Friday, February 7, 2014

V-day post one

Listen to your heart (c) LAPaylor  9" X 12"

 I have made 19 Valentines quilts over the years, one for each year we've been together. I missed one year because of circumstances and my husband asked tentatively "does this mean something?" So sweet.

This quilt was way into the process, and I was having a lot of physical challenges that year as well as my beloved Bernina shut down totally because she needed to go to the hospital for a mother board replacement.
So on this year's quilt I experimented with inktense pencils on fabric. I took a piece of white fabric, sketched out my image and then dampened it.
It bled in a charming way. Then I inked in the words with pens.
I used snow-dyed fabric  which I had learned to do that year as a border. It is minimally quilted as I was borrowing a friend's machine and not used to how it worked, so I basically couched some cording, feather stitched with gold thread, went around the image, and called it a day. The hearts were some iron on T-shirt embellishments I had never tried before but they worked like a dream!

Each year's quilt is approached differently. One year I might document something we experienced, another  I try new techniques,  and others I might just have fun. Some of the quilts are quite tiny, most are larger,  one is twin sized.
I hope to show you a few of them over the next few days. See another V-Day quilt In This Post Right Here!

All of them are made with love and appreciation for my relationship with Drew. In any good relationship it feels like you just met, while also feeling like you've been together forever.
 This year's quilt is in the design phase and might be a mix of my poetry, a collage and use some technique I want to explore. Stay tuned for more. ( if you want to see them all in person and hear about working in a series with funny stories, I will come share them with your group)
For now, share the love


  1. How sweet, making a quilt for each year and your husband even notices!

  2. I love the dye look. That's wonderful that your husband noticed.

  3. You are so lucky to still be on love after 19 years and have a husband that is so sweet. Also very cool to see how you have grown artistically thru the years just as your love has grown stronger :-) bravo!

  4. What a beautiful way to commemorate Valentine's Day! I look forward to seeing the rest of the collection.

  5. Very Sweet! What a wonderful way to express your love!

  6. I love the way the words look, very antiquey! And you have a beautiful handwriting. What kind of pen did you use? The color bleeding from the inktense markers is indeed charming!

  7. This is utterly charming! Lucky hubby and lucky you!

  8. Hi LeeAnna!
    What a beautiful and warm tradition, using your creative flair to capture every year in a Valentines quilt for that special relationship that you have!
    Your stories are lovely to reaad!
    Take care,

  9. What a wonderful tradition! You and Drew are very lucky. Have a wonderful Valentines Day!