Submitted by Naomi M.
As a young child I always loved hearts, as did many of my friends. I think they were one of the first shapes that we learned to draw, sometimes even before our names. I still have many little “love” notes from my kids, barely able to write their names, but with little hearts all over the page.
I couldn’t wait to get a little necklace with a heart, and it was definitely the era of Hollywood stars, and “fancy women” wearing those diamond heart necklaces – something that I dreamed about having “when I grew up”, before the hippy era hit. Even afterwards hearts didn’t lose their thrill though, but I was happy to wear a carved jade heart on a silver chain for a long time.
In 7th grade a boy used to leave me little notes, not exactly love notes, more like messages that mirrored “putting my braids in the ink well” type notes, but they would have little hearts on them. He must have rushed into class and stuck them on my desk before I sat down each time, because I wasn’t sure whom they were from, although I had my suspicions. The teacher caught on and didn’t like “that type of behavior” going on in her class so she decided to try to find out who sent them.
She took one out of my hand once (when teachers could do those things), and saw that the person had spelled my name wrong. So she had everyone in the class write their name on a small piece of paper, and then write down my name. Of course this kid tried to disguise his handwriting, but once again he spelled my name wrong (the same way he had in the notes), so he was caught, and my little love notes stopped – alas no more hearts!
Naturally quilters have gotten into the act. And of course, I’m still attracted, and keep thinking that one of these days I will make some type of heart quilt, wall hanging, or maybe even a love note out of fabric. Maybe you have this same interest, or your passion for a little pet, a grandchild, a beloved friend or partner, carries you away into the land of hearts. Valentine’s Day is around the corner so of course my mind turns to hearts. Here are a few suggestions. (click on the image for a larger view)
1) Pixelated Heart Patchwork Quilt
2) Scrappy Heart
3) Heart Quilt Block