Chocolate dipped shortbread hearts for my family. Shhh... I rolled out my favorite shortbread recipe (from Rosie's Bakery All-Butter, Fresh Cream, Sugar-Packed, No-Holds-Barred Baking Book by Judy Rosenberg) and cut out these tiny hearts. After I baked them, I dipped one side of each cookie into melted chocolate chips. I had a bit of chocolate left over and even though I was alone in the kitchen, I didn't think it was advisable to eat it by the spoonful. But since I couldn't bear to throw it away, I put it in a ziploc sandwich bag, cut off one of the corners, and drizzled squiggles and swirls on some of the cookies. The more chocolate, the better. Can I just say "Yum!".
I also decided to give myself a valentine and made this...
I'd been thinking of making a Valentine's Day quilt to display on the miniature quilt frame that my mom gave me for Christmas (see 'Tis Better to Give: Part 2) but I wasn't sure which block to choose. After a conversation with my sister, I was inspired to appliqué some primitive hearts and this is what I came up with. The hearts are made of felted wool that I had in my stash (my other stash). Even with the hand-quilting I added around each heart for a bit more dimension and the multiple trips I had to take outside with the puppy, it only took a few hours to make this 6" x 6" quilt. In fact the most time consuming part was the binding.
I love to appliqué felted wool because it's sooo easy. Once the wool is felted, I trace appliqué shapes on freezer paper and cut them out at least 1/4" outside the drawn line. I then iron the shapes to the wool (shiny side down) and cut them out (this time on the drawn line). I usually don't bother with fusible web, but simply pin the shapes to the background and appliqué them with a single strand of embroidery floss and a whipstitch. Couldn't be faster or more fun and I love the look.
I'm pretty happy with how these little hearts turned out. My belly is full of chocolate-dipped shortbread and my mind is full of ideas for other heart quilts -- Happy Valentine's Day to me!
Hope your day is just as sweet!