First Love Quilt

Welcome to Moda Bake Shop! I’m Kairle Oaks of Handcrafted Goodness and I’m so glad to be back to share a new recipe with you. My First Love quilt is just the right size to welcome a new baby into the world. Or you can add a few more blocks and you’ve got the prefect throw sized quilt to snuggle up with your love.

I’m so in love with Ella and Ollie fabrics by Fig Tree & Co. The soft, romantic colors are just the right touch for these quick and easy to piece heart blocks. I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe.

This quilt finishes at 43″ x 43″.

1 Jelly Roll®  {Ella & Ollie by Fig Tree & Co.}
1/2 yard cream background fabric {20308-16 Milk}
1 yard small print fabric {20307-16 Milk}
1-1/2 yards backing fabric {20300-16 Milk}
3/8 yard binding fabric {20306-21 Strawberry}

Please read through the entire tutorial before you begin.

All seam allowances are 1/4″.

From Jelly Roll, cut:

  • Twenty-seven (27) 10.5″ x 2.5″ strips
  • Eighteen (18) 6.5″ x 2.5″ strips

Note: I used 12 Jelly Roll strips for my quilt, but you can use any combination of fabric strips from your Jelly Roll.

From cream background, cut:

  • Nine (9) 4.5″ x 4.5″squares
  • Thirty-six (36) 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares

From small print, cut:

  • Four (4) 10.5″ x 10.5″ squares
  • Two (2) 16″ x 16″ squares; cut each square into four pieces, cutting diagonally from corner to corner (use for side triangles)
  • Two (2) 8.5″ x 8.5″ squares; cut each square into two pieces, cutting diagonally from corner to corner (use for corner triangles)

It’s helpful to arrange the Jelly Roll strips on your design wall, making sure to mix them so that you have a good variety of fabrics in each heart block.

For each heart block, you will need the following pieces.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each 2.5″ x 2.5″ square background piece.

Attach as shown below, sewing on the diagonal line and using the stitch-and-flip method.

Flip the corners back and press, making sure that all layers align. Trim the back two layers.

Continue to assemble each block as shown.

Lay out all pieces on your design wall, as shown. Sew together in diagonal rows.

Trim quilt top so that it is even around the edges, leaving at least 1/4″ seam allowance at the points of the blocks.

To piece the backing, cut the backing fabric approximately 15″ from the selvage edge from top to bottom. Use Jelly Roll strips to piece a scrappy strip down the back.

Quilt as desired and bind.

Quilted by Utah Valley Quilting.

This quilt finishes at 43″ x 43″.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you enjoy making this quilt for yourself or someone you love. When sharing on social media, please use the hashtag #firstlovequilt. Feel free to follow me on my blog or Instagram account to see what else I’m working on.

Kairle Oaks
Handcrafted Goodness



13 comments on “First Love Quilt

  1. Sue H says:

    I love the scrappiness of these hearts. Thanks for the pattern!

  2. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    Darling quilt! Love the way you constructed these blocks. Great to keep in my quick make book! thanks for the pattern.

  3. My husband passed away so I am going to put his picture on fabric and use it for center heart.
    Also thought it would be a lovely gift for family wit heir pictures in the middle heart

  4. Sherry B says:

    Very cute hearts—it would make a great quilt for a new grandbaby coming soon! Thanks for the easy tutorial.

  5. Tina Sheppard says:

    Thank you! I think that these would make wonderful service quilts. I am going to jump right in on this one. These will be wonderful!

  6. Alycia Maurer says:

    Love it! And I love the idea of using strips on the backing, sort of off-center. So pretty!

  7. ArtsyOne says:

    This would make a great baby quilt – pink or blue or mint or yellow hearts. Love the backing fabric and the addition of the stripes. Definitely a keeper pattern. Thank you!

  8. Peggy says:

    This is one of my favorites from the Moda Bake Shop. Great tutorial. Beautiful quilt.

  9. Love the hearts, Kairle! And that backing fabric is so gorgeous!

  10. LynneP says:

    I love hearts! This is a wonderful way to use up leftovers-scrappy love.

  11. Jana says:

    I’m loving this quilt! I have all my heart blocks made and I’m now trying to assemble the diagonal rows and all of my triangles are too big! Anyone else experience this? Help!

    • Kairle says:

      Hi, Jana! The setting triangles are meant to be larger. You see everything together and then trim down the outside. If you’re having it professionally quilted, ask your quilter if she wants to to trim before or after she quilts it. I’m eager to see your finished quilt!

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