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
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.
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.
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.
5. Pin and sew the 2 1/2″ x 42 1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the quilt, press.
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.
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).
If you need another fun Heart project, I have a free pattern for this cute heart mini quilt you can find here.
Leave any questions in the comments and I’ll try to answer them there!