Scrappy Heart Block Tutorial – INLove

SCRAPPY HEART BLOCKS

A tutorial from Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter

Finished block size: 14″ square

Image

Supplies

½ yard of lightweight interfacing per block

oodles of scraps of whites and reds (or if you need yardage, 1/8 yards of a goodly amount will suffice)

This quilt is perfectly suited to digging through your scrap bin and using up those oddly shaped pieces. The blocks can be as scrappy as you’d like, using as many different fabrics as you’d like. We encourage you to find at least eight different reds and five different whites, just for funsies and to create superior contrast.

If using eighth yard cuts, cut (2) 3 1/8” x 3 1/8” squares and (13) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares  from each fabric.

Cutting

To create each finished block, you will need:

(24) 2 ½”  x 2 ½”  white squares

(4) 3 1/8” x 3 1/8” white squares

— plus —

(17) 2 ½” x 2 ½” red squares

(4) 3 1/8” x 3 1/8” red squares

Image

Half Square Triangles

Start by sewing the half square triangles. Draw a diagonal line across all of your 3 1/8” white squares using the 45° guide on your ruler.

Image

It’s time to chain sew! Start with those 3 1/8″ squares using one white square and one red square (right sides together), sew a ¼” away from each side of the diagonal line

Image

Image

Image

Cut along center line.

Image

Press seams open. (We typically press our seams open around Crimson Tate, but you don’t have to be as persnickety if you absolutely hate it)

Trim half square triangles down to 2 ½” x 2 ½”.

Image

Tip: Make your first two cuts a little bit larger than 2 ½”, then make your last two exactly 2 ½” in order to trim all four sides and remove the dog ears. See video below.

Designing Your Block

Shortcut alert! The following steps will save you oodles of time. Thanks to our friend Ellesquare who taught us this method in her Friday Night Brights quilt pattern.

On the ironing board, lay out your piece of interfacing glue side up. As you place your squares right sides up, be as careful as possible to leave the same amount of space between your squares (about 1/8”). Make sure your squares are not overlapping or touching. It will resemble a nicely tiled kitchen floor when finished.

Image

Using the pick-and-pluck method, fuse the squares in place, taking care to not run over large areas of exposed interfacing. You may want to dig out your handy dandy pressing cloth.

Image

Sewing

Fold first row of squares over the second row (right sides together) and sew with a ¼” seam. Continue in this manner for each horizontal row, being sure to flip the previous rows out as to not catch them in your next seam.

Image

Image

On the wrong side of the block, trim a scant 1/8” from your seam allowance as to remove the folded interfacing from all six seams. Image

Iron your seams open. In this instance, pressing your seam open is strongly advised – the interfacing adds a lot of bulk to the seam.

Tip: Finger press your seams open before you go for the iron. Easy-peasy!

Image

Rinse and repeat! This time, sew the vertical columns together. Again, use a ¼” seam allowance, sew slowly, and try to keep the seams you just pressed open, well… open!

Image

Image

Trim seams you just sewed.  Iron open seams. Image

Voila! We’re done! That’s a wrap! You did it! Make Valentines for all the precious lil’ lovers in your life!  Big thanks to the Quilt Guild of Indianapolis who chose the heart block as their block for February which is where we drew our inspiration.

11 thoughts on “Scrappy Heart Block Tutorial – INLove

  1. Pingback: Corações em Patchwork e um modo prático de fazer | Arte com Tecidos

  2. Oh! Now I understand. Thank you again Heather for always being incredibly kind and listening to be prattle on and on about fabric. Your shop is my favorite lunchtime de-stresser.

  3. Pingback: #QuiltsForPulse | Alexis Brandenburger

  4. Pingback: Quilts for Pulse Nightclub @ Crimson Tate | Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter

  5. Pingback: quilts for pulse | mucho xoxo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s