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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentine Gift and Snow

I made a small wall hanging recently to give to Zach's teacher. She is one of those "special" teachers that a child never forgets.

I stitched out the heart design ( Urban Threads) on white fabric and then added the borders.  A wise person might have quilted the background first.  I started quilting and decided to take the borders off.
Unfortunately I used a very small stitch length and it was very difficult to remove the stitches so I opted for cutting off the border.  You can see in the photo above a bit of the fabric remained.  Good thing I own all the best tools because I was able to get that line of fabric off with the tip of my Seam Fix and Famore Micro Fine Tweezers.  All I did was pull a bit at the fabric with the tweezers and then rub with the tip of the Seam Fix and all of that fabric came off.  If you can believe this....the white Kona fabric didn't fray :)

Nice to be able to get all those threads out.  I didn't bother with those that would be beyond the border.
The wrinkles in the fabric will come out with  a bit of steam.  I put a extra layer of wool batting just behind the heart so it would pop and then I used my regular sewing machine to go over some of the stitch lines to give extra dimension.  A bit difficult to see in the photo but I think it came out nice. 
You might be able to see the dimension a bit better in this photo.

The Seam Fix and Famore Micro Fine Tweezers are available at I Have A Notion, Inc (IHAN)and below are the links if you are interested.

Famore Micro Fine Tweezers-
Seam Fix Mini-
Seam Fix Pink
Seam Fix Teal

How about all that snow we are getting here in Ohio?  I'm a snow lover so you won't hear me complain.  The boys have been out of school and today had a two hour delay.
All 4 of us shoveled our driveway and front walk 4 times on Sunday....yep.....4 times.  It was a ball!  The neighbors all use snow blowers and the boys always ask why we don't have one.  I say the same thing every time....until we can no longer use our arms and legs we'll continue to use a shovel to remove our snow....they roll their eyes....giggles.

Yesterday I took them and a friend sledding at a local hill.  The wind was so cold it was burning our faces but the kids didn't seem to mind very much.
Good thing I remembered our thermos of hot chocolate.....oh what a good time we had.

Cold Smiles,


  1. Beautiful quilt, truly from the heart. Your boys look like Ninja Snow Warriors! Too cute.


  2. Wow Kelly! Your Valentine quilt is gorgeous!! And the snow looks cooollllddd!!!

  3. Kelly that's beautiful!!! I really loathe Valentine's Day [ugh] but your little quilt is darling. How much snow did you get? I think our total was 17", and we're getting more right now, and tomorrow night, and Saturday, yay! The poor dog is finding it very difficult to squat at the moment....

  4. You made the snow sound wonderful, especially after reading other blogs that really don't like it. Now I'm hoping for some, of course I'm always hoping for some, LOL.

  5. That is such a pretty heart!!!! The teacher will treasure it I'm sure.... I'm all for the sledding.... not so much for the shoveling!!!

  6. There is nothing that tastes better than a mug of hot chocolate when you are outside on a cold winter day!
    The heart is beautiful! You did a great job and I really like the addition of the narrow border.

  7. The heart piece is lovely. I am glad I don't have all that snow to deal with. The blizzard of '78 was enough to last me a lifetime (I was in Ohio that year)

  8. your response on snow shoveling SHOULD be a must in every household! glad you're enjoying the snow, and nice job on the heart!

  9. Beautiful wall hanging, Kelly. I have a seam fix, and I used it on red corduroy fabric and thread. The white rubbery surface is now pink. Any idea how to remove the color. I'm afraid to use it now on light fabrics, as the red may come off onto the fabric.

    Marjory Wilkin

  10. what a wonderful heart quilt. the teacher will love it.
    you are probably the only one who loves that much snow where you live. I hope we see some this winter.


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