This Heart Quilt was made for my daughter, Emily, as a bride’s quilt.  She isn’t engaged yet, but she and her boyfriend, Aaron, have been together since high school (they are 24 now) and I’m sure one of these days they will be getting married.  Of course, I wanted to have a bride quilt ready to go. It’s one of my favorites.

Emily likes hearts, so I decided to figure out a heart pattern rather than the classic wedding ring or nosegay (even though I love those patterns).  I had a big box of vintage squares from the 30′s and 40′s, and they ended up being perfect for this pattern.  It’s made up of two different heart patterns, separated by white sashing strips.   It was tricky getting the smaller heart border to work.  I am not all that good at math, and getting the 4-square small heart border to fit on both sides with the 6-square large heart was challenging — I had trouble figuring out the width of the white border to make it all work.  I wanted to put a heart in the corner, but I just couldn’t make it work.  The hearts are quilted with a diagonal grid in the heart and flowers in the white corners.  The border is quilted with hearts and flowers, and the corners with bows and hearts.

UPDATE:  Emily and Aaron were married in September, 2011, and I was finally able to give her this quilt.  I have also made a doll quilt based on this pattern.

Emily’s Heart Quilt
Martha Dellasega Gray, 2006
machine pieced, hand quilted
72″ x 83″

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