💜Day 3: “Love Letter”

Hearts a-flutter for your Valentine? Create a love “note” from fabric, in which little hearts appear to float up out of the envelope!


  • 4 fabrics (layer cake cuts are fine)- background, envelope, envelope lining and hearts! Here I used Windham Fabrics’ Bedrock line for vivid color and just enough surface interest. (Lining was a scrap of batik that sung nicely…)
  • Coordinating thread: if you do this color scheme, I love 3 shades of Aurifil 50wt in bright white, purple and a very vivid deep pink (2024, 4020 and 4225)
  • MistyFuse!
  • Heavyweight double-sided fusible such as Peltex- an 9″ x 11″ piece (this will give you a little design leeway, the project will finish at 8″ x 10″)
  • Sharp fabric scissors (for cutting those hearts)
  • Hearts 💕:

    MistyFuse the dark pink fabric, and slice into 1 1/2″ squares. Cut each square in half…begin to cut at bottom…and curve around to create top. You might want to trace a line the first few times, but you’ll quickly find that you can free-cut very easily. One of my favorite shapes!


    Cut an 8″ square of the white fabric, and press into the shape of an envelope-

    Add a “lining” by fusing a 5″ square to a corner of the wrong side of the white fabric-

    Then apply a piece of MistyFuse to the back of the “envelope” (this will be the right side of the fabric):

    Putting it all together:

    1. Fuse purple fabric to fusible (use your pressing sheet underneath, remember the back of the heavyweight fusible is, umm, fusible too ;))
    2. Fuse the body (not the flap) of your envelope to the background –

    3. Arrange hearts and shape flap so that it curls a bit to one side (use tiny scraps of MistyFuse to anchor the placement of the flap)-

    Time to stitch! I simply followed the lines of the envelope and the hearts, then stitched simple radiating lines in the background.

    Now, press a piece of fabric to the back of the fusible (perhaps a light fabric so you can write a 📝:)). Trim and finish by zig-zagging your piece, then add piping with a second line of zigzag to give the valentine a more finished look:

    A note on finishing with piping: after many experiments, I’ve decided I prefer to handle the final corner by crossing the ends at a right angle and stitching through the intersection with a VERY small straight stitch, then trimming.

    Have a great day and see you back here tomorrow for a fun reverse-image technique! 💜

    Published by neonkittyquilts

    Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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