CANDY HEARTS QUILT ♥ ♥ ♥





CANDY HEARTS

This quilt is perfect for that favorite little girl of yours or even as a whimsical Valentine's Day throw.  Bind it or add a ruffle for extra charm!
 
All fabrics are Plume by Tula Pink

 
 
1 charm pack
1 1/2 yards of light background fabric
6 jelly roll strips for sashing
7 yards of jumbo ric rac
1/2 yard for binding
3 yards for backing (you will have some left over, which you could use for the binding if you want :)

2 yards for ruffle











1.  Create a heart template by cutting a 5" square piece of paper.  Fold it in half and cut out half a heart that measures exactly 4 3/4" from top to bottom.
  
 

2.  Fold one charm square in half, right sides together.  Place the folded heart template on the fold of your fabric and trace with a pencil.  With fabric still folded, cut out the half-heart on the traced line.  Repeat with 34 more charm squares to make a total of 35 hearts.  Set hearts aside.

 



3.  Cut out five 7 1/2" x width of fabric strips out of the light background fabric.  Trim each strip down to 40 1/2". 


4.  To mark the placement of the hearts, fold each strip in half and iron on the fold to mark the center.  Then fold the two ends into the center mark and iron on those two folds.  Lastly, fold the two ends in again meeting at the last two fold marks, creating a total of 5 fold marks in the strip.  The placement for the last two hearts is exactly 5" to the right of the second fold mark and the fourth fold mark. Use a clear ruler to measure 5" away from those fold lines and then line up the center of the two hearts there.






5.  Lay out the hearts on the fold marks according to the diagram below:


 
  

6.  Center the heart on the fold marks with the point of the heart 1 3/8" away from the edge of the fabric. Pin or glue baste into place.  I used a few dots of Appli-glue on each half of the heart.
 

7.  Sew 1/4" inside edge of hearts creating a raw edge that will fray when washed.  Clip threads on front and back.  Repeat for all 5 strips of hearts.


8.  For sashing: Use a pencil to mark a line down the middle of each jelly roll strip. Pin or glue baste a piece of ric rac onto the marked line, leaving an inch or two on either end in case of fraying (trim just before sewing on borders). 


 

Outer curves of ric rac will be about 1/2" away from edge of jelly roll strips. 


Stitch down the middle of the ric rac using a thread color that blends.


 
Repeat with the other 5 sashing strips.

9.  Sew heart rows and sashing strips together, beginning and ending with sashing strips.  Press seams towards sashing.  Trim ric rac after all of the rows of hearts and sashing are sewn together.

10.  For borders:  Cut five 2 1/2" x width of fabric background fabric for the borders.  

 
Trim two of the strips to 40 1/2" and sew to the top and bottom of the quilt top.  Sew the other 3 strips end to end.  Measure through the middle of the quilt from top to bottom.  Cut two border strips that length and sew to the sides of your quilt.  Press seams towards border.  

11.  To piece your back, cut your 3 yards of fabric in half to make two 1 1/2 yard cuts.  Cut off the selvages and then sew the two long edges together.  This will create a horizontal seam on the back of your quilt.  You will have some left over, which you could use for your binding if you want.    

12.  Quilt and bind! If you wish to do a ruffle instead of a regular binding, then continue reading...

 Ruffle Instructions

If you wish to do a ruffle, then leave 1/2" of unquilted space around the entire edge of the quilt.  When your quilt is done being quilted DO NOT trim your batting and backing to line up with the quilt top (like you normally would after it's quilted).  Instead, trim the back and batting so that they're about an inch or so bigger than the top.
 
1.  Create the ruffle:  Cut twelve 6" strips of fabric.  Cut off selvages.  Sew all of the pieces end to end and then sew the beginning and the ending edges together to make one big ring of fabric.  Make sure that it's not twisted.  

2.  Iron the entire ring of fabric in half with wrong sides together.
 

3.  Gather the ruffle: Use DMC floss and a zig zag stitch to make the "pull" to gather the fabric. 


First, set your zig zag on its longest stitch length.  You'll also need to adjust the width of the zig zag so that it doesn't go past 1/4" from the raw edge of the fabric.  You might want to do a practice run to get the settings just right.

Hold the DMC floss under the center of where your zig zag will be and go back and forth (in place) a couple of times to secure the floss.  Leave a few extra inches of floss hanging at the beginning to grab onto when it's time to gather.  Continue centering the floss under the zig zag while you sew the entire edge around your ring of ruffle fabric.
 


Sew back and forth again at the end to secure the floss.  Leave a few extra inches of floss at the ending point as well.  

4.  Mark the two halfway points of the ring of fabric and pin those to opposite corners of the quilt.  Working with the fabric between two points, pull the DMC floss while cinching up the fabric.  Work with it until the fabric is evenly dispersed over that half of the quilt and then do the same on the opposite side of the quilt.  

5.  Using a 3/8" seam allowance, sew the ruffle onto the  front of your quilt top being VERY careful not to catch the batting or the backing under your stitches. 

