How to Sew a Four Patch Scrappy Heart Quilt Block

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Today let's create a charming Four Patch Scrappy Heart quilt block that is perfect for a Valentine's Day project. This beginner-friendly tutorial offers a simple yet captivating design, using scrap fabric and straightforward techniques. You can craft this adorable block in three different sizes, providing versatility for your quilting projects. (The 4" size would make really cute mug rugs!) Let's embark on this journey to piece together a heartwarming quilt block!

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four patch heart quilt block

Fabric Requirements for the Four Patch Scrappy Heart Quilt Block:

12" Finished:

  • Light/Cream: 2 - 7" squares, and 4 - 3.5" squares
  • Assorted Prints: 2 - 7" squares, 2 - 6.5" squares

8" Finished:

  • Light/Cream: 2 - 5" squares, and 4 - 2.5" squares
  • Assorted Prints: 2 - 5" squares, 2 - 4.5" squares

4" Finished:

  • Light/Cream: 2 - 3" squares, and 4 - 1.5" squares
  • Assorted Prints: 2 - 3" squares, 2 - 2.5" squares

four patch heart fabric requirements

Don't have any scraps? Or no pink/red scraps? I found this really cute fat quarter bundle at the Fat Quarter Shop called "Be Mine". Click HERE to check it out!

be mine fq bundle

Sewing Directions:

Sewing directions are given for the 12" finished size. You will need to substitute the proper size patches if you are making the 8" or 4" block.

Half Square Triangles Units:

Step 1:

Using the two Light/Cream 7" squares and the two Assorted Prints 7" squares, sew together Half Square Triangles. You can find a tutorial for making a basic Half Square Triangle block at

You will wind up with four units. You only need two for the block so the extras can be used in another block. 

When pressing the units open, press one toward the Assorted Prints fabric and one toward the Light/Cream fabric.

scrappy heart 1

Flying Geese Variation Units:

Step 2:

This unit is made like a typical Flying Geese block only using a square instead of a rectangle for the base fabric. You can find my no-trim method for making perfect Flying Geese blocks at

Using the picture below for a reference, snowball a Light/Cream 3.5" square to one corner of an Assorted Prints 6.5" square. 

four patch scrappy heart 2

Step 3:

Repeat Step 2 on an adjacent corner of the Assorted Prints 6.5" square. Repeat for a total of two Flying Geese Variation units.

four patch heart 3

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Putting It All Together:

Step 4:

Lay out two Half Square Triangle units, and the two Flying Geese Variation units as shown in the picture below. From here the block goes together like a basic Four Patch block.

four patch heart 4

Step 5:

Sew the units into two rows as shown.

four patch heart 5

Step 6:

Press the seam allowances in opposite directions so that the seams will nest nicely in the next step.

four patch scrappy heart 6

Step 7:

Sew the two rows together to complete the block! Easy peasy!

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Step 8:

Press the seam allowance. You can see in the picture below that I used the tweak/furl/twirl method for pressing but you can press however you wish. 

four patch heart 8

Layout Ideas:

Here's the basic 4 x 4 layout. Kind of looks mushed together.

quilt 1

Here's a better option with vertical sashing added.

quilt 2

And another option would be with sashing and cornerstones added.

quilt 3

This example shows what it would look like with an alternating chain block. Very pretty!

quiklt 4

Maybe a table topper?

quilt 5

Here's what a table runner could look like:

quilt 6


The Four Patch Scrappy Heart quilt block was "sew" easy to sew together and could make a significant impact on your pink/red/burgundy scraps. It is perfect for a quick project for Valentine's Day!

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Happy Quilting!


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