Today is my day to participate in the Sew Red for Women Blog Tour and I will be sharing a tutorial for a 12" (12.5" unfinished) heart quilt block.
First of all a little background. This Blog Hop was organized by Leah of Burgundy Buttons to raise funds and awareness for Heart Disease - the leading cause of death among women in the US. This is a cause that has a very personal connection for Leah as it has affected her own immediate family.
Starting last February there has been a quilt-block-tutorial each month. The blocks created will eventually go to charity quilts to raise additional funds for this cause. And you can create a quilt of your own in the process - there have been some really fun blocks. Go here for more information.
The fabrics I'm using are from Cosmo Cricket's Chemistry collection from last year. If you'd still like to use some of these prints for your own blocks, fabric packs are available here.
I used four different 1/4 yard cuts to create my three 12" blocks.
Cutting requirements per 12" finished block
- (2) 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles
- (3) 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles
- (4) 3.5" squares
- (4) 1.5" squares
- (1) 4" square
- (1) 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle
- (6) 3.5" squares
- (1) 4" square
2 - Press seams open to create blocks as shown. Carefully sew 2 rectangles together. Press this seam open.
3. Take (2) Fabric C 3.5" squares and draw a single diagonal line on the back. Place them on top of the bottom half of (2) Fabric B 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles. Sew seam directly ON the drawn line and rotary cut off excess fabric.
Press Blocks open to look like this.
4 - Create (2) Flying Geese blocks using opposite prints from Fabrics B and C. Draw diagonal lines on the back of (2) Fabric B 3.5" squares and (2) Fabric C 3.5" squares.
Line up a 3.5" Fabric B 3.5" square on the right side of a Fabric C 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle and sew seam directly ON the drawn line. Repeat with a Fabric C 3.5" square placed on a Fabric B 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle. Carefully trim off excess fabric and press sides open.
7 - Press both units open and square-off the excess fabric to be exactly 3.5" squares.
And voila- a big heart-shaped quilt block.
Be sure to check out the Sew Red for Women blog for the other 8 blocks so far and a little extra motivation to take care of your own heart.