Random Sampler QAL – Heart

May 23, 2013 § 6 Comments

We are now on the downward slope of the Random Sampler QAL.  After this month’s block there are only 3 more blocks!  Woohoo!  So, I’ve been thinking about how to wrap this up.  A couple of thoughts have been floating around in the back of my head.

One…

I think it would be great to add some numbers and/or letters to the quilt.  At the very least, the year that it was made.

Two…

Twelve blocks certainly aren’t enough blocks for an entire quilt. Even if you’ve made multiple of each block.  Though it certainly could be, depending on what size you are intending to make.  So, I’m thinking of adding a post of tutorials I’ve found around on the internet that would be fun blocks to add to this quilt.

But for now, let’s get May’s block underway.  I saw something similar to this on the Internet and thought it would be a fun block to add to our quilt.

The Basic Block

The finished block size is 6 inches, 6 1/2 inches including seam allowances.

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1. Choose two fabrics – a dark for the heart (mine is red) and a light for the background (mine is white). If you are making the easy version, choose a novelty fabric, or a text fabric, or sew a bunch of scraps together for the 3rd fabric (mine is the alphabet fabric).

From the dark (red) fabric cut:

  • 1 – 3 7/8″ square, cut in half diagonally once to yield 2 triangles
  • 2 – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles

From the light (white) fabric cut:

  • 1 – 3 7/8″ square, cut in half diagonally once to yield 2 triangles
  • 4 – 1 1/2″ squares

From the novelty fabric cut:

  • 1 – 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle

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2. With right sides together, sew together a 3 7/8″ light background triangle to a 3 7/8″ dark (red) triangle.  Press the seam open. Make two and sew them together to form the bottom section of the heart. Press the seam open.

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3.  With a pencil, mark the diagonal on the wrong side of the four 1 1/2″ light background squares.  Place a 1 1/2″ light background square in each corner of the 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ dark (red) rectangle.  Sew along the marked diagonal and trim away the corner leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Press the seams open.  Make two and sew them together to form the top section of the heart. Press the seam open

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4. If you are making the simple version, sew the top heart section to the top of the 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ novelty section pressing the seam towards the center.  Then sew the bottom heart section to the novelty fabric pressing the seam towards the center.  Make as many as you wish!

Or… Be Adventurous!

If you want to venture out and play with your block a bit, then continue reading…

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The center section is basically 3 – 2-inch finished blocks. (2 1/2″ including seam allowances)  You may insert what ever you would like as long as it adds up to a 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle before sewing it into the block.  You could add stars or baby hearts or even just scraps.  I decided that I wanted to try some mini flying geese.  I arranged them so that they were all pointing in the same direction. But you could even toss them up a bit if you like.

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1.  For the flying geese version choose a medium fabric (mine is orange) for the geese and a light fabric (mine is white) for the sky.

From the medium (orange) fabric cut:

  • 6 – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

From the light (white) fabric cut:

  • 12 – 1 1/2″ squares

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2. With a pencil, mark the diagonal on the wrong side of the 1 1/2″ light sky squares.

With right sides together, place a 1 1/2″ light sky square in the corner of a 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ geese rectangle.  Sew on the diagonal pencil mark.  Trim away the corner leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam open.

Repeat in other corner of the geese rectangle to form a flying geese block. Make six and sew them together to form the center unit of the heart block.  Press all the seams going in one direction.

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3. This time, the center seam of the heart top & heart bottom should be pressed in the opposite direction as the flying geese seams.  Sew the heart top & heart bottom units to the flying geese unit. Press the seams away from the flying geese.

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And… the back side… so that you can see the pressing direction of the seams.

I can’t wait to see what you all do to personalize this block!

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Note:  If you click on the photos above, you will be taken to a larger version.  In tutorial posts, the process photos are hosted here on my blog and only the first one takes you to Flickr.  But, in normal blog posts all photos lead back to my Flickr account and you can see larger photos there.  For those who don’t have a Flickr account, MAJOR changes were made this week to Flickr and it now may be confusing to find the larger photos. If you right click on the photo  (I don’t know the Mac equivalent) you will have options to view the photos larger.  We are all getting used to this new Flickr format. I am just as lost as you are!

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