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heart quilt block

Valentine Heart Quilt Block


wall hanging, pillow or quilt block


Strip quilting - easier than it looks!


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Heart block measures 10.5" wide x 11.5" long. The outer checkered border adds another 4" to length and width.



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Instructions


Seasonal Wall Hangings


This pattern is part of a seasonal and holiday series of wall hangings.

To turn this pattern into a wall hanging that will fit the hanging sleeve used in the series, add another 2" border to the sides, top and bottom of the block shown above. The finished wall hanging would then measure 18.5" x 19.5".

Each wall hanging in the series uses the same size of hanging sleeve, so they can easily be changed with the seasons. For more patterns in this series, go to Holiday Series Wall Hangings

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Strip Quilting


Works up quickly by sewing strips together. The two upper peaks are merely the corners cut from the lower sections. The checkerboard is made from strips that have been cut and re-arranged.

Use quality cotton prints from our store.

SUPPLIES



Heart:  enough fabric to cut 8 strips, each measuring 11" x 1.5" (I used 6 different prints and repeated two of them)

Background (white print shown):  1/4 yard (this is more than enough, you will need to cut three 5½" x 5½" squares and one 6¼" x 6¼" square)

Checked Border: four strips color A, each measuring 1.5" x 20"; four strips color B, each measuring 1.5" x 20".

PATTERN



Our pattern will download as a pdf file, and will print to an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. If you need instructions on using pdf files, go to:  PDF Instructions.

Download Heart Block Pattern Right
Download Heart Block Pattern Left

The pdf files should print triangles that are approx. 5 7/16" across length for the two short size. If the size is different, the pdf file has not printed to the correct size. You can create your own pattern by drawing a 5" x 5" square. Cut it on the diagonal. Then draw new triangles by adding 1/4" seam allowance all the way around your triangle.

Solid Border: (not shown above but necessary to enlarge the wall hanging to fit the sleeve used in our seasonal wall hanging series).
two strips of solid fabric, each measuring 15.5" x 2.5", two strips of solid fabric, each measuring 18.5" x 2.5".

Backing and batting:  12" x 12" piece if just making the center valentine; if you are adding the checkered border and outer solid border, you will need backing and batting (I use our fusible fleece found in our notions store in place of batting) that measures 18.5" x 19.5".

Hanging Sleeve: 3" x 15.5" strip of fabric.

Binding: 1.5" wide by length equal to perimeter plus about 10" (cut binding for the seasonal wall hanging 1.5" x approx. 90". Sewing Supplies: thread
(helpful supplies) sewing ruler, pins, quilter's square, rotary cutter

EXAMPLE DIFFERENCES


I have made several of these valentine blocks. Examples in the directions show different blocks.

INSTRUCTIONS


1.  Cut eight strips of fabric, each measuring 1.5" x 11".

2.  Stitch the strips together. Trim to 10.5" x 8.5".
stitch strips

3.  Print our patterns. Be sure they have printed to the correct size. See "Pattern" above for information on creating the triangle pattern.

Lay the right triangle in the lower right corner of your strip block.
lower right corner
 
4.  Cut a background piece of fabric 6¼" square. cut it on the diagonal from the upper right to the lower left. Lay the strip piece right side up, with the pattern piece pinned into place in the lower right corner. Place The background fabric triangle right side down on the strip piece so that the fabric overlaps the paper pattern piece. The fabric edge should come to the dashed line on the pattern piece. line up lower right fabric
 
5.  Stitch1/4" the the edge of the fabric, right along the edge of the paper. This stitches the background piece to the strip piece, using a 1/4" seam allowance. Pull away the paper pattern (see step 6 below). If you caught the pattern in your stitching, gently pull away the pattern and remove any paper pieces from the line of stitching.

Press seam open. Notice that the background piece crosses the trip piece at precesely 5" on each side at the 1/4" seam allowance. This means that when the entire piece is finished, the background pieces will run 5" up the side and will to the center on the bottom.
press lower right triangle
 
6.  Repeat step 5 on the left side. Pull away the paper pattern.

pull away paper pattern
 
7.  Press left triangle seam open. Trim the block edges. The block should measure 10.5" wide x 8.5" high at this point.

trim lower valentine block
 
8.  Cut away the underlying strip triangle corners on the right and left side.

cut_away_corner

NOTE ABOUT POINTS

If you measured precisely, you will have about ½" beneath the point. Be sure that you have at least 1/4" space beyond your base point. This allows for a seam allowance. If you do not have this space, your points will be cut off when the seams are sewn. For more information on sewing points, go to our
Free Quilt Lessons: Chapter 2.
point seam allowance






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