heart to heart Valentine’s quilt block {a tutorial}

There are so many Valentine’s Day crafts and recipes, and decorations and tutorials abundant on the www – some from years gone which get dusted off again and re-posted at this time of year, some new and all of them very sweet. I’ve never really decorated or crafted anything in particular for Valentine’s Day, but after seeing so many ideas come over the blog readers, and pinterest boards overflowing with them I really got into a Valentine’s Day kind of mood. After a little bit of drafting I came up with a quick and super-easy heart block – perfect for the upcoming holiday… but sweet enough, with a mix of fabrics and colours, it can be used for so many other-days-of-the-year projects!

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This little one has been turned into a sweet wallhanging with not so pink-and-red and heart-filled fabrics, but a few from my scrap bins and leftovers from Lilla’s nursery makeover. This heart to heart will hang above her cot for the all-year-round love it deserves {when I can get it off her to hang it that is!}. It would make a gorgeous cushion or pillow cover on a much-loved chair or as a whole quilt by making more blocks. As always with my patterns and tutorials feel free to contact me {keera at livelovesew dot com dot au} if you have any questions or concerns with any of the instructions. I would also love to see any projects you make with any of my patterns and always love receiving your photos!

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your free heart to heart block pattern sheet can be downloaded here

block stats:

finished block size: 16″ x 16″

 

materials:

for one block:

- 4x Fat Quarters or scrap fabrics
- 1/8 yard solid background fabric
- 1 Fat Quarter for backing
- 18″ x 18″ cotton or bamboo batting
- 1 Fat Quarter for binding

 

Measurements include ¼“ seam allowances. ¼” seams are used throughout unless otherwise stated. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

FQ = Fat Quarter

WOF = Width of Fabric

HST = Half Square Triangle

 

cutting:

from each FQ or scrap fabric, cut: {diagram a}

1x – 7 3/8” x 7 3/8” square

1x -  2 ¼” x 6 ½” strip

2x – 2 ½” squares;

 

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from background fabric, cut:

4x – 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” squares

2x – 2” x 12 ¾” strips

8x – 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares

2x – 2” x 16” strips

 

Binding:

from selected fabric, cut:

3 each – 2 ½” x WOF strips

preparing:

{one}  Take two 7 3/8” squares and, using a fabric marker or pencil draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each {diagram b}. Match these two squares with the remaining two.

 

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{two}   Draw a diagonal line on each of the 2 ½” squares of solid background fabric {diagram c}. Match these 8 squares with the eight 2 ½” printed squares.

 

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piecing:

{three}    Sew ¼” seam on each side of your marked line for all matched squares in previous step {diagram d}.

 

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{four}       Take the eight 2 ½” square, and using rotary cutter and ruler, cut along the marked line. press seams open yielding 16 half square triangles {diagram e}. Trim each HST to 2” square.

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{five}       Take the two 7 3/8” squares and cut along the marked line as previous step. Without moving the pieces, line your ruler up along the opposite diagonal and make a cut. This will produce quarter square triangle pieces {diagram f}. Take one piece from each pair, and matching right sides together sew ¼” down long edge to produce an hourglass block {diagram g}.

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{six}          Take four matching 2” half square triangle pieces and join together {diagram h}. Press seams open to reduce bulk. Repeat for remaining HST pieces.

 

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{seven}   Assemble quilt block in rows, using all sewn pieces and remaining background square and strip pieces {diagram i}

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 quilting:

{eight}     Layer quilt top, batting and backing and baste with safety pins.

{nine}      Quilt as desired. Trim excess.

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 *heart to heart wall hanging was machine quilted using a walking foot with straight diagonal line quilting, as well as free-motion outline quilting.

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binding:

 

{ten}        Sew 2 ½” binding strips together end to end to form one long strip. Press seams open. Press strip in half with wrong sides together.

{eleven} Using a quarter inch {¼“} seam sew your binding strips to the front of your basted and quilted piece with raw edges together. Start along one side leaving a tail of about 6-10 inches. Sew along until you reach ¼” from the corner.

{twelve}  Take your quilt and turn, lift your strip straight up and then bring it back down to align raw edges {diagram j}. Continue sewing your binding strips. Repeat for the next three corners.

 

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{thirteen}        When you reach the beginning of your binding, stop sewing and match and trim the two tails of binding strip, so it will sit neatly along the quilt edge. Unfold your strips and with right sides together, sew your two tails together {you may need to wrangle your quilt a bit to do this!}.

{fourteen}      Re-fold sewn strip and lay flat against side of your quilt and sew in place.

{fifteen}          Turn binding strip to back-side of your quilt and hand-sew in place.

* in the case of machine binding complete all above steps, however sewing the binding strip to the BACK of the quilt in step 1, and turning to the front of the quilt, and machine stitching in step eleven.

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download the free heart to heart block pattern sheet here

Happy Valentine’s Day all!

Keera
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Comments

  1. What a sweet block and beautiful piece! Thank you so much for sharing this! Very well done tutorial. Great job!

  2. I love the way your pillow turned out!

  3. This is such a pretty block! I’m thinking you could also modify the colors and use it as a flower block if you appliqued a circle into the center as well. I love it!

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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