Valentine Runner or Banner

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I combined some hand-embroidered squares with some paper-pieced hearts to make a runner for Valentine’s Day.  Some of the embroidery patterns were found online and I made up some of them using vintage Valentines from my collection as a source.

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The boy and girl in the top row of these squares are from a Valentine my mother received from her teacher in 1923.

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I added a sleeve to the back so I can also hang this piece.


I like this cheerful addition to my Valentine’s Day decorations.  Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

11 thoughts on “Valentine Runner or Banner”

  1. Have a happy Valentine’s Day Lillian! The quilt is beautiful with the red work-a great idea using Valentines as templates!

  2. Happy Valentine’s Day, Lillian. It’s very cute. Just want to let you know my husband is making your easy Italian bread. Only he wanted to use his sourdough starter and didn’t have a good quick reci

    1. Oops sent it by mistake. So he snuck in the starter by substituting 3/4 cup of starter for 3/4 cup of the water. Everything else is the same. It is rising now. We will see how it comes out.

  3. Love the vintage valentines. And the embroidery they inspired. Brings back memories of grade school valentine exchanges and decorating the big box that held them.

  4. That is CUTE! You must have worked on it a while. I love that the one block is from a Valentine from your mother. That’s really special! I have one of those hearts in the hugs quilt some of my friends made after Paul died. It’s the one with the bird, but she didn’t put a bird, she put her name. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

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