Monday, 4 November 2013

6 inch Heart Block

This heart block is perfect for putting into a scrap quilt or to use as a label on the back of your quilt. You will need the following:
One 4" square heart fabric
Two 3.5" squares heart fabric
One 4" square background fabric
Four 1.5" squares background fabric
Take your 4" squares and layer them together right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner. Sew 1/4" seam on both sides of the line you drew. Cut apart on the drawn line. 
Press one of these pieces towards the heart fabric and the other towards the background. This makes the final assembly of the block easier as the seams will butt up against each other nice and easy and less bulk at the seams. 
Trim to 3.5" as shown. 
Take your four 1.5" squares and draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on each. Line them up at the top of your 3.5" squares as shown. 
Sew right on the drawn line this time. You can trim the pieces or leave them on. I chose to just trim the excess from the 1.5" squares, leaving the 3.5" squares in one piece. This minimizes any stretching that might happen while piecing. Press towards the corner. 
Now lay out your four pieced pieces in the heart shape. 
Sew together and press seams open. 
Sew that final seam, press open and your 6" heart block is done and ready to put in your quilt!
-Ann
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