Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sweethearts Redwork Sampler Quilt

We're going red for women's heart health this month! February is Heart Health Awareness Month, so it's the perfect time to introduce our newest Block of the Month program Sweethearts Redwork Sampler Quilt Club. As part of the national Go Red For Women campaign and the American Heart Association, we're committed to helping build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke for women.

You can say I Love You over and over again with Sweethearts Redwork Sampler Quilt Club. The club features embroidered hearts that I designed and/or adapted from vintage redwork patterns. In choosing patterns to include in the club, I looked at literally hundreds of different heart motifs that have appeared in quilts and needlework through the years. It was interesting to note that in the 1800s, hearts were only included wedding quilts, yet by the middle of the 20th century, hearts appeared on all types of textiles.

After the research phase, I designed and/or adapted 13 different hearts to showcase designs representing different eras in textiles. Designs chosen for the sampler quilt include those found in the penny square redwork quilts of the late 1800s, plus heart designs like those used in the 1930s, 1980s and today. I even included an adaptation from the late 1700s called Love in Bloom.

All of the heart designs in this program are easy to stitch using simple redwork embroidery techniques. They're also fun to do. And since embroidery can be a relaxing way to unwind after a hectic and crazy day, some take more time to complete than others. Each packet in the program includes the fabric and floss needed to create an embroidered heart block. I've also included information from FabShopNet's Quilt Red program with tips for keeping your own heart healthy and strong. So the program is a win-win: interesting, fun, informational, relaxing, and good for your health!

We've kept the cost of the Sweethearts Redwork Sampler Quilt Club low at $9.99 per month, including shipping and handling. A Finishing Kit for setting your blocks into a beautiful red, white and black quilt measuring 95" x 95" is also available.

Sign up today so we can get that first packet in your mailbox right away!

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