I finished this quilt a few weeks ago but never had a quilt-holder around during daylight hours. Until Sunday! So here it is: my 2018 I Wish I Could Go Too Traveling Quilt Bee (round 2). (aka "It's Raining Hearts.") For the second round of our traveling quilt bee, I asked people to make small 3-5" heart blocks in red or purple on a light/medium pink background. People were also welcome to send along "blank" pieces of background fabric. You can read my kick-off post here.
This quilt was a little different in that I asked people to make multiple small blocks, but not to assemble them. For my "starter block" I did assemble my hearts to make a mini mock version of what my quilt would look like when it was all done. When my quilt came back to me at the end of traveling through the bee participants, I made the mock quilt panel in to a pillow. You can see that project here.
Once I got the blocks back, I "built them out" so that they were all 6 1/2" square and laid them out interspersed rather randomly with blank squares of fabric. In the pics above you can see places where I added fabric to littler blocks to make them 6 1/2" square. I had fun trying to match (or at least coordinate) fabrics to the background fabrics in each block.
This quilt finishes about 66" x 72." I backed it with minky and had my local long-arm quilter quilt it with an edge-to-edge swirl panto pattern. It has been living on our couch for about a month now and I absolutely love snuggling under it at night. You can check out #itsrainingheartsquilt for more in-progress pics. Thank you to all the ladies who helped contribute blocks for my quilt: Jen, Kristin, Kayla, Kristy, Steph, Rebecca, & Jackie!