Meet Graffiti Hearts! The latest Patchwork and Poodles pattern! Graffiti Hearts is a super fun mockprov quilt pattern. This means that although the hearts look like they are improv based, they’re not! There’s step-by-step color diagrams in the pattern to achieve this quilt. PLUS, it is even easier than you think!
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Graffiti Hearts is the second quilt in the Mockprov Quilt Series. The first was Concrete Jungle. Don’t they look like such a fun pair together?
Graffiti Hearts comes with three sizes: pillow, baby, and throw. It uses 11 colors plus background for a total of 12 fabrics in the quilt. The many fabrics are what help Graffiti Hearts to look like improv! Even though it needs many fabrics, you don’t require a lot of yardage for each one, so it is a good pattern to make from your stash!
Because of its improv-look, Graffiti Hearts is also a great quilt to use up scraps. Instead of yardage, you can use different similarly-toned fabrics and cut the required number of pieces from those.
I made this quilt entirely from my stash. I wish I could detail out for you all the fabric names, but I’m not honestly even sure of them all. There’s a mixture of PBS Fabrics, Cloud 9, Moda, Riley Blake Designs, and Kona cottons! Truly all the fabric companies in there!
I will say that the background is Kona Spice. I love this color a lot, it is a lovely rust-orange that is darker than Kona Cedar (which I also love). That’s a good place to start if you want to recreate this quilt. Then add in a navy, dark teal, light teal, lavendar, honey, coral, white, mustard, pink, light blue, and green and you’ll be there!
I chose to quilt this quilt with Aurifil 50 weight in #2390 in a 1.5″ grid pattern. The grid helped to emphasize the bold design of the hearts. Aurifil #2390 was a near-perfect match for the background of this quilt (Kona Spice) and blended in really well.
For the backing, I used an old Cotton & Steel lawn fabric from my stash. The windows and brick walls on the backing fabric worked well with the graffiti theme, and the windows themselves had hints of teal, coral, and orange, which coordinated perfectly with the front of the quilt.
Plus, lawn fabric is just so soft that this quilt already has a wonderful drape, even though it hasn’t been washed yet!
I machine bound this quilt for time saving. I find that the way I machine bind works well with grid quilting, so it was an easy decision to make. If you want to get better at machine binding, check out this helpful post.
Find out more about Graffiti Hearts with this short video!
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In my search for some outdoor quilt pictures, I found this crazy mural. I don’t know how I had never seen it before, and there was SO much going on here. It was perfect for the crazy atmosphere of Graffiti Hearts!
It is outside a pizza shop, which is why there’s flying pizza slices. And a cow getting abducted by aliens? And rabbits that shoot laser beams out of their eyes! The more I look at it the more I laugh. What a great wall!
If you’ve made it to here, I want to take a moment to say thank you! Thanks for supporting Patchwork & Poodles as I head into my third year and 15th (!!) pattern release. When I started this business, I truly didn’t imagine this level of support for my patterns and creations. Thank you for reading the blog, sewing up my tutorials, buying my patterns, the likes, shares, and comments on social media, YouTube views, and general support!
This business has made a difference in the lives of my husband and I in ways we never thought it would. It allowed us breathing space in a time we needed it. It provided me a creative outlet when life was really stressful. It has stretched me, pushed me, and grown me as a person and a creative. I’ve got so many exciting things planned for 2022, and none of it would be possible without you. So thank you!
I’ve also been working on a monochrome version of Graffiti Hearts. This quilt used 11 fabrics but all in the same color family (coral) for a more muted look. I’m enjoying this coral version immensely! I’m currently hand-quilting it with a baptist fan motif but plan to write more about it when it is completed.
For now, if you’re interested in creating a monochrome version of Graffiti Hearts, I’ve written a blog post with helpful tips and tricks.