March is going to be my heart month, its lovely to be back at my quilt table and playing with my heart templates. I always draw around my heart templates, then cut them out, I find it too difficult to cut them using my small 28mm rotary cutter, its just as quick to draw them then cut them. I also use a small blanket stitch to stitch down around the shapes, its quick and easy.
All my heart templates have “crosshairs” on them, these are to help you align the heart shape to the centre of the block. Lightly press two creases in your backing fabric square, lay on top the cut out fabric heart, then place the template on top of that, move the heart shape to align as necessary.
Today I have been making blocks with the 6″ and 2″ heart templates, here are the results.
This is the first block. I started with a 12 1/2″ square of light pink homespun fabric. Then cut out the 6″ heart and 3 2″ heart shapes. Add double creases as shown and start by stitching down the centre heart, then the 3 smaller ones.
This is my second block, also using a 12 1/2″ square to start with. I stitched down the top 6″ heart first, and only stitching where it can be seen i.e. not underneath the second block as it might create a ridge. I then placed the second 6″ heart in place, then the 2″ one. I stitched this 2″ heart next, then the last 6″ heart.
And finally I made some simple blocks using the 6″ heart with the 2″ heart on top. I used 9 1/2″ squares this time to start and the sashing was all done using 2 1/2″ strips. The striped pieces were made using 2 1/2″ squares. On reflection, I shouldn’t have added the stripes as they stand out too much, never mind, there is always tomorrow! Did you know that you can get four 9 1/2″ blocks across the width of your fabric, therefore if you want to make a child’s quilt similar to this, you will need 9 blocks, (3 * 9 1/2″), 28 1/2″ to buy for your base block fabric.
My next challenge is to create some blocks using all my heart sizes, watch this space.