Simple Hearts Quilt + Free Pattern

Simple Heart Quilt Free Quilt Pattern

I’ve been meaning to update my first simple heart quilt tutorial for years, so this is just a fresh update!   

I also finally made a pretty printable pattern for Heart Blocks in multiple sizes you can find here.  

Simple Hearts Quilt Instructions: 

Finished Quilt:  42″ x 44″ 

Heart finished block size:  6″ square

Materials:  

Fabrics for Hearts:  50 strips 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ (scrap strips, or use 9 fat eighths and cut 6 strips from each)

Background fabric:  1 5/8 yard

  • Cut 4 strips 1 1/4″ x width of the fabric.  Sub-cut the strips each into 25 squares 1 1/4″, 100 total. 
  • Cut 5 strips 3 1/2″ x width of the fabric.  Sub-cut the strips each into 10 squares 3 1/2″, 50 total. 
  • Cut 5 strips 2 1/2″ x width of the fabric.  Sub-cut the strips each into 5 strips 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, 25 total. 
  • Cut 8 strips 2 1/2″ x width of the fabric.  Trim 6 strips to 40 1/2″, and trim 2 strips to 42 1/2″ (if the strip 42 1/2″ wide, cut another strip and piece strips together).

Block and Assembly Instructions: 

1. Make 25 heart blocks using the 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ print strips, 3 1/2″ background squares, and 1 1/4″ background squares.  Follow the instructions found in  my free Heart Block pattern printout for the 6″ blocks (click here or below), the blocks will be 6 1/2″ unfinished.

Heart Blocks Pattern (printable)

Free Heart Quilt pattern

2.  Sew a 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background strip to the bottom of 15 of the heart blocks.  Sew a 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ to the top of the remaining 10 heart blocks.  

Free Heart Quilt pattern

3.  Sew the heart blocks into 5 columns of 5 heart blocks each, alternating columns of blocks with the strip sewn to the bottom or the top.  Press.

4.  Pin and sew a 2 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ sashing strip in between each column and to the side of the first column and last column.  Press. 

Free Heart Quilt pattern

5.  Pin and sew the 2 1/2″ x 42 1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the quilt, press.  

Free Heart Quilt pattern

This is a super easy one to upsize.  Just add more blocks to each column or more column, and increase the length of the sashing strips to match the length of the columns.  You’ll need 3/8 yard of binding fabric, cut into 5 strips 2 1/2″ x the width of the fabric.  

Simple Heart Quilt Free Quilt Pattern

And that’s it!   I’ll never tire of seeing heart quilts! 

I finished this quilt with my walking foot in a wavy stitch.  On my Bernina it’s stitch 4, with the stitch width set to 5 and the length set to 3.  The backing is the aqua floral from my Dixie fabric line (from a few years ago). 

Simple Heart Quilt Free Quilt Pattern

Simple Heart Quilt Free Quilt Pattern

If you need another fun Heart project, I have a free pattern for this cute heart mini quilt you can find here.

I Heart You, Free Mini Quilt Pattern

 

 

Leave any questions in the comments and I’ll try to answer them there!

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Shimmer block-a-long

Shimmer Quilt Block

This week I finally started making another  Shimmer quilt .   This will be a perfect winter/spring project, and I’m going to take it slow(ish).  I’m going to make 4 blocks a month, so by July I’ll have 20 blocks for a throw size.

Want to join me?

 These blocks are really fun to make!

Shimmer Quilt Block

I put the Shimmer Pattern on sale (PDF here, Paper copy here), in case you want to sew along with me.

 I’ll be sharing my blocks in a post in the last week of each month.   If you are on Instagram, you can add your blocks with the hashtag #shimmerquilt (there are some BEAUTIFUL quilts already there for inspiration!).

Shimmer Quilt Pattern

I cut all of my white/background fabrics at once so it’s out of the way, and I’m going to choose different fabrics each month for my blocks.  There is a diagram with each cutting size in the pattern so you can cut what you need for only one block.

You could make 1 block a week, or whip out 4 blocks in a sewing session…whatever works.  Things are pretty low key over here!

Shimmer Quilt

Just think…by the time you have your blocks done it will be SUMMER again.  Time flies by too fast!

If you want to join me, the Shimmer pattern can be found here on sale, get your background fabric all cut out and ready, and if you need fabric inspiration, visit here!

 

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Evergreen Quilt + Tutorial

Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial

Since I live in the Evergreen State, it’s only fitting to call this my Evergreen quilt. 

I made a handful of extra tree blocks when I was testing them for my Suburbs quilt, so I figured why not make a few more and put them to good use?!  These are quick and addicting to make, and a good first project trying templates if you haven’t ever used them. 

Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial

Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial

I included some quick instructions for making this quilt below.  It’s a fast sew, and a good use of the random leftover green fabrics I had stuffed into my stash. 

Tree Block Pattern

Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial

The finished quilt measures 49″ x 55″.  

  1.  Make 35 tree blocks using this printable tree block pattern.  
  2. Cut 35 strips 2 1/2″ x 7 1/2″.  Sew a strip to the bottom of 20 tree blocks.  Sew a strip to the top of 15 tree blocks.  Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial3.  Layout the blocks into 5 rows of 7 blocks each, alternating between blocks with strips at the bottom or top.  Sew blocks together to form rows, and sew the rows together to make the quilt top.  I like to press my seams open, but you could also alternate pressing directions if you press to the side.   Don’t worry too much if you are sewing some of your points off a little or they aren’t perfect as you sew the quilt together…especially if you are a beginner!

Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial

Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial

I did a super fast finish and quilted this with wavy lines on my Bernina with the walking foot.  I use stitch 4, and set the width to 5.5 and the stitch length to 3. 

Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial

We are still hoping for some snow here in Seattle this winter…but for now it feels like Spring already.  It’s 52 degrees and sunny, and Jane and I already walked through the park today after running errands.  No complaints here!

 

 

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