Crazy Quilted Heart Instructions

My very dear Gramma from Tramma passed away when I was about 20 years old (ahem, a few years ago).  I treasured that woman, from as far back as I can remember.  If it weren’t for her love, I can honestly say I would not be where I am today.  She was nothing special to most others, but she was the very epitome of unconditional love, to me.

After her passing, I received a sympathy card from her best friend, Polly.  Mind you, I hadn’t seen Polly in years, but she and Grandma were best buds for a very long time.  When I was old enough to drive, I’d drop Grandma off at her favorite bar … and I’d always have to go inside, to visit with Polly before I left.  Oh my, was it a sight to see two old ladies, knocking off beers in a bar!  And after Grandma’s death, it was ever-so special for Polly to send me a note, as she truly knew how close Grandma and I were.  Inside the card that Polly sent to me was a crocheted red heart.  It’s still a treasured item of mine.  The sentiment was straight-forward … Polly told me if I ever needed to remember Grandma, all I needed to do was to hold the heart in my hand – because it was a part of Polly … and Polly was a part of Grandma’s life … and I was a part of all of it.

When we received word a couple of weeks ago that a dear friend was diagnosed with cancer, we were in shock.  This is a young woman, about my age, who is as humble and precious as they come.  She’s never been in a category that you’d ever think would get cancer, she’s just too wonderful for that.  She doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, never chewed tobacco … yet, the doctors found cancer under her tongue.  My goodness, the woman doesn’t even cuss – and that in itself is amazing, to me (of course, my excuse is that I was raised with it, so it’s just another word to me)!

When we heard about our friend, I had to do something.  We aren’t close in miles, but we are all close in hearts.  So, I whipped up the Crazy Quilted Heart that I showed you previously.

And now, I ask you to print out the instructions and make your own.  We received an email from our friends, and found out that she held onto the heart that I made, as she was wheeled into surgery.  It brought her the same comfort that Polly’s heart brought to me — and I bet, if you know someone who needs a little uplift, it’d help them, too.

1)  With scraps of fabric, just start sewing them together, with straight seams.  I used six fabric colors because there are six in our family.

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2)  With a piece of Peltex, cardboard or something else that’s stiff enough to be traced around a number of times, draw a heart and cut it out.

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3)  Next, trace the heart onto your fabrics with a pencil or disappearing ink pen and trim your stitched fabric piece so you’re about 1″ from the traced heart.

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4)  Next, create your quilt sandwich with a small piece of thin, cotton batting and the background fabrics.

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5)  Then, using some embroidery stitches with your sewing machine (or by hand), stitch on top of each seam that you have on the heart front, making sure that you stop at the edge of the heart template lines.

6)  Finally, using a tight zig-zag stitch, stitch all around your heart, ON the template line that you drew.  Then, cut away the excess around the outer edge.

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If you’re interested, this is what I wrote (edited to protect the privacy of those involved) on the card that we sent the heart with:

We offer you our quilted heart, to have and to hold.  It is made with six fabrics, representing the six members of our family.  The pattern is known as a “crazy quilt” pattern – I think that’s pretty fitting.  It also has an unfinished edge, which will unravel as time goes on…much as we find our own hearts doing, like with the news we received about you.

After the quilted heart was finished, my husband said a blessing for you over it.  Then each of us took it into our hands, touching the fabrics, and sending up individual, silent prayers for you.

Remove the heart from this card.  Hold it and touch it … and feel the love that we send to you through it.  You are loved.  Please know that you have our constant prayers, and that we’re here if ya’ll need *anything* at all.

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    13 comments

    1. Vicki W says:

      What a beautiful gift. There’s nothing better than a big does of love when going through a trying time. I wish a very speedy recovery for your friend.

    2. Lynda M says:

      It’s a lovely pattern and the story that goes with it truly touches my heart!

      And, I know all about grandma’s and how special they are. I woke up this morning dreaming about mine (now passed almost 4 years) and it was so VERT real. To this day I keep things she gave me in plastic because they still smell like her and I don’t want to forget.

      God bless grammas!

    3. Leona says:

      Your quilted heart story really touched my heart. You truly are an amazing woman to have such a big heart from everything you went through growing up and so lucky to have such a wonderful Gramma. I love the heart pattern and plan on making one for each of my grandkids…thanks for sharing such an awesome pattern. Many blessings to you and your family. 🙂

      Leona

    4. Karen says:

      OMG! You made me cry! What a very touching way to let someone you care about know that you are thinking of them. Thank you for sharing your story.

    5. Sandi A. says:

      I love crazy quilting and often make crazy quilted hearts but the sentiment behind your design makes it very special – almost as if the giver has given a piece of his/her heart to the recipient! Very lovely. 🙂

    6. Chris C says:

      What a wonderful loving expression. We have recently lost our Mother and several years ago her best friend. There several of us including life long friends – – our Mothers were friends when in collage. I have a lot of their collective fabrics, they were quilter too. I now plan to make each family member a pin cushion using those fabrics . Thank you for this great way to memorialize our Mothers.

    7. Deb says:

      What a touching story.
      So often one does not know what to do at a sad time in others lives; this is a wonderful thing–so simple and yet so meaningful to those that receive.
      I have no Grandma/ or Mom alive–but I do have scraps/ buttons and trim from their sewing. I plan to make my own “memory heart” and one for my sister
      Thankyou.

    8. Jan Riemar says:

      This is such a wonderful heartfelt gift applicable in many situations. I will begin making some immediately. With this lovely idea size would not matter; very small or even a full pillow would have special meaning. Thank You.

    9. Alice D says:

      I know this has been over 6 years since you originally posted this quilt pattern, but I had to send you a great big thank you for sharing this. I work with a local hospice and having this pattern to share with the families we deal with will be greatly appreciated. I look forward to making these hearts that will be kept in our gift room at the office to be shared with the families when our patients die. In the past we have made bears using material from clothing that the deceased wore and that would work for these hearts as well. Bless you for sharing this beautiful gift. I look forward to sewing many of these hearts in the years to come.

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