Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Be good to your Heart" quilt block tutorial

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

Fabric A
  • (2) 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles
Fabric B
  • (3) 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles
  • (4) 3.5" squares
  • (4) 1.5" squares
  • (1) 4" square
Fabric C
  • (1) 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle
  • (6) 3.5" squares
  • (1) 4" square
1 - From Fabric B take (4) 1.5" squares and (2) 3.5" squares and draw a single diagonal line on the back of each. Place them on top of the (2) fabric A 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles as pictured above and sew them in place directly ON the drawn line.  Carefully trim excess fabric 1/4" away from the seams as pictured above.
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.
5- Repeat using 3.5" squares placed on 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles on opposite sides. Sew seam along line, trim excess fabric and press open sides to create two flying geese units.
6. Match up Fabric B and C 4" squares right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the lighter fabric. **This step is different than previous seams!** Sew a seam 1/4" away along BOTH SIDES of the diagonal line then rotary cut right on the line.
7 - Press both units open and square-off the excess fabric to be exactly 3.5" squares.
8 - Using all of your assembled units and the remaining Fabric C 3.5" squares layout the block to look like this. Assemble the units in three rows and then carefully sew the rows together.
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.


Jennifer Rodriguez said...

What a grèat cause! Love the fun for Valentine's day.. may have to make a whole quilt of these! XO

robin chapa said...

I'm not a "heartsy" person.... but these blocks are amazing! There is a Valentine's Day quilt in my future featuring this tutorial-- THANK YOU! And thanks for helping to raise awareness :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great block Amy! Thanks for the tutorial.

Tracy said...

Love them and a great cause! Thank you for the tutorial!

Lori Holt said...

What a great cause to participate in...I love your heart block Amy.
I'm sure I will be seeing lots of quilts made using your fun tutorial:)

Chris said...

VERY CUTE BLOCK!! I am doing the Sew Red For Women blocks and this is really PERFECT! You did a nice job bringing out the theme. :) Looking forward to making it!

Maria said...

Thanks for the tutorial they are adorable.

Märchen und Meer said...

wonderfull .love red .. I m a newscomer in this area .. but I love it

Anita said...

Lovely block and excellent tutorial. Thank you.

Amber said...

Cute blocks! Great tutorial!


Kim Walus said...

I LOVE your block Amy and hearts are my favorite so, WELL DONE!!!

Tracee said...

Thanks for sharing those blocks look amazing.

Katy Cameron said...

Love how you used the striped fabric in these :o)

Gina said...

Your post led me to look at all the other blocks on the tour! They are all fantastic including yours!!

Shontelle said...

Lovely block - thanks for the tutorial!

Heather said...

That is a really nice block, thanks so much for a tutorial :)

CathyK said...

What a great block! Thank you for the tutorial! P.S. I like your new blog look! (Unless I am crazy, it looks different?)

Leah said...

Love the block! Super pretty!

Shop Girl said...

My, My, haven't we been a busy girl! Great tutorial, great cause & love the new look of your blog. Your quite something (special) Thanks for the inspriation!

Shabby Marilyn said...

Newest follower! Thank you for the heart block, love your choice of fabric and colors!

Nanny said...

Great tutorial!.. Thanks!.

Casey Kiley said...

Thank you for this great tutorial. I used it to make wall hangings for the Grandmas this past Christmas, paired with blocks with the kiddos' hand prints.

Val Spiers said...

Love this block. Just discovered it on pinterest. Thanks for the tutorial.

Mandy said...

Looking for a block for a heart exchange and came across your blog tonight. Awesome tutorial!