Scrappy Heart Quilt Block Tutorial - Just in Time for Valentine's Day!

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Here's an easy block to make for a Valentine's Day project - directions include fabric requirements for two sizes of block - 9" and 12". So dig into your scrap stash and let's get to piecing!

scrappy heart quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Scrappy Heart Quilt Block:

  • Light/Ivory: 1 - 4.5" square, and 4 - 2.5" squares
  • Assorted Prints: 2 - 4.5" x 8.5" rectangles, 2 - 2.5" squares, 2 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, 2 - 2.5" x 6.5" rectangles, and 1 - 2.5" x 8.5" rectangle

Fabric Requirements for a 9: Finished Block:

  • Light/Ivory: 1 - 3.5" square, and 4 - 2" squares
  • Assorted Prints: 2 - 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles, 2 - 2" squares, 2 - 2" x 3.5" rectangles, 2 - 2" x 5" rectangles, and 1 - 2" x 6.5" rectangle

scrappy heart fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Directions are given for the 12" block.

Snowball Units:

Step 1:

"Snowball" two corners of the two 4.5" x 8.5" rectangles using the four Light/Ivory 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below. You can find the tutorial for making a basic Snowball block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-snowball-block

scrappy heart 1

Square Unit:

Step 2:

Match up the Assorted Prints 2.5" squares, 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 2.5" x 6.5" rectangles as shown below.

scrappy heart 2

Step 3:

Sew the patches into three strips as shown in the picture below.

scrappy heart 3

Step 4:

Press the seam allowances. As you can see, I've pressed toward the darker fabric but you can press whichever direction you desire.

scrappy heart 4

Step 5:

Lay out the Step 4 strips and the Assorted Prints 2.5" x 8.5" rectangle as shown in the picture below.

scrappy heart 5

Step 6:

Sew the strips together as shown.

scrappy heart 6

Step 7:

Press the seam allowances however you wish. I've pressed mine all in the same direction.

scrappy heart 7

Putting It All Together:

Step 8:

Lay out the Step 1 units, the Step 7 unit, and the Light/Ivory 4.5" square as shown below.

scrappy heart 8

Step 9:

Sew the units into two rows and...

scrappy heart 9

Step 10:

Press the seam allowances in opposite directions so that the seams will nest nicely when making the final seam.

scrappy heart 10

Step 11:

Sew the two rows together...

scrappy heart 11

Step 12:

And press the seam allowance away from the Step 7 Square unit as shown in the picture below. That's all!

scrappy heart 12

Layout Options:

Here is an on point layout with blank blocks in between the heart blocks. I added a bottom border to even out the placement of the hearts. This is a great layout for some fancy quilting in those blank blocks!

scrappy heart quilt 1 

Here's another on point layout using sashing and cornerstones. Again I added a bottom border to even things out. 

scrappy heart quilt 2

Here's a layout for a small table topper or wall hanging. If you don't put the sashing and cornerstone in, it looks like a big flower! Cute!

scrappy hearts quilt 3

Conclusion:

This was a fun and quick block to sew together! I got to use some of my scraps so that's a good thing. It's typical to make heart blocks in pinks and reds but I think it would be a good way to use up scraps of all colors. 

hope you've enjoyed this Scrappy Heart quilt block tutorial. If you liked this post and want to see more quilting tutorials like this, simply click here to sign up for my newsletter and also receive a free PDF.

Happy Quilting!

Elaine

P.S. Here's another Heart block to check out: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/heart-quilt-block-tutorial-and-layout-options

P.P.S. To figure out yardage for a quilt, check out this post: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-much-fabric-do-i-need


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