Monday, February 5, 2018

Love Match

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Do you have a love match? I know I do!


Love Match freehand cut improve stripes and hearts table runner

Not only do I have a wonderful match in my hubby of over 30 years, but I also have this very striking Love Match!

This striped heart runner - so bold and modern - it makes my heart sing! What started out as a Book of the Month adventure, with a vague idea of freehand cut stripes paired with hearts, has evolved into this stunner! Though not quite the style of the Improv Patchwork book, the inspiration is there, and ultimately, the result is my style.


Love Match modern stripe and heart table runner


















I want to thank everyone again for their suggestions and words of encouragement after making the blocks, as I really had no idea where this was going. Only when I put them up on the design wall in a staggered arrangement did the on-point setting appear - bingo! Paired with an unusual sashing arrangement, plus more black and white for balance, and well, the rest is history!


Love Match modern stripe and heart runner closeup

For the quilting, I kept it simple, though I would have loved to put the feathered heart motif in there. Ultimately, straight lines added to the bold, modern feel in the negative space, and curls add to the sweetness of the hearts.


Love Match heart curl quilting

Fortunately for me and everyone else who loves Love Match, I took detailed notes when putting it together. I've learned my lesson over the years to do that, because so many times I'd make an awesome quilt and would have sketchy notes to draw upon for reconstruction. Later this week, once I have the notes typed up into a readable format, with matching diagrams, a pattern will be available so that you, too, can have your own Love Match!

Update: the Love Match pattern is now available - use coupon code 'LOVEMATCH25' at Etsy checkout to receive 25% off thru Feb 10, 2018!

Happy Quilting!



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21 comments:

  1. Fabulous! Your sashing is brilliant.

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  2. Love it! The black surrounding the blacks brings them to life.

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  3. Yes that looks complete for sure, what a lovely finish!

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  4. Susan it is lovely, I took a quick peek and love it! You are so talented!

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  5. Fabulous! Can’t wait for more info!

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  6. Wow, I really think you did a lovely job! Thank you for sharing.Liz

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  7. Hi Susan,
    How fabulous! So nice and modern yet timely for V Day. On the other hand, I love red/white/black together so it could very easily be an all-year runner. I just love how this came out. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  8. Wow!! It really looks great. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. That looks fabulous. I love the block "sashing" like that.

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  10. I love it! I was really curious to see what you were going to do with the hearts! I am never disappointed in your creativity.

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  11. Beautiful beyond anything I could have imagined! Love that quilting!

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  12. Oh wow! Great job Susan, your end result is fantastic!

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  13. This turned out so well! Such a unique Valentine treat!

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  14. Hot! Hot! Hot! This is beautiful! I love how you took the methods in the book and made them your own.

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    1. Thanks Tish! I love how this turned out, and it was especially fun making the freehand cut striped fabric. Proves anything is possible!

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  15. This turned out so super duper cute! I do love February projects. :)

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    1. Thank you for the, shall I say, quilt love?! I seem to love February projects too - there are five runners and a wall hanging scattered around the house right now. Do you think that's enough?

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  16. Those stripes totally make those hearts pop!

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    1. Thanks D! Nothing like a good combo of black, white and red!

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  17. Super cute, and love the stripes with your quilting. TFS!

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