Hi everyone. Robin here at Craft Sisters with a little recipe for your Valentine’s table. It would also look cute on the wall. Moda’s First Crush line from Sweetwater is my choice for this simple project using dimensional hearts. One Charm Pack and one Mini-Charm Pack is all you need to complete the top finishing out at 16″ x 20″.
1 First Crush Charm Pack by Sweetwater
1 First Crush Mini-Charm Pack by Sweetwater
1 20″ x 26″ piece backing fabric
Scrap Jelly Roll strips for binding
1 Small piece of freezer paper
Choose 40 mini-charms (for four patch blocks)
Choose 10 charm squares and sub-cut into 20 rectangles (heart blocks background)
Choose 20 charm squares for hearts
Lay out all the pieces on a design wall and arrange color to your liking. Charm squares alternate with mini-charms in fours. I pinned heart fabrics to charm squares to make sure there was good contrast.
Trace the heart shape on to a piece of freezer paper and cut out.
Place two heart fabric charm squares right sides together. Center the freezer paper heart on top and press to hold heart in place.
The paper heart is your stitching guide. Sew around the entire shape right next to the heart and use a shorter stitch length (18-20 stitches per inch).
Remove paper and cut out the heart ¼” away from the stitching. Clip curves. Freezer paper heart can be used over and over.
Cut the hearts in half. Turn pieces right side out and use a chopstick or bodkin to smooth seams. Press.
Center heart pieces (raw edges) between two charm rectangles. Sew and press seam open.
Square/trim heart blocks to 4-½”. Make 10.
Sew mini-charms together to make 10 four patch blocks (4-½” square).
Sew blocks and rows together to complete top. I chose to alternate direction of some of the hearts. Press to avoid bulk.
Make a quilt sandwich and quilt it. I used low-loft cotton batting and quilted in straight vertical lines on seam lines. First in the ditch (outside seams of blocks), then again ⅜” away on either side. Four horizontal lines were stitched in the ditch. Trim excess backing, batting and bind with scrap Jelly Roll strips.
One sweet little mini-quilt with fluttering hearts for your table or wall. Finished size 16″ x 20″
I’m making one more small project using these hearts. Please stop by my blog if you’d like another idea to try. Have fun and thanks.