With Hearts Desire, the theme is old town folk style, a place where life is simple, time is plentiful and days are full of sewing and quilting. This quilt is almost a still life of admiration, the design is purposefully full of understated opulence and richness in detail.
I have chosen The Windham range of fabrics, mainly due to their lovely rusty reds which look washed with time. These reds are a strongly unifying color throughout the design. I had plenty of fabric ideas, but could not pass up these tones and hues – they perfectly invoke the traditional spirit of my design. They just belong together.
Having said all that, I don’t want you to feel too nostalgic before you’ve even made it.
Of course, this quilt can be made with modern prints and fresh vibrant fabrics; the design really does lend itself well.
There is an enormous amount of applique. So I suggest that you choose your fabric theme and let it inspire you to select colors that work for you, block by block.
Be Still My Heart really is the heart of the quilt. However, this center block is also a teaser because it does not indicate what is coming next.
I would like that to be a surprise month by month.
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