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Thread: Vintage quilted hearts need ideas :0(

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    I purchased these vintage quilted applique hearts at a Quilt Show in their gift shop many years ago. They measure about 6.5 inches wide and 5 inches tall. I need advice for background to either put them in a large picture frame or wall hanging. Someone in my Bee suggested a cream Irish Chain background or a traditional block similiar to the Irish Chain. I am thinking of appliqueing the patchwork hearts on to a red heart so there would be maybe a 1/4 inch of red framing each heart block to define the heart on the background. Should I frame them in rows or arrange them in a circular? The background can't be busy I don't think because the patchwork heart is busy. I may be making too much of these hearts...but they are so old ....and cherish them even if I don't know the lady who made them. I love vintage things. So any ideas would be appreciated :roll:
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    What a small piece of beautiful quilts. Anything you do with them would be wonderful. I think a table runner or wall hanging would really set them off. Red would make them come alive. Be sure to show us what you decide:)

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    They are so pretty! No idea either, I love vintage stuff though!

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    Why not make them the cetre piece and then when have done this you can look at what would look best. I think Irish chain flowing out of the centre, picking up the colours in the hearts would look lovely.

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    Depending upon how many you have: make a reg: heart quilt for a big center block, Arrange your special hearts around as a boarder, hand sewed on... Then a plain boarder around as not to take away the beauty of the little hearts. Hang on Wall. If you have six, on one side turn two hearts just a little and the center heart turn the other way, just a little... The new and the old in one quilt.... Have fun no matter what you chose. They are beautiful. :)

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    You could get some acid free scrapbooking paper(at michaels) for the backgrounds. There are so many patterns out there.Then I went over to the fame dept and got these record album frames. I will have to take a pic next time I go north. They are hanging in a guest room.

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    Thank you for all your suggestions! I really do appreciate your time in posting. I will definitely post a pick when I finish whatever I do with them. I think it will either be a small wall hanging or framed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    What a small piece of beautiful quilts. Anything you do with them would be wonderful. I think a table runner or wall hanging would really set them off. Red would make them come alive. Be sure to show us what you decide:)
    I didn't even think about a table runner :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyCakes
    You could get some acid free scrapbooking paper(at michaels) for the backgrounds. There are so many patterns out there.Then I went over to the fame dept and got these record album frames. I will have to take a pic next time I go north. They are hanging in a guest room.
    That is a different idea! I appreciate it! It would probably make my life a little easier....lol. I was born and raised in Wisconsin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheryl rearick
    Depending upon how many you have: make a reg: heart quilt for a big center block, Arrange your special hearts around as a boarder, hand sewed on... Then a plain boarder around as not to take away the beauty of the little hearts. Hang on Wall. If you have six, on one side turn two hearts just a little and the center heart turn the other way, just a little... The new and the old in one quilt.... Have fun no matter what you chose. They are beautiful. :)
    Thank you! I will give it a try and see how that looks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tussymussy
    Why not make them the cetre piece and then when have done this you can look at what would look best. I think Irish chain flowing out of the centre, picking up the colours in the hearts would look lovely.
    Mmmmmm......that sounds good too...!

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    Christmas tree ornaments. My mom did that with an old quilt of hers. She used the best parts of the quilt and made them into hearts. She then gave the hearts out as gifts to her family and friends on the Feast of Saint Nicholas.

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    You all got me thinking....I just thought these hearts were made individual...but maybe someone cut them from an old quilt and did a zigzag stitch around them.....

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    i bought some darling Cards at a quilt show, that had old heart appliques sewn on the front. They were really cute, yours look like they might be too big tho.

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    oh, those are soooo sweet ~ you can see the wedding-ring pattern on some of them... sorry I don't have any ideas for you, I'd be asking opinions too :) Whatever you do with them, I am sure they will be sweet and lovable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thequilterslink
    i bought some darling Cards at a quilt show, that had old heart appliques sewn on the front. They were really cute, yours look like they might be too big tho.
    Yes, they are probably too big. You reminded me though of a precious card that a Seller included in a fabric order I placed several years ago. And it was a precious quilted little heart on a greeting card that she made. I didn't have the heart to send it to anyone and kept it. Now I will have to find it and think I will find a little picture frame for it! Thank you for reminding me! I am on the Internet now searching for more ideas to make my hearts with before I make my decision. It will probably be a combination of the ideas I received here. Will post a pic when I get it finished!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric whisperer
    oh, those are soooo sweet ~ you can see the wedding-ring pattern on some of them... sorry I don't have any ideas for you, I'd be asking opinions too :) Whatever you do with them, I am sure they will be sweet and lovable.
    Ahhhhh...a wedding ring pattern!
    :thumbup:

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    How many do you have? Maybe get an old wooden window with panes and place one in each pane?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    How many do you have? Maybe get an old wooden window with panes and place one in each pane?
    Oh my gosh...how cool would that be!!! I have six! But now where am I going to find an old wooden window.....that would be way too cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    How many do you have? Maybe get an old wooden window with panes and place one in each pane?
    Oh my gosh...how cool would that be!!! I have six! But now where am I going to find an old wooden window.....that would be way too cool!
    Do you have a local "ReStore" (run by Habitat for Humanity) ~ or check FreeCycle in your area... I am trying to get more bookshelves for my sewing room, and signed up for FreeCycle for them, and have also found lots of goodies that we've given away on there, it's a great way to keep "still usable stuffs" out of the landfills.
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    contact a local builder, and ask them if you can have an old window they have replaced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric whisperer
    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    How many do you have? Maybe get an old wooden window with panes and place one in each pane?
    Oh my gosh...how cool would that be!!! I have six! But now where am I going to find an old wooden window.....that would be way too cool!
    Do you have a local "ReStore" (run by Habitat for Humanity) ~ or check FreeCycle in your area... I am trying to get more bookshelves for my sewing room, and signed up for FreeCycle for them, and have also found lots of goodies that we've given away on there, it's a great way to keep "still usable stuffs" out of the landfills.

    I know there is Habit Humanity here but never heard od their restore store! Will check it out! Thanks!
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    contact a local builder, and ask them if you can have an old window they have replaced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tussymussy
    Why not make them the cetre piece and then when have done this you can look at what would look best. I think Irish chain flowing out of the centre, picking up the colours in the hearts would look lovely.
    That sounds beautiful!

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    they are very precious...and do not need anything...

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    I love they way the dark of your countertop makes them "pop" Have you thought about using a black (or navy) background and then using a patchwork border to frame the dark?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DewDropInn4Coughfee
    they are very precious...and do not need anything...
    But would like to display them somehow to share their uniqueness with others. If I don't they will maybe end up in the trash or someone's drawer for more years to come :-(

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