Free Block Pattern: Heartstrings

Happy Valentines Day!

Today I thought I would make something festive to share with you.  I decided on a set of two valentines themed coasters. This is the design I came up with.

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For this project you will need:

Pinks/Purples/Reds: Strings

(8) 2″ Neutral Squares

(4) 2 1/2″ Neutral Squares

(2) 4 1/2″ Square backing fabric

(2) 4 1/2″ Batting Squares

(2) 5″ Square Foundation Papers

 

Lets get started.

Begin by placing two strings right-sides-together across a foundation paper.  Stitch together with a scant 1/4″ seam.

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Press open.

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Continue adding strings to each side, pressing open as you go.  Cover both foundation papers with strings. Once the papers are covered, use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim away the excess fabric.

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Next, cut the foundation pieced units in half.  Cut one with the strips horizontal, and one with the strips vertical.

Next arrange the half-blocks so that you have a vertical and horizontal piece together.

Lay a 2″ neutral square right sides together with the inside, upper corner of the half-string units. Stitch a diagonal line across the square.  Make sure that you stitch the squares on in a mirror image. You can draw a diagonal line on the neutral squares if you want, I just eyeballed it.

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Trim 1/4″ on the outside of the seam and press open.  Next, place a 2″ neutral square on the outside upper corner of the half-string units.  Stitch a diagonal line across the 2″ square.  Trim 1/4″ on the outside of the seam and press open.

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Next, place a 2 1/2″ neutral square on the bottom of the string unit.  Stitch diagonally from the outside to the inside corner.

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Trim 1/4″ on the outside of the seam line and press open.

Lay the half-blocks right sides together and stitch them together.  Press open.

At this point your block is approximately 4 1/2″x5″.  Trip the top of the block to 1/4″ away from the top points of the heart.

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Lay the block right sides together with the 4 1/2″ square backing fabric. Place a piece of batting on top.

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Stitch a 1/4″ seam around the block, leaving an opening at the top.

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Turn the block right sides out and pin the opening closed, with the seam allowance turned in.

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Top stitch 1/8″ around the edge of the block to secure the opening and quilt the block together.

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You can add additional quilting if you wish, I used diagonal lines, using the open toe foot as a guide.

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These make cute coasters, but would also work great as blocks in an actual quilt.

Enjoy,

Tia H.

 

 

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