In the Hoop Heart Mat

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this crazy patch heart mat by Kreative Kiwi is made of three pieces. It is quilted, embroidered, and assembled entirely in the hoop!

There are several sizes and wording options available, as well as files for using multiple colors of fabric in the piece. In my sample, I left off any wording and only stitched the quilting, seam embroidery, and edging.

Hoop a water soluble fabric type stabilizer and stitch out the first section. When finished, remove it from the hoop and trim stabilizer close to the edge stitching.

After stitching the second piece in the hoop, where indicated, butt the first piece up to the second. Be sure that fabric and batting are trimmed very close to the stitching lines. Use a glue stick to help secure the pieces in place on the stabilizer.

The pieces are tacked together with the next color stop and finished with decorative stitching over the seam. When finished, remove it from the hoop and trim stabilizer close to the edge stitching.

After stitching the third piece in the hoop, where indicated, butt the first two joined pieces up to the raw edges. Be sure that fabric and batting are trimmed very close to the stitching lines. Use a glue stick to help secure the pieces in place.

Tack the pieces together with the next color stop and finish decorative stitches.

Remove excess stabilizer and it’s ready to use!