcases ( http://www.hazelleevaughn.com/2014/02/28/inspired-friday-pillowcases-drapey-crochet-vest-finished/ ) but I bought the cheapest fabric I could find coz I wanted something I wouldn't be afraid to experiment with. So obviously the fabric quality isn't the best.

When I went to the fabric store, there were so many to choose from and I don't know one from the other so I just went with pricing. I have no idea what kind of fabric to choose for what kind of projects!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I saw your pillowcases on your blog. They turned out terrific! Keep on sewing and you'll learn as you go.