Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is the day of love and hearts - Happy Valentine's Day! 

Back in January, I shared a post full of free heart patterns from multiple designers, and now it's time for a free heart block from me - an outlined heart. This heart block has an unfinished size of 9" x 12 1/2", and uses the stitch 'n flip method, suitable for confident beginners - let's get started!

Materials for 1 block
1 fat quarter each of red, background, and outline fabric

Cutting for 1 block
Cut the following, labeling each piece.
Outline Fabric:
OA    1 (one) 7″ x 7″ square
OB    2 (two) 2″ x 31/2″ rectangles
OC    2 (two) 2″ x 2″ squares
OD    2 (two) 11/2″ x 61/2″ rectangles

BA    1 (one) 7″ x 7″ square
BB    2 (two) 11/2″ x 11/2″ squares
BC    2 (two) 3″ x 3″ squares

HA   1 (one) 5″ x 5″ square

HB    2 (two) 2″ x 5″ rectangles

Block Construction

Make the lower hearts
Mark a diagonal on each 7″ x 7″ background square (BA) and each red 5″ x 5″ square (HA).
Place BA and OA right sides together, stitch a scant 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal line. Cut on line for two HST’s. Trim to 61/2″ x 61/2″. Press.
Place marked HA's on top of OA's, stitch on the line. Trim excess. Press.

Make upper heart units
Mark diagonal lines on 2 (two) outline 2″ x 2″ squares OC.
Place on ends of 2 (two) red 2″ x 5″ rectangles (HB) stitch on line. Trim excess, press to HB.
Lay outline fabric 2″ x 31/2″ rectangles (OB) on the other end of each unit, drawing a diagonal line on each as shown. Stitch on line. Trim excess, press.

Make upper outline units
Mark diagonal lines on 2 (two) background 11/2″ x 11/2″ squares (BB). Place on ends of 2 (two) outline 11/2″ x 61/2″ rectangles (OD), as shown. Stitch on line. Trim excess, press.

Stitch upper heart units to lower heart units, nesting seams, and matching any others. Press seam open.
Add upper outline units to top, pressing seam open.
Stitch both heart halves together, press seam open.

Mark diagonal lines on each 3″ x 3″ background square BC.
Place on upper corners over OB and OD. Stitch on the line. Trim and press for final block.

Need more hearts? How about a parade of my Valentine quilt patterns, available in my Etsy shop

The newest addition, Wrap Up Some Love, is full of hearts and adorable kitties. It's my current favorite to snuggle under!
Wrap Up Some Love quilt by QuiltFabrication
The rest of the list includes table runners:
Love Match, with it's striking red, black, and white theme
Love Match table runner by QuiltFabrication

Love Abounds, full of beautiful interlocking applique hearts in two versions: 
as outlines
Love Abounds table runner by QuiltFabrication
or filled in
Love Abounds II table runner by QuiltFabrication

Sweetheart table runner, an easy pieced and scrappy runner
Sweetheart table runner by QuiltFabrication
and the Heart to Heart table runner of stacked hearts, with matching place mats.
Heart to heart table runner by QuiltFabrication
With all these hearts, I'm wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!

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