Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Last year I started a tradition of making a heart for each of our children and grandchildren for Christmas to hang on the Christmas tree.  Hopefully  they'll each have at least 20 before my eyesight starts to fail!  I plan to do a different pattern each year.  Last year it was this nine patch.

This year I made the log cabin pattern.  On the back I embroider their name and the year.  A gift from my heart.

I think the hearts just get packed away with the other Christmas decorations at their homes, but I like to look at mine all year so they sit in a bowl.   I just love hearts.  I'd like to have a whole lot more!

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Rhondi xo 


  1. What a thoughtful idea! These pretty little hearts would look pretty on a little tree displayed for Valentine's Day, too.

  2. Rhondi,

    That is such a wonderful tradition! I am going to "borrow" the idea and start doing something similar. I have a whole year to get it done too. Ü

    Thanks for all your inspiration! Chris

  3. What a sweet tradition. I would like to do that as well. :o) Your hearts looks adorable in your bowl!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  4. Great idea! I've been thinking of doing something for my dear ones since I received a special littli handmade ornament this year. Your hearts are gorgeous! ~Adrienne~

  5. What a great idea Rhondi..I used to make decorations all the time and have gotten away from it. This is something I will plan to do for next year.

    Judi B

  6. How lucky your grandchildren are to receive those beautiful hearts each year. I love them all, but especially the one in the 2nd photo. I would keep them out all year too. Much to pretty to be hiding in a box.

  7. What a nice tradition you have created. I am sure they all look forward to receiving those cute little hearts each year, too.

  8. Beautiful, Rhondi. They will always treasure these in the years to come! I love to see all the ways you creatively use your quilting skills.

  9. Your hearts are so precious, Rhondi. Your children and grandchildren must look forward to receiving them!! A great tradition. How creative you are!


  10. Your children will cherish the time and love you have put in these ornaments for a very long time. They are beautiful.

  11. What a wonderful idea you have. I collect hearts and love making them too.


  12. This is such a wonderful idea. Each year, while growing up, my mother made sure each of use children received an ornament. When we left the nest, we had a small set of ornaments to take with us to start our own tree. I do the same for my girls. I love the heart idea so very much. So sweet. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  13. What a sweet idea! I am sure they will enjoy them and the love you put into them.
    Happy New Year!

  14. Rhondi, these are wonderful! Have you thought of giving a tutorial for those of us who are not quilters? Can I share this on my facebook page? Would you consider making these for people? Do you have an Etsy account? Sorry for all the questions. Happy New Year! Joan

  15. I love this idea. I have a set of machine embroidery Christmas ornaments. I would like to make a set for a baby gift for their first Christmas...soft, unbreakable ornaments to hang low on the tree.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  16. These are so lovely! I am sure they all appreciate the love and skill that goes into making them:>)

  17. I love the hearts. What a great idea for the kids. I especially like the one with the buttons. How many of these do you make each year? You go girl!

  18. Hi There!
    I just love hearts and I look for them in everyday life
    I have many hearts in my home and I especially love the hearts poster in my kitchen it is all kinds of foods that come naturally in the shape of hearts!
    May You Have Much Love in the New Year

  19. Your heart ornaments are beautiful. What a lovely tradition to start :-)


  20. I love hearts also! It is so nice that you make these beautiful treasures for your dear family each year. That is a great idea!

    I love your blog, Rhondi. Your pictures, both the quality and content, remind me of Kim at Daisy Cottage. Both of you are so vibrant with the colors and the choice of things you post about. Congratulations on 400 posts! Definitely something to be proud of!!!

    Happy New Year!!
    Joyce xoxo

  21. Rhondi, these hearts are not only adorable, but how special to have their name and date embroidered on the backs. I have a basket full of patchwork hearts that I accumulated many years ago. Most are made from old quilts. Many were gifts from students. These little patchwork hearts must have been popular in the 80s or 90s.
    I think you have started a dear tradition for your family. If I were them, I'd keep them out in a bowl year round like you do. Such a happy thought!
    Rhondi, I always leave your posts inspired. Thank you, sweet friend.
    Hugs ~ Sarah

  22. The hearts are beautiful, I did some myself this year but I love the patchwork ones. I think I might have to have a go if that's ok. I love these traditions.

  23. The heart is my favorite shape. What a great idea, they'll be heirlooms for sure. Have a wonderful 2010. Mimi

  24. It was nice to visit you today! I love the hearts you make for your family! I'd keep them out all the time, too! I can't get enough hearts, especially red hearts! Sweet!

  25. Love your hearts Rhondi. I need to do something like this for my grandsons. I really do. Happy New Year!!

  26. I just love these ornaments, really a nice tradition you have started!
    will look forward to seeing the ornament for 2010!
    I may just have to try this, you chose my favorite 2 blocks first!

  27. Oops for some reason the rest of pretty didn't come out

  28. Gone an done it again. I LOVE this tradition you have, so I'm doing one myself for my two children. Priceless.


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