Just in time for Valentine's Day - I have a super fast heart quilt block tutorial! This came about because I wanted a block that was large, to cut through my stash of novelty fabrics, and I wanted the scrap pieces to be useful. And when I say large, I mean, this sucker takes up nearly a quarter yard of fabric for the main print!
Fabric Requirements for one block:
- Print - (2) 8.5" squares, (1) 9" square *note: this block is not directional fabric friendly at all. I used a directional fabric in my example to show how you can just ignore it, but I have another example at the end where it was impossible
- Neutral - (4) 3.5" squares, (1) 9" squares
Draw a line diagonally across the 9" neutral square, and stitch it right sides together to the 9" print square, 1/4" on each side of the marked line.
Cut the block in half on the marked line.
Square to 8.5". (I use the Quilt in a Day ruler.) Press one to the neutral fabric, and one to the print fabric.
Draw a line diagonally across the 3.5" neutral squares, and a second line 1/2" from the diagonal. Lay two neutral squares on the 8.5" print square as shown. Stitch ON both marked lines.
Cut between the stitched lines.
Press the corners of one block toward the print, and the other toward the neutral. Square the bonus blocks to 2.5" and press toward the print fabric.
Layout the heart block and pinwheel as shown. (As I said, I ignored the directional print and turned the luggage tags every which-way to make it look deliberate.)
Sew the blocks together, pressing the final seams open.
And there you have it - a 16.5" unfinished heart, with a bonus 4.5" pinwheel!
You could use four blocks with 2.5" sashing and a border to make a baby quilt. A 3x4 layout makes a nice size lap quilt.
OR - you could do what I'm doing - adding 1.5" strips all around and making them into pillows. Because if you love something, it should definitely be on display on your couch or bed.
Or in your wine cellar! Here's what happens with directional fabric when you want to make it the right way.
I cut two 9" squares on the diagonal to get the print facing the right way.
And those extra triangles are kind of useless unless I want to make a sideways block. Which I might. Because I really do want to get rid of fabric.
And those bonus pinwheels? They're going to be an iSpy quilt. Because you know I can't start one stash busting project without accidentally creating another. (Is wine fabric appropriate for an iSpy quilt?) (Yes, I know some of the pinwheels are going the wrong way. Haven't decided if I'm fixing it or letting them spin the way they want.