For Paula's Sewing Challenge.
"County Hearts" started life as a class I taught a few years ago on how to do blanket stitch applique. I gave the participants two different patterns in the same colors for them to "have at it." It was a lot of fun and once everyone got in the swing of things it was a fairly simple method to learn.
I made this wall hanging well after the event with some of the left over blocks. Then it sat ..... and sat ... and sat ..... till the day finally came when I found (borrowed from another quilter) a fleur-de-lis quilt design I really liked to hand stitch on the cream blocks. I finished it near the end of 2008 and now that we have some wall re-painting done it will finally get hung up.
(I had enough of the heart blocks to do the class, wall hanging, large cushion, fancy door hanger for my sister-in-law, and blocks to a friend to make her own cushion.)
So this is one of my absolute favorite wall hangings. It makes me smile every time I look at it and the cushion and brings back many fond memories.
Paula's link - http://sewingchallenges.blogspot.com