Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sew Cal Gal is doing a Valentine's blog hop featuring quilters that use Accuquilt products and I thought up this cute little Valentine's wall hanging that I wanted to share with you all!  It is a Valentine's snow-globe with confetti that moves around inside.  I hope that you enjoy my little project!
You will need the 2 1/2" strip die, the circle die and the large tumbler die.  You will also need various heart or Valentine's fabrics and some vinyl for the snow globe.  You will need a selection of beads and confetti that will look good inside your snow-globe.  I used some read beads and cupid and heart confetti.  Cut a 9 1/2" square of white fabric that will be your background fabric.  If you don't have these dies you can cut all the shapes by hand or rotary cutter.
First using the large circle on the die cut one circle of vinyl.  This is a little bit slippery since the vinyl is so slick.  The vinyl can be found at fabric stores and is used to make coverings for things.

 Using the small heart die cut three hearts.  I used three different heart fabrics but you could use just one if you wanted.  I didn't use fusible on the hearts for this project; but, you could back these with fusible before you cut them out if you wish.  Also cut 4 hearts from the same red fabric.
 Use your 2 1/2" strip die to cut a strip of fabric for your snow-globe base.  I used red fabric.  Next put your vinyl circle on the small edge of the large tumbler die until you find a place where the bottom edges intersect with the circle in a pleasing manner.  I put mine a couple of inches down.  Remove the vinyl and use your tumbler die to cut your base.
Center your three hearts under your vinyl for placement, using a fabric glue, I used Lapel Stick, and applique them down.  I used a red thread and the blanket stitch for this.  Next put your vinyl over the top and and applique the circle down but leave a open spot on the bottom of the circle.  You will need this spot to put your confetti in.  Don't worry this will get covered up later.  make sure that you don't use a satin stitch to applique down the vinyl or it will cut the vinyl.
 Put some beads into the circle.  The beads will allow the confetti to move around.  If you don't put any beads in the confetti won't move around at all.  I used red glass beads for my project.
 Next add some confetti.  I used hearts and cupids as well as an opaque round confetti.  You can get the confetti at dollar stores seasonally or in party stores.  I have quite a collection of seasonal confetti now!
Keeping the confetti at the top of the globe place the base on and applique it down.  I used a red thread and the blanket stitch again.  The appliqued base will seal off the bottom of the snow globe so that the confetti won't fall out.  I squared my fabric down to 8 1/2" at this point.

Cut 2 strips of red fabric at 1 1/2" for your first boarder.  And, cut 2 strips of your background fabric at 2 1/2" for your second boarder using the 2 1/2" strip die.  Place the 4 matching hearts in the corners over your first boarder and glue down.  Applique the hearts down - I again used the blanket stitch using red thread.
Layer your quilt and quilt as desired.  I decided to quilt this really densely and I like the effect on this little wall-hanging.  I decided that my globe base was a little too plain so I free-motion wrote Love on it using a zig-zag stitch and my wide darning foot.

I hope that you enjoyed my little Valentine's Day project!!  If you have any questions please feel free to post them here.

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Mishka said...

Super cute .. love the quilting you did.

Jo said...

This would be so cute on a little girls' shirt.

Chatterbox Quilts said...

Love this, Katrina! Very creative and another great use for the tumbler die. Thanks for posting the tutorial. said...


(hi from Saskatoon)
~Monika : )

Jill Warren said...

This is adorable. Well done.

Betsy said...

This is so unique, adorable and very creative. Is there a pdf by any chance? I love it.

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