Hi all! : ) This is Jera from http://www.quiltingintherain.com/ and I’m excited to be posting my 2nd MBS tutorial! I just LOVE the simplicity of this quilt.
The main heart blocks are made up of 4 charm squares. Easy peasy! For the other blocks, I cut out hearts from leftover charm squares and appliquéd them onto a solid white layer cake. To appliqué, I simply used fusible interfacing (e.g. steam-a-seam) and then stitched a ¼ inch seam around the perimeter of the heart. After a few washes, a cute little fringe will develop around the heart. It’s my favorite and fastest way to appliqué. Check out my 7-step tutorial below. =)
2 charm packs, Bliss
1 layer cake, Bliss
1 layer cake, solid white
½ yard inner border
4 yards backing
(Note for newbie’s: when I refer to “sewing,” always sew with right sides of fabric facing together, align the corners, pin the fabric so it stays in place, sew a ¼” seam, and then press open.)
Step 1 – Prep fabrics for the main heart blocks
Sort the charm squares by color and create 20 piles with 3 matching charm squares in each pile. Next, take 5 white layer cakes and cut (4) 5” squares from each. This will give you 20 white 5” squares. Distribute one white 5” square to each of the 20 piles you previously sorted.
Step 2 – Sew the main heart blocks
To make one main heart block, take one pile of charm squares (sorted from Step 1), and arrange them like the following picture. As shown below, sew the squares together to create 2 units.
Then, sew both units together to create one block. Repeat until you have all 20 blocks sewn.
Step 3 – Prep the white background for the appliqué blocks
Take 12 white layer cakes. Trim each one so they measure 9.5”x9.5”. Layer the fabric for faster cutting.
Step 4 –Follow steps A-G below to appliqué the hearts using steam-a-seam. Use leftover charm squares for the hearts. Repeat until you have a total of 12 appliquéd blocks.
A. From a 5”x5” piece of scrap paper, draw and cutout a heart as shown below. You will use this paper heart as a stencil for all the fabric hearts.
B. Next, cut out steam-a-seam to ~ 4.5” squares. As shown below, iron the steam-a-seam to the wrong side of a charm square.
C. Use a marker to trace the paper heart (cut from step A) on the wrong side of the charm square (onto the steam-a-seam layer).
D. Using fabric scissors, cut out the heart.
E. Peel off the steam-a-seam layer from the fabric heart.
F. Place the heart on the white 9.5” square (from step 3) and press in place.
You can arrange the hearts any way you like. Below is another fun idea…
G. Stitch a ¼” seam around the perimeter of the heart.
Step 5 – From your white layer cakes, cut the following (for faster cutting, stack your fabrics):
– Take 7 layer cakes and trim each one to measure a 9 7/8” square. As shown below, cut each 9 7/8” square in half diagonally to form 2 half square triangles. These will be the sides of your main quilt top.
-Take 2 layer cake squares and trim each one to measure a 7 5/8” square. As shown below, cut each 7 5/8” square in half diagonally to form 2 half square triangles each. These will be the corners of your main quilt top.
Step 6 – Arrange all your main blocks and half square triangles cut from the previous step as shown below. Sew the blocks/half square triangles together in diagonal rows, as designated in red. Start by sewing all the blocks/half square triangles in each row together, and then sew all the rows together.
Step 7 – Sew the inner borders and outer borders to the main quilt top:
-Inner border: From the ½ yard of fabric, cut (7) 2.5” strips. These will be for your inner border. First sew the left and right inner borders to the main quilt top. Trim excess fabric.
-Outer borders: From your non-white layer cakes, choose 14 squares. Sew 2 rows of 7 squares together. Cut each row in half lengthwise to form 2 border strips, as shown below.
Start by sewing the left and right inner borders onto the main quilt top, and then the left and right outer borders. Trim excess fabric so the borders are flush with the quilt top and bottom. Repeat, but for the top and bottom inner and outer borders.
Quilt and bind! Click HERE for easy, Quick Quilt Binding.
77″ x 62″ quilt