This is the first block for the quilt and is called a Striped Heart. It measures 9.5 squared when finished with a border. Without the border it is 8 inches. I’m sewing the border on in advance as part of the block itself to coordinate with sashing in between the blocks. You’ll see as we go along.
Fabric Requirements for this block. As I said earlier, this can be used with either FQ, yardage or just plain scraps. I’m using scraps as I believe in using what I have before the scraps take over my sewing room! I actually used 4 different 6 inch charms and have enough left over for another block, so it doesn’t use much fabric at all. You will need 4 different red or pink prints for this block.
White Fabric, tone or WOW
4 7/8 x 4 7/8 inch (1) Cut into triangle. You will use this with Red or Pink Print #1.
2 x 2 inch squared (4)
Red or Pink Print #1 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 (1) Cut into triangle
Red or Pink Print #2 4 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (2) You will use with #3.
Red or Pink Print #3 4 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (2) You will use with #2.
Red or Pink Print #4 4 1/2 x 2 inches These will become your flying geese units with the four from the white fabric.
Just to let you know, the pattern I was using must of have been written and then translated from another language as I had a lot of problems understanding the pattern, so I am rewriting so it’s a little easier to follow. I also am a visual learner and believe that pictures can tell you more than words can, so my instructions are usually brief and to the point. In advance, I should let you know it’s easier for me to just go ahead and do the pattern than it is for me to write it, so please be patient with me! Thank you in advance.
STEP ONE AND TWO: I combined both steps to make it easier (and I also forgot to take a picture). Now that we have our fabric chosen and cut, we can get started on the actual sewing. As you can see from the unfinished block, it goes together fairly quickly (once you understand the original directions). Believe me, I had to do a little frogging to get this done before I was happy with it. This is a sample block, so please do not judge my work from my sample. I actually can sew straight! LOL!!
As you can see above, you will need your red #2 and red #3 pieces. Sew one red to the other red and repeat. Then sew both units together. Doesn’t matter which way as it will work out.
STEP THREE: This has a few more steps than the first but if you can do a flying geese, you will be okay.
STEP #5: Now take the triangles, sew them together to form 2 squares.
And place them so:
STEP 6: Then sew together the 2 blocks, and then attach to the bottom part of the block, and you have your first block done! That is, if you decide to do the border later. Personally, I like doing the border at the same time.
And here is the finished block!
For the borders, I used 1.5 inch strips, two were 8.5 inches for the top and bottom, and the other two were 10 inches for the sides, making a very simple but pretty frame for this block.
You will need 4 of these blocks in different reds and whites.
Thank you for playing along! The next block will be posted sometime this coming Sunday, Jan 30. See you then!