SCRAPPY HEART BLOCKS
A tutorial from Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter
Finished block size: 14″ square
½ yard of lightweight interfacing per block
This quilt is perfectly suited to digging through your scrap bin and using up those oddly shaped pieces. The blocks can be as scrappy as you’d like, using as many different fabrics as you’d like. We encourage you to find at least eight different reds and five different whites, just for funsies and to create superior contrast.
If using eighth yard cuts, cut (2) 3 1/8” x 3 1/8” squares and (13) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares from each fabric.
To create each finished block, you will need:
(24) 2 ½” x 2 ½” white squares
(4) 3 1/8” x 3 1/8” white squares
— plus —
(17) 2 ½” x 2 ½” red squares
(4) 3 1/8” x 3 1/8” red squares
Half Square Triangles
Start by sewing the half square triangles. Draw a diagonal line across all of your 3 1/8” white squares using the 45° guide on your ruler.
It’s time to chain sew! Start with those 3 1/8″ squares using one white square and one red square (right sides together), sew a ¼” away from each side of the diagonal line
Cut along center line.
Press seams open. (We typically press our seams open around Crimson Tate, but you don’t have to be as persnickety if you absolutely hate it)
Trim half square triangles down to 2 ½” x 2 ½”.
Tip: Make your first two cuts a little bit larger than 2 ½”, then make your last two exactly 2 ½” in order to trim all four sides and remove the dog ears. See video below.
Designing Your Block
Shortcut alert! The following steps will save you oodles of time. Thanks to our friend Ellesquare who taught us this method in her Friday Night Brights quilt pattern.
On the ironing board, lay out your piece of interfacing glue side up. As you place your squares right sides up, be as careful as possible to leave the same amount of space between your squares (about 1/8”). Make sure your squares are not overlapping or touching. It will resemble a nicely tiled kitchen floor when finished.
Using the pick-and-pluck method, fuse the squares in place, taking care to not run over large areas of exposed interfacing. You may want to dig out your handy dandy pressing cloth.
Fold first row of squares over the second row (right sides together) and sew with a ¼” seam. Continue in this manner for each horizontal row, being sure to flip the previous rows out as to not catch them in your next seam.
Iron your seams open. In this instance, pressing your seam open is strongly advised – the interfacing adds a lot of bulk to the seam.
Tip: Finger press your seams open before you go for the iron. Easy-peasy!
Rinse and repeat! This time, sew the vertical columns together. Again, use a ¼” seam allowance, sew slowly, and try to keep the seams you just pressed open, well… open!
Voila! We’re done! That’s a wrap! You did it! Make Valentines for all the precious lil’ lovers in your life! Big thanks to the Quilt Guild of Indianapolis who chose the heart block as their block for February which is where we drew our inspiration.