Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Shattered Heart

 In Ontario, where I live, we are in a lockdown situation to try to curb the numbers of Covid cases. Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives. These lockdowns are hard for a person living alone. I have been trying to do more walking to keep myself active. I have also been slowly getting back into quilting. The blog hops I have been in recently have helped, I think my mojo may be returning.

Now let's get to the 'Hearts on Fire' blog hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let me Quilt. The rules were simple to make a heart project, only the heart can't be red. 


I ran a few different ideas through my mind but kept coming back to the same one. What else was I to do but go with it, I started with a quick sketch of an idea. 

graph paper comes in handy for quick sketches

Now that I had an idea I needed a plan on how to make it. Improv came to mind, although not my favourite method. But what the heck I might as well go right out of my comfort zone while I'm at it. 
I pulled out some Island Batiks that I won from Sandra of MMMQuilts

My hubby's favourite colour was blue and mine is green and those batiks were perfect for what I had in mind. 

I started to cut a few strips of the background and the coloured pieces and stitched them together. I was all in if it worked so much the better if not maybe I could paper piece it.


As I stitched the pieces together I added a background piece to each side.

slowly coming together from deepest green to blue

I kept thinking I hope this works and looks okay.


 A narrow 1/2 inch inner border and an outer 2-inch border. For the quilting, I kept it simple and just echoed the heart shape. 

After all that worrying about whether I was going to like it or not...I do. 

Sit back relax and see more hearts on fire from my fellow bloggers.

35 comments :

Anita said...

A gorgeous shattered heart, and in my favorite colors, too! Thanks for sharing.

Karen's Korner said...

I love it....very innovative. Great colour graduation.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your shattered heart is beautiful, and a very clever concept.

Carla said...

Such a fun modern piece. I love it. I would say this is definitely one that works and looks amazing. No more worrying for sure!

Susan said...

This looks wonderful, and especially in blue. Thanks for sharing it.

Emily said...

Very original, and I love that you used your favorite color and your husband's favorite color. Pretty!

Velda at the Freckled Fox Quiltery said...

Oh man I wish I’d thought of that. Great stuff

Kathleen said...

Love this! Its a great version and so versatile....love the blues. Do hope these lockdowns go away soon; we are all so weary, although grateful for health so far.

Calicojoan said...

Oh my goodness that looks incredible. You have quite the eye for improv. Congratulations on not only the fabric win, but the fabulous project you used it on! Whoop whoop!

Vasudha said...

Such a beautiful improv heart. The framing and quilting and everything falls in place beautifully.

Quilting Gail said...

Yes!!! Your idea definitely worked!!! It looks great!
Thanks for sharing!

Carol S. said...

This definitely worked and turned out so pretty! I love how you pieced the fabrics in the different colors using improv. Fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing and hopefully this Covid thing will end soon for all of us. It really is hard to be so isolated. xo

piecefulwendy said...

Oh Cindy, I do love this so much. Not only the design, but for what it represents. I'm just a bit teary-eyed.

Sharon said...

I like it too! Looks great! Thanks for sharing.

works4me said...

That definitely worked. Lovely. Your border really works well, too.

Susan said...

Gorgeous heart! The fracturing is just right.

tink's mom said...

Im so glad you like the outcome. Personally I LOVE it. Great job in all areas, design, construction, fabric choice and quilting.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I'm so glad you kept going with the mini, Cindy; it's wonderful. I hope that the walks and quilting help as does the lockdown so that you can more quickly get back together with others. Sending you love from afar.

Karrin Hurd said...

Love your shattered heart and especially the blues! Beautiful work!

LJ said...

You are certainly a clever quilter. Loved the heart and how your idea came to fruition. Blues and greens go together so well and your quilt is perfect.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

It's an absolutely gorgeous improv heart. Love the blues you've used. Hopefully your lockdown ends soon and you can get out and about with friends

Rebecca Smith said...

Blue and shattered heart seems appropriate for lockdown alone.

Sandra Walker said...

Cindy I know how precious this quilt is to you, and can well see the symbolism it contains. As you know, blue is my favourite colour and my favourite combo is blue and green so I especially love this. The quilting is just the perfect final touch!

The Joyful Quilter said...

What a cool design, Cindy!! I'm blown away by the fact that you assembled this in a improv way.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I love your improv heart. Glad to hear and see that you are slowly doing more quilting. ♥

Allison said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful block and some of the emotions behind it. These isolating lockdowns can take a heavy toll on all of us but especially on people living alone. Regular walks and motivating yourself to be creative are sound ways to get through this period. I hope the social restrictions are effective and soon allow you more contact with friends and family.

Carol said...

I love this! The paper piecing really helped, didn't it? The borders are perfect too. Thanks for sharing!

beaquilter said...

Uhhh this is just lovely!!

For the love of geese said...

Beautiful finish

QuiltGranma said...

It is like looking at a beautiful landscape ... green at the bottom... with slashes of snow in the shadows of the slopes, till in the sunshine the snow is white and the shadows are bigger and darker blue. A beautiful quilt, adn a beautiful story!

Danice G said...

That quilt is truly pretty, and I love the concept. It is really nice work.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

What a lovely quilt. I so relate to being single and how tough it is during this time. Self care is extremely important during this time. So glad you joined the hop, and again it is an awesome quilt.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

This looks like a fun project to play with once the gals can come back for sew-ins. Thank you for sharing.

Carol Andrews said...

Cindy your shattered heart is beautiful. What a great improv piece. It definitely works! Perfect border, too.

Zenia Rene said...

Cindy this turned out beautifully! You are a natural at improv. And your borders are perfect too!