New Heart Shaped Pins

More time in the studio has resulted in my newest shape of pins. With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, I thought it would be the perfect time for hearts. I have thought of doing more shapes, and hearts have been on the list, but just never got done.

Heart Pin Bases

I pulled out one of my boxes of small “chunks and hunks” (leftover quilt sandwich pieces) in pinks, blacks, a touch of red, and a bit of lime green. I used silver metallic thread for the stitching, and finished the edges with black or white yarn with silver running through it.

Group of 4 Hearts ready for beads.

This is a closer look at a few of the hearts. I just randomly satin stitched chunks to each other. Couching the yarn to finish the edges is a bit tricky, going around the curves and inner corner. I think this is why I hadn’t done hearts sooner… the first one didn’t work out so well.

Art Quilt Pin Heart in Hot Pink and Lime Green

Heart shaped Art Quilt Pin with Hummingbird

This is a closeup of the first finished heart pin. I added a silver tone hummingbird to the lower point. Cat’s Eye beads  in white, pearl beads, glass beads in pink and black along with Swarovski crystals for extra sparkle.

Heart Pin as a Pendant

This photo shows the pin used as a pendant, hanging from a black satin cord. The pin back is attached so that the heart can be pinned to a necklace for use as a pendant.

Today is a very dreary, foggy, drizzly day… the perfect weather for curling up on the couch with my Ott light, a bunch of hearts and pretty beads to dress up the rest of my hearts.


I am a former textile artist and new pattern designer with a degree in horticulture, wishing to share my love of nature, flowers and gardens with everyone through my photos, sunprinted fabrics, and now pattern designs. Chronic Lyme Disease has caused major changes to the direction my life. I have to limit the amount of time spent digging in my gardens, and quilting has become more difficult. I discovered pattern design as a way to get art back into my life. I now use my gardens and photos to inspire designs that can be used on fabrics and print on demand items.

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