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TTMT #355 – Birthdays & Surprises (and a free pattern)

Today, I share some gifts made for the hubster as well as hinting at some secrets in progress and talking about an upcoming DIY project.

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In honor of the memory of my mother-in-law, Carol, who we lost one year ago today, I please enjoy my pattern, Cross My Hearts. ♥

This block is 6″ paper pieced (6 1/2″ unfinished).

Want a different size? I have a tutorial for that. 🙂

Cross My Hearts

Quilt idea using Cross My Hearts

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Nine Hearts

I’ve said it before… I’m a sucker for hearts!

On this lovely February Friday, I bring to you an updated collection of my paper pieced heart patterns, including 1.5″ sets for my Valentine tutorial, one newly un-retired pattern, an “I love you” (or two!) and one newbie thrown in!

Paper Pieced Valentine tutorial
New – 1.5″ heart sets, created especially for Make A Mini-Valentine!

Each sheet in this set has 12 – 1.5″ patterns for making the card in the Make A Mini-Valentine tutorial.

Includes Scrappy Heart and A Simple HeartClick for the set.

log cabin heart

Log Cabin Heart (5″) New!

less than three

Less Than Three (5″) Updated!

patchy heart

Scrappy Heart 2 (5″) Updated!

braided heart

Braided Heart (5″)

a simple heart

A Simple Heart (5″)

scrappy heart

Scrappy Heart  (5″) Updated!

Heart With A Cause

Heart with a Cause (6″)

linus heart

The Linus Connection Heart (5″)

broken heart
Broken Heart (5″) Updated!

multi heart quilt layout

A fun layout created in EQ7 using several of the blocks shown in this post.

ASL I Love You
ASL “I love you” (6″)

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A Sewhooked “I Love You”

Paper Pieced Valentine tutorial

Paper Pieced Valentine, 2009

In a couple of weeks, Cupid will descend, and pink and red hearts will be exploding from every direction. That can only mean one thing… Valentine’s Day!

What better way to share a little love than with a hand made Valentine? My all-time favorite is still paper piecing tiny hearts to attach to blank note cards.

The original card tutorial is here.

Of course, I can’t make a suggestion like that without sharing my free heart and love patterns! I even have a broken heart if you need to get a different message across. Ehem.

Linus Heart

Scrappy Heart

Scrappy Heart II

Patchy Heart

Less Than Three


ASL I Love You

Broken Heart

handmade valentines

Not into paper piecing? You can do the same thing with simple appliqué, card stock and a few buttons!

Still not your thing? Don’t risk your love with the gamble chocolates that come in the big red hearts…try a homemade sweet treat! These are some of my favorites.

Banana Bread

Autumn Apple


Bon Bons

Chocolate Chocolate
Marshmallow Cookies

Peanut Brittle

Ranger Cookies

Faux Rocher

Recipe Review:
White Chocolate
Rasp Cheesecake

Applesauce Raisin

Chocolate Balls

Stenciled Brownies



Recipe: Stenciled Brownies for My Sweetheart!

Brownies for My Sweetheart

I really don’t need a reason to tell my husband how much he means to me.  Even so, any excuse to make his day a little brighter is one I’ll take.  He loves brownies and homemade ones are extremely easy to make and much yummier (in my opinion!) than the store bought variety.  Baking brownies make the whole house smell like chocolate, which is an added bonus.

This year I thought I’d combine two of my favorite things, baking and stenciling, and make a Valentine’s treat fit for the sweetest of the sweet, my own True Love.

I think the original brownie recipe is my Mom’s but it’s in my handwriting in my recipe collection, and I’ve been making them this way as long as I can remember, so I’m not entirely sure.   Mom, let me know if it’s yours and I’ll give you credit!

Stenciled Chocolate Brownies

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp or slightly melted in the microwave (~40 seconds)  *note – for a moister, chewier brownie, you can use shortening instead*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 TBS baking cocoa
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • wax, parchment or clean wax paper, trimmed to fit inside a 9″x13″ baking pan
  • powdered sugar

You can make this recipe with or without a mixer.

Preheat oven to 350°F. With non-stick baking spray, coat the bottom only of a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.

Cream together butter and sugar, adding eggs one at a time.

Sift together flour, baking powder and cocoa. Add to sugar mixture, stirring well.

Mix in nuts and vanilla. Stir by hand.

Spread into prepared pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.   If you like chewier brownies, stay closer to 20 minutes.  Allow to cool at least fifteen minutes before stenciling.


Fold prepared wax paper in random lines vertically along the length of the paper.

Cut hearts out of the paper along the lines.  The amount and size of your hearts is completely up to you.

Completed stencil.

Place stencil on top of brownies. Trim if necessary to make sure it fits snugly as possible.

Sift on powdered sugar.

Carefully remove stencil onto another sheet of wax paper and admire your Sweetheart Brownies!

If you’re handy with an Exact-O Knife and have the time, you can get much more creative with the stencil.  Share your fandom love, write birthday wishes, admissions of undying love or maybe even a marriage proposal!  This same technique will also work on an unfrosted cake.

Fun with powdered sugar
A simpler version, made with store bought brownie mix.
These were for a school party.  They were cooled completely, cut and then stenciled.

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Make A Mini Valentine

One of the best things about paper pieced patterns is that they are so easy to scale.

The great majority of the patterns I design finish 5″, which makes the math a bit easier.  Want a 10″ block?  Print at 200%.  Want a 1.5″ block?  Print at 30%.

Miniatures have long been a favorite of mine.  They work up quickly and are just so darn adorable when you’re done!

Use Scrappy Heart in miniature and some card stock and you’ve got yourself a cute, fast handmade Valentine for your sweetie!

When choosing a paper pieced pattern to miniaturize, the simpler the pattern the better.  Choose a pattern that is all one piece or only a few individual pieces.  The more paper pieces you have to work with, the trickier your pattern will get and the thicker the seams will be.

For the Valentine’s Card you’ll need:

What to do:

Print your scaled pattern (shown here with the original 5″)

OR use the 1.5″ pattern sets created just for this tutorial (added Feb. 2012)

Piece the block like you would any other

Paper Piecing:  Step By Step

When piecing in miniature, the smaller your seam allowance, the better.  I like a scant 1/8″

This is your block finished from the back and the front.

Follow the stitching line around the block.  This will make it possible to remove the paper without stretching the bias edges.  Contrasting thread shown.

Remove the paper from the block.

**note – normally, the paper needs to stay on the block until it is pieced in it’s final destination, but because we are appliqueing it, that’s not an option here**

card stock and wall paper or seam roller

Fold the card stock in half, and press the crease with the wall paper roller.  The same effect can be achieved with a  scoring tool.

Position the block on the front of the card.  Use a zig zag or other decorative stitch to applique in place.

Now fill the inside with sweet nothings and you’re ready to give it to your Valentine!

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