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Free Quilt Project - A Heart Hot Pad

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Want an easy valentine's quilt project for yourself or a friend?  I show you a step by step guide to sewing a valentine's heart hot pad. Share with those you love!

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Free Quilt Project - A Heart Hot Pad

Here's a little quilted hot pad for yourself or for a friend. It doesn't take long to sew and can be made up in fabrics and/or colors to suit your kitchen or someone else's.

These little gems would make great Valentine's Day gifts for any of your sweethearts. Or yourself! Just use red and pink and white and carry on.

Free Quilt Project - A Heart Hot Pad

 

The opening (half hearts) allow you to stick your hand inside. This is great for the microwave as well as hot pan handles and dishes in the oven.

Heart Hot Pad 1

 

Step 1: Cut a heart pattern. I used a standard printer paper, 8 1/2 x 11, folded it in half lengthwise and cut out a heart. Don't stress over this; just make sure the heart will be big enough to slide your hand inside.

Heart Hot Pad 2

 

Choose the fabrics you want to use for the back and front, plus the inside front and half-hearts that go on each side. Here I have the fabric stacked with Insulbrite between the backing and inside layer. I also put the special batting in the half hearts. 'Cause I have burned the top of my hand on the oven, haven't you? No? Ah, well, I am not nicknamed Grace.

Heart Hot Pad 2

 

There are choices here: You can baste layers together, or you can take the lazy way out (my way!) and use glue to hold them.

At this point, I put on my walking foot. This handy gadget makes these things so much easier because it moves the fabric from both the bottom and the top, evenly.

 

This is the time to do a little quilting. I have "echo" quilted in the half hearts and the main part, but you can do anything you'd like.

Heart Hot Pad 3

 

As you can see in the final photo, I cleverly used a button to put the hanger on and cover up the kind of messy binding at the heart top.

Binding this is not easy; you might want to consider layering, sewing and turning instead. In that case, lay the batting down first, then the heart top right side up with the two half hearts in place, and then the backing right side down. Sew all around, leaving a space to turn.

This does make the sides a bit bulky, but if you top-stitch through all layers, about 1/4-inch in from the edge, it will look fine.

TIP: Press the heart sandwich before top-stitching. Press it really good. Lean on it!

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Glossary

Backing
The fabric on the back of a Quilt Sandwich (Top, Batting and Backing).

Same As: Lining
Batting
The layer in the middle of a quilt sandwich between the Top and Backing layers consisting of wool, polyester, blends, silk, or cotton.

Same As: Stuffing, Filling, Wadding, Filler
Binding
Binding is used as both a noun and a verb. As a noun it is the fabric that's used to cover the raw edges of the quilt sandwich after it's quilted. This edging fabric is referred to as the Binding (noun). As a verb it is the process of putting on this fabric, and it referred to as Binding a Quilt.
Press
Method of using an iron to press seams and blocks. This means simply pressing downwards on the seam with the iron from above and not moving the iron back and forth which can distort the block or seam.
Sandwich
Traditional description of a quilt: a sandwich consisting of a Quilt Top, Batting (filling), and a Backing.
Walking Foot
A special foot which can be attached to a sewing machine which helps to feed the top layer of a quilt fabric sandwich evenly with the feed dogs feeding the bottom fabric.
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