Charming Hearts Quilt

Hi all! : ) This is Jera from 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



Carrie said...

this is beautiful!

Sherry said...

Love it. Charming, indeed!

eatmoresmores said...

This is so pretty! I hope to make one like it.

Karen said...

What a sweet quilt! Love it! It's going on my to-do list. Thanks!

Peggy said...

I wish this had been out a few months ago when I was making my grand-daughters quilt. It is really cute. Oh well, maybe next time.

Jackie said...

I am shocked by the simplicity of the quilt - yet it's beautiful outcome! This is the perfect pattern for young and old alike.

lidia said...

I just LOVE this whimsy quilt, everything from the fabrics to the pattern. Perfection! The step by step instructions along with photos make a novice like me believe I could make one. Keep the tutorials coming. Feeling inspired!

Joy said...

the colours are always so beautiful wish I had such a good eye for colour

Joy said...

the colours are always so beautiful wish I had such a good eye for colour

Karyli said...

How very sweet! I love your blog too.

Clara said...

I think this is a really sweet quilt!

Lisa A said...

So pretty and so easy! I might have to make this one.

NaomiG said...

This quilt is precious! I love it, and I love the fabric choices!

Jen T said...

This quilt is so cute! I have a ton of pink and red scraps and now I've found the perfect pattern.

Diane H said...

-Take 2 layer cake squares and trim each one to measure a 7 5/8” square. As shown below, cut each 5 5/8” square in half diagonally to form 2 half square triangles each. These will be the corners of your main quilt top.

The above step appears to be an error - can you please clarify?
Thank you.

Quilting In The Rain said...

Hi Diane - thanks so much for bringing this to my attention! It should read 7 5/8", NOT 5 5/8. I corrected this on the tutorial so everything should read correctly now. Thanks again! -jera

Janine said...

Can you tell me how much fabric is needed for the binding? Or is it calculated into the backing? Thanks.

Quilting In The Rain said...

Hi Janine - there's enough backing to do the quick quilt binding (where you fold the backing fabric over and onto the quilt top to create the binding). Howevever, if you choose to do your own binding, you'll need 1/2 yard. Hope this helps! Thanks for checking out my tutorial :)

Happy Quilting!

Richard Healey said...

I am working on a heart quilt similar to this. My wife loves hearts will have to send her here to get more ideas.

Angela9772 said...

The steam a seam that you use, how does that stand up to washing?