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Block 1
Block 2

Patchwork Heart Block 1

Patchwork Heart Block 2

 

You will need for each block:

What You Need to Make the Patchwork Heart Blocks

~Red Tone on Tone & Red & White Fabrics - Cut 2" squares
(32 for Block 1; 16 for Block 2)
~Red Tone-on-Tone Main Fabric - Cut 6" square for Block 1;
9½" square for Block 2
~Black Embroidery Floss

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1. Cut the fabrics the size required [Rotary Cutting~ #F].

2. Make a template [Cardboard Templates] for the heart shape.

Request the Patchwork Heart Template here

3. Lay out the small squares into a pleasing arrangement.

Block 1

Block 1 Layout

 

Block 2

Block 2 Layout

 

4. When you are happy with the arrangement, collect the patches into 4 Patch sets, taking them from the left to the right & top to bottom and stacking them with the most left patch on top. Number the sets (I have small cardboards with numbers I keep for this) and hold the sets together with a clothespin. The example below is for Block 1. Block 2 has 4 sets of 4 Patches.

Organizing Your Patches

 

5. Sew [Machine Piecing] the patches into 4 Patch units by sewing the patches into pairs first.

Tip: Before placing two squares right sides together, place a pin in the top left corner of left patch of the pair. Keep these pins in until the corner is joined to the next patch. This helps you keep track of which is the 'top left' of the pairs/sets of pairs, keeping things straight while you chain piece your patches.

6. Press [Pressing #1] the seams open.

7. Sew the pairs together into 4 Patches, matching the seams (*See the pinning tip below).

*Perpendicular Pinning Tip: Place a pin in each seam of both the rows you are joining. Don't anchor them. Hold the pin perpendicular (90*) with your first two fingers (underneath) and your thumb on top. Now place an anchor pin (going in at an angle) beside it. Remove the perpendicular pin after you've anchored it. Do the same for the other seams along the row, aligning the raw edges at the top.
This pinning method keeps the seams from shifting out of place.

Perpendicular Pinning Tip

8. Press the seams open.

Block 1

Block 1 Layout

 

Block 2

Block 2 Layout

9. Sew the 4 Patch units together into rows, matching the seams.

Block 1: Sew the top and bottom rows, and then join them together with the two center 4 Patch units.

Block 2: Sew the top and bottom rows together.

10. Press [Pressing #3] the patchwork blocks.

11. Draw the outline of the heart onto the right side of the larger patchwork/tone on tone main square fabric with a chalk pencil. Use the guide lines on the template for placement in the center of the square.

Tip: Placing the fabric on a sheet of sandpaper taped to cardboard, will help hold it in place, for a neater finish.

Draw Heart Shape with Chalk Pencil

12. Cut out the inside of the heart shape, about ¼" from the chalk line, using pinking shears.

Cut away Heart Shape with Pinking Shears

13. Finger press the seam allowance over to the back of the shape and baste in place [Stitches-#3c].

Baste Heart Shape

14. Pin the smaller squares to the back of the blocks, covering the heart shaped opening and then baste into place.
Using two strands of the embroidery floss, Blanket Stitch [Decorative Stitches·#1] around the heart edge to the background fabric.

Blanket Stitch the Heart Shape to the smaller square.

 

I Love Stitching!

This is the back of my work - and as I was knotting off, and pulling the thread through....the thread twisted to make this heart happen! :)

 

These blocks can be made into several small projects.

Small Wallhanging or Pillow

Patchwork Hearts Wallhanging

 

Table Topper

Patchwork Hearts Table Topper

 

Table Runner

Patchwork Hearts Table Runner

 

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