Bettye’s Vintage Valentine Block of the Month Quilt

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Bettye's Vintage Valentine, quilted by Angela HuffmanWhen I met with Bettye she casually said she had an applique quilt she wanted me to quilt for her. Bettye doesn’t normally share her quilts during Show and Tell so my ears perked right up. I knew she was a fabulous piecer but I’d never seen her applique.

Bettye's Vintage Valentine, quilted by Angela Huffman

Bettye's Vintage Valentine, quilted by Angela HuffmanI wasn’t prepared for this top when she pulled it out of her bag! It is a Vintage Valentine Block of the Month quilt. I’d seen this pattern online. In fact, a friend of mine, Lady B, finished one and I drooled all over the screen when she posted pictures of it. But I’d never seen it in person.

Bettye's Vintage Valentine, quilted by Angela Huffman

WOWSERS!

The palatte of the quilt top is so romatic. The soft pinks, the natural greens all mixed with creams and beige tones. Beautiful.

A quilt like this can intimidate a person. I knew I wanted to honor all the work that Bettye put into this hand appliqued masterpiece.  She needle turned everything and fussy cut the fabrics to showcase every detail.

Bettye's Vintage Valentine, quilted by Angela Huffman

I decided to do a meandering feather in the background of the center square. That meant I needed to do a meandering feather in all of the squares with that same fabric. I then put McTavishing in the background of all the gingham squares and a radiating burst of parrallel lines in the striped background.

Bettye's Vintage Valentine, quilted by Angela Huffman

The little birds got feathers. The leaves got veins. The hearts got feathers. The applique took on a faux trapunto look and gave great dimension to the top.

Bettye's Vintage Valentine, quilted by Angela HuffmanEach piece of applique was stitched around which gave it some great poof. I added petals to the flowers and twists to the ribbons.

Bettye's Vintage Valentine, quilted by Angela Huffman
Bettye's Vintage Valentine, quilted by Angela Huffman
Bettye's Vintage Valentine, quilted by Angela Huffman

The outside border is swags with feathered interiors and beadboard to the outside edge. This quilt took a really long time to finish but Bettye was delighted when she got it back.  Hey, I even got a hug! Yep, she liked it and I was thrilled that I’d gotten a chance to work with this lovely pattern.

Bettye's Vintage Valentine, quilted by Angela Huffman

3 thoughts on “Bettye’s Vintage Valentine Block of the Month Quilt

  1. I am almost done with the quilt. I can’t believe how beautiful you quilted it. You really set off the whole quilt.

  2. I’m so glad you like it Yvette!! I wish you could see it in person. She did a wonderful job with her applique.

  3. Oh my gosh, Angela….it’s absolutely beautiful! You did a wonderful job on the quilting.

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