The hearts are sooo close to being done that I've decided to work on them instead of the 9 patches - a "legal" decision since I haven't even started the 9 patch progress other than washing the setting fabrics! I made 2 more blocks to make an even 20 and have pieced the 1st section together - you do this in sections so you can adjust the different block sizes as you go. All the hearts are novelties and I fused them down and then used my blanket stitch on my sewing machine to sew them down.
I got the inspiration/directions for these blocks from this book: Folk Art Quilts - A Fresh Look, by Sandy Bonsib. This is a really FUN book and if you like these hearts it might be a book you might want to consider!
And, when Little Boy discovered my "new" quilt laid out on the floor he was very delighted and promptly sat right down to look at all the fun little novelties inside of each heart. He was sooo cute - he said "oooohhh Momma, I LIKE your new qLuilt!" I will have to have this one backed in flannel as he likes quilts to be snuggy wuggy.
So, one section done. I have the top row of blocks sewn together too. I am happy that all my blocks are "about" the same size because I don't have to do a ton of adjusting - just a strip here and there.
Patti asked me how I could forget these blocks... well - I made them pre-baby so more than 3 years ago. When the baby was 1 month old our house went under agreement and we had to be out in 1 month... except we didn't know where we were going to move! We ended up getting rid of tons of stuff and everything that was left over went into 2 storage containers for 6 months. After 6 months we were moving to Canada and had to make those 2 containers fit into 1 small-ish U-Haul moving truck! Once again - lots of stuff had to go! Many "like" things got packed together (like blocks in the scraps - at least it is all sewing related!). And a scrap bin just isn't something that you think you might have to "unpack" to find out what is in the bottom. So - there the blocks sat until just the other day!
Mommi asked me how I organize my scraps. Ahhh, that is a long-ish answer so I will save it for another day, although I already answered her by e-mail I think it deserves it's very own post!