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My friend Caroline, from The Contented Quilter, is creating a quilt or two to raise money for Cancer Research UK. I wanted to contribute, so I made two heart blocks for her creations. This is my first time trying applique, so be kind. I have a lot to learn, but it was an OK start.
I wanted to embellish a bit, as you don't often get that chance. So, I did a bit of embroidery. In this heart, I filled in the center of each flower with a little yellow french knot and stitched around the edge with a running stitch. It is a little hard to see, but it is there. Honest.
Here I just used little french knots in white floss along the edge of the heart. I liked this one best, I think.
It only takes 10-15 minutes for a block and they give you the freedom to create anything you'd like. It's a great way to spend half an hour, for a great cause. I hope you join in too! Here, in Caroline's words, are the details:
I'm aiming to raise money for Cancer Research UK by selling raffle tickets for a quilt I will make with donated hearts. At the moment I am still at the 'heart' gathering stage - I need as many blocks as possible of 8" squares of red or pink fabric with a heart/hearts sewn into the centre. The hearts can be any size, any shape (just heart-like), embroidered, appliqued or pieced I really don't mind . I'm hoping to make more than one quilt to raffle off as a prize. There is no time limit but I would like to have made a quilt by September. More info on my blog thecontentedquilter.blogspot.com.