Hearts Galore

One table runner and 6 placemats

Table runner 18" x 48"
Placemats 12" x 16"

1 Layer cake: Always and Forever by Deb Strain
1 3/8 yard background, light fabric
7/8 yard binding

Choose 11 Layer Cake squares you want to use for your hearts

From your background fabric cut:
1 - 2 7/8" x 45" strip
1 - 4 1/2" x 45" strip
15 - 2 1/2" strips

From your 4 1/2" x 45" strip, cut 5 - 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles
From your 2 7/8" x 45" strip cut 11- 2 7/8" squares

Take 6 of your 2 1/2" x 45" strips and cut 16 - 2 1/2" squares from each strip. You will have 96.
You will use 88 of them.
Now take 4 more 2 1/2" x 45" strips. From each strip cut 5 - 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips
You will have 20, you will use 17 of them.
Take 4 more 2 1/2" x 45" strips. From each strip cut 3 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips.
You will have 12 strips and use all of them
From your last 2 1/2" x 45" strip, cut 2 - 2 1/2" x 14 1/2" strips.
You use both of these.

Cut your layer cake square as shown

Cut a 4 1/2" strip

Now from your strip cut
one 4 1/2" square
one 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle
one 2 7/8" square

from the other part of the layer cake cut
two 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles

Take one 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle of your heart fabric
and two 2 1/2" squares of your background fabric. 
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the
wrong side of your background squares as shown

With right sides together, place the background squares on top of the 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle. 
Sew on the pencil line

Trim down to 1/4" seam

Press open.  This is the side of your heart.  Make 2 of these blocks

Take one 2 7/8" heart square and one 2 7/8" background square
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on your heart square.

Place right sides together as shown.

Sew 1/4" on either side of the pencil line

Cut on the pencil line.  Press open.  You now have your half-square-triangles

Now get one 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle of your heart fabric and
 one 2 1/2" square of your background fabric.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the background square.  With right sides together, line up the raw edges of your pieces as shown.

Sew on the pencil line.  Press.

Cut down the seam to 1/4".  Press open.

Get another background 2 1/2" square and repeat on the other side,
sewing on the pencil line and pressing.

Cut the excess off down to 1/4" and press open.

This make the bottom tip of your heart.
OK, now you have the pieces ready to put your heart block together.

Take the pieces that you have just created and lay them out as shown.
  The middle square is 4 1/2" x 4 1/2". 
The two background pieces at the bottom are each 2 1/2" squares.

Using a 1/4" seam, sew the middle section of your heart first, as shown. 
Sew the half-square-triangles together first and then sew them to the 4 1/2" square. Follow with sewing the bottom tip of the heart on.  Then sew the side sections as shown. 
 Press your seams.

Now sew the side sections to the middle section, use 1/4" seam.  You now have your first heart!  Repeat these steps until you have 11 hearts just like this one.  Your doing great so far!
Once you have all 11 heart blocks sewn together, it's time to make the table runner and placemats.

We are going to make the table runner first.  Get 5 of the 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" background rectangles
 and  5 of the 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" background rectangles.

Choose 5 hearts that you want to have in your table runner.
Lay your block out as you see here.  Sew the 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strip to the top of your heart.
 Sew the 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" strip to the bottom of your heart.
Press your seams.  Repeat on the other 4 hearts.

Arrange your heart blocks as shown. 
Sew them together using 1/4" seam.  Press your seams.

At both ends of the table runner,  sew on  a 2 1/2" x 14 1/2" background strip. 
Press your seams.  Now set your table runner aside and we are going to work on the placemats

You have 6 heart blocks left for your placemats.   Take your first heart and 2 - 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips these go on the sides of your heart. 
Now take 2 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips, these are for the top and bottom of your heart.

Sew the sides on first.  Press your seams.

Sew on the top and bottom background pieces.  Press your seam. 
Repeat with the other 5 hearts. 

With remaining layer cake squares, choose 10 that you want to use on the borders of your
table runner and placemats.

Cut each layer cake square into 4 - 2 1/2" strips like so.

You now have 40 strips.  Make sets of 6 strips.  You will have a few strips left over.
Sew your set of 6 strips together as shown.  Press your seams. 

  OK, now cut your strip block sets into  2 1/2" sections.

Cut four sections.

Out of a couple of scraps, cut 2 - 2 1/2" squares.  You need to have these for the
 side borders of your table runner.

Take a 6-pieced border section and one 2 1/2" square and sew the square to one end of the 6-pieced border section as shown.  Do this for both sides of your table runner.

Sew the side border onto the table runner.  Press your seams.  Take 8 more 6 pieced border sections and lay them out as shown.  You need to have 4  - 6 pieced sections for the top and 4 more sections on the bottom.  Sew the sections together.  Press seams.

Sew on the section border pieces to the top of the table runner. Now sew the border to the bottom of the table runner.  Press.
Your table runner is now ready to be quilted and bond. Perfect!!

Now for the placemats. 
 For each placemat, you need to have 2 - 6 pieced border sections 

Sew on the borders as shown.  Press your seams.  Repeat for the remaining 5 placemats.  Now that you have all the placemats done, you can have everything quilted and bond.  Fabulous job!!!!

Note: The layer cake squares left over can be pieced and used on the backs of your table runner and placemats.  If you don't want placemats, you can make 2 table runners instead.  Happy sewing!

One table runner and 6 placemats

Table runner 18" x 48"
Placemats 12" x 16"

Margie Ullery



Richard Healey said...

Wonderful walk through I am almost afraid to show it to the wife (she is a heart fan) and will make me stop working on my own quilt to make this for her. Ah ya I think I will show her too cute not too.


Heike's quilts and socks said...

Thank you for this wonderful pattern. I love the hearts.

Anita said...

Very pretty...maybe I will try making a mug rug!

jean said...

Thank you for this adorable project!

Alicia said...

It is a great tutorial
Thanks for sharing
Have a nice day

gill said...

Gorgeous! I will be trying this pattern!

restitcherator said...

I love the flexibility of making a runner and placemats or two runners. I have a super long table, so I could easily make one longer runner. Great pattern!

JG said...

This is really cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

Jenn at The Little Shop of Stitches said...

I love, love, love this! Thanks for a great pattern!

Tricia said...


beru said...

wow, what a nice idea... thanks for share the project... Sorry, my English isn't the best, I hope you understand, what I mean ;O)

Bloggymom said...

I will have to bookmark this for next year. Love it!!

Kim and Jim said...

I am SO happy to see this pattern! I have a daughter with Down Syndrome who was born on Valentine's day, and for the past few years I have wanted to make something cute for the table for that day. Your tutorial is wonderful and this is the perfect project for me- Thank you for posting it! :)

Sew Materialistic said...

They're lovely. Perfect for Valentines day!