By the way, you can see the wonky hearts how-to (as well as the free-pieced letters tutorial and more) over at Bonnie's superfantastic Quiltville.
The words read as follows:
- reach for the stars
- Believe the Impossible
- Be true to yourself
- follow your dreams
- Listen to your heart
I pieced the quilt top in 14 days. Before I started, I planned to have these words as well as stars, hearts and asterisks (my name for the little * blocks that look like fireworks, snow, or stars depending on the context). I sewed the words, the hearts and the asterisks, but used sections of star fabric instead of piecing those. I really like how using big sections of fabric works in this quilt.
I sewed little rectangles onto strips, cut even, over and over again to get the border. So it wasn't strip pieced and I didn't use a foundation. I ended up with different widths of border and that's okay (altho the pic doesn't do the border justice at all. Sorry about that - this is one of my quilts that's in storage right now). I quilted free-hand fans in black perle cotton.