Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Yes, Valentine’s Day cards are big business, but at their heart is a long-standing playful tradition between couples, friends, family members,  to express their affection.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” I suppose we can all relate to Esther with our patchwork stash!

 Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year (more cards are sent at Christmas). Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines….so girls are more romantic than boys?

I particularly love hearts and have made many heart shape quilts in the past….though not always for Valentine’s Day.

This is my most recent quilt….

Heart Deco

I love making boxes…so how about a heart shape one?

This is another favourite…

The same design in very different colourways.

I love the way the star automatically appears when the hearts are positioned in this design.

This one is different and fun to make… made with woven strips.

Mini mosaics for this cushion….maybe…

Or maybe a wall hanging…

How about strips of selvedge to make up this heart.

A patchwork needlecase?

Even the granddaughter’s nursery bag made in a heart shape.

This is my trispective pattern…now you see them…now you don’t.

Most of these patterns can be found here…