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“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.

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28 Comments

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    Jennifer Rodriguez
    October 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

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

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    robin chapa
    October 3, 2012 at 8:19 am

    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 🙂

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski
    October 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Great block Amy! Thanks for the tutorial.

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    Tracy
    October 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

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

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    Lori Holt
    October 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

    What a great cause to participate in…I love your heart block Amy.<br />I&#39;m sure I will be seeing lots of quilts made using your fun tutorial:)

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    Chris
    October 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

    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!

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    Maria
    October 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Thanks for the tutorial they are adorable.

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    Märchen und Meer
    October 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

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

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    Anita
    October 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Lovely block and excellent tutorial. Thank you.

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    Amber
    October 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Cute blocks! Great tutorial!<br /><br />Amber

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    Kim Walus
    October 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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

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    Tracee
    October 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing those blocks look amazing.

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    Katy Cameron
    October 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm

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

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    Gina
    October 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm

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

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    Shontelle
    October 4, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Lovely block – thanks for the tutorial!

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    Heather
    October 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

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

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    CathyK
    October 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

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

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    Leah
    October 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Love the block! Super pretty!

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    Shop Girl
    October 4, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    My, My, haven&#39;t we been a busy girl! Great tutorial, great cause &amp; love the new look of your blog. Your quite something (special) Thanks for the inspriation!

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    Shabby Marilyn
    January 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

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

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    Nanny
    February 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Great tutorial!.. Thanks!.

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    Casey Kiley
    January 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    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&#39; hand prints.

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    Val Spiers
    February 9, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Love this block. Just discovered it on pinterest. Thanks for the tutorial.<br />valspierssews

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    Mandy
    October 17, 2014 at 9:05 pm

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

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    Merry
    October 17, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks so much for your wonderful tutorial for this block. I really enjoyed making it for my swap partner. Off to check other blocks on this wonderful site.

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    Lynn H.
    November 28, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Very nice!

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    Jean
    February 7, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Love the hearts…love everything you do, really 💕 Thanks for the inspiration.

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