6.  After you've sewn the entire ruffle, on use scissors to trim the batting about 1/8" away from your seam. 

7.  Hand stitch the backing onto the ruffle, turning under the raw edge as you go.  

 






45" x 54" quilt

44 comments:

jaybird said...

adorable!! i want to make one right now!

Kristy said...

This is so adorable and the tut makes me think I could do it this weekend!

rachel griffith said...

*gasp*
how stinkin' cute is this?!?!
i really ♥ it.

i even smacked myself and said, "why didn't i think of that???"
:P

Tasha said...

That is just darling. I love it!

Annelies Dease said...

I have been waiting for this tutorial ever since I saw the first quilt on your blog. You DID a great job. Now to get started. I have a new Granddaughter ( Clare) who NEEDS this quilt!!!

michelleml said...

I think i might try this one. I've only made a rag quilt and currently working on a i spy quilt for my son. This would be perfect for my daughther.
Thanks for sharing

Debra said...

This is soooo cute!!! I just HAVE to make one for my baby girl. I love it!!!!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

Simply Adorable!

Bradie Sparrow said...

So sweet! The ruffle is just right to finish it off!

Nicole said...

very cute, I love the ric rac. I bet it's even cuter after it's been through the wash!

Laurie said...

Great job - this is perfect for a couple of charity quilts I need to make! THANK YOU!!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Totally beyond cute, just downright adorable! And jumbo ric rac? Doesn't get any better!

Still need to make a charity quilt with fabric from Myra and Cori of Blue Meadow designs, so I'm thinking this just might be it!

Thanks for sharing your cleverness (is that even a word?) ! :)

MGM

eamylove said...

Congratulations on having this posted on MBS! I loved the version you made first, too.

Kris said...

Okay! It's unanimous! This quilt is adorable,stinkin' cute, darling, perfect and sweet. And I'll increase that to a gorgeous. Love it!

lissa said...

Yeah! Love it! thanks!

Melissa Stramel said...

Wow this is cute! Can't wait to make it.

Meet Virginia said...

OHHHHH! I must have this one its so so cute!

~Morgan

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/MeetVirginiaShop

Madame Samm said...

You are the correct spice sprinkled on all of our lives...Your tut was indeed heartfelt. Keep us inspired Amber, you have all the right ingredients. blessings madame samm

Katie B. said...

Very cute! I love the ric-rack.

Mumin Mamma said...

Wow! This is so lovely!
I have to try this one!

Sherry said...

I just love it! Thanks, great tutorial.

Andrea said...

This is just so stunning and beautiful...what a great project!

Kim Walus said...

Amber your project turned out WONDERFUL! The fabrics really show off your design and it's so darling, bright, and happy. Any little girl would just LOVE this quilt.

motherof3 said...

Love this - totally cute and quick to make. Would love to have a pdf.

Ellyn said...

ah I have heart blocks from a swap & have been wondering what to do with them! Will do something similar to this.... so adorable!

Jennifer said...

Too cute! I am loving this for V-day quilts for my twins.

Reed and Nat's Family said...

Congratulations Amber. I love it with the ruffle.

KristenMary said...

I'm blown away by the simplicity of this design and yet it is sophisticated too! Great colors! Thanks for the tutorial!!

famr_4evr said...

So adorable. I have to follow you. Just scrolling down there were so many amazing things. Don't want to miss any!

Sophie said...

This is amazing! I love it!

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Elisabeth said...

wow this is too cute and it looks like it would be fairy fast. LOVE IT!

Peggy said...

This is really lovely. I wish I had seen it 2 months ago for my 14 year old granddaughters birthday.

Julie E. said...

I'm crossing my fingers that my sisters sonogram shows a girl... I want to make this!!

ohthecuteness said...

Cuuute! I want one.

Terri Smith said...

This quilt is absolutely the cutest thing ever! Thanks so much for the sensational tutorial, Terri Smith
http://dimplesdragonflies.com

Robin said...

I love this quilt so much, I have to make it! I am a beginner and it looks fairly easy.

DutchQuilter said...

This is so cute! I wish I knew someone expecting a baby. Wait a minute...I can make it and be ready for one on time for a change. LOL

kristen hess said...

I absolutely LOVE it!

Anonymous said...

I want to thank u for the pattern, I made this quilt for my first Great grand daughter. It turned out great!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pattern. I jsut finished it for out first Great grand daughter.
Thank you.
Pat in Tn

jojo said...

c est super joli bravo bises

stledna said...

I had cross-stitched my neice a blanket when she had her 1st girl, it took "Forever" so I was looking for something a little less time consuming this is it! I love this quilt koodos!!!!

Amy said...

so do you still remember how you made this AMAZING quilt?! I have only made rag quilts, but I would love to make this into 2 twin size quilts for my daughters...do you think you could help me figure out how to do that? I love it!!!

Principal in Queens said...

This quilt is so adorable! Question-- did you quilt over the ric rac? I've got it pieced together and am now trying to figure out whether to stiple or echo hearts over the quilt. Thanks!!