I love scraps, and hearts, and with this fun pattern I put them together to make a scrappy Valentine heart. This entire heart quilt is made from squares, as small as 1.5″ and as large as you want, but I’m giving you the dimensions for up to 5.5″ squares. All of the squares used to make this quilt are the same size, so pick the finished size you want from the list below and cut the appropriate number of squares accordingly.
Here is what you need:
68 dark squares cut to your your desired size (see above)
48 light squares cut to your desired size
Basic sewing supplies including a sewing machine with a new needle, Aurifil 50wt thread in a light color, rotary cutter, mat and ruler, pins and an iron.
Backing and batting sized to the size quilt you decide to make
To start, you will make 16 half square triangles (HST) with one dark and one light fabric each. Layer a light square on top of a dark square, right sides together, aligning the corners. Using a ruler, draw a diagonal line from two corners. Sew along the drawn line. Trim 1/4″ inch from the sewn line on one size, discarding excess. Open your HST unit and press. The finished HST should measure the same size as the squares you started with.
Once you have made your 16 HSTs, lay out your quilt in ten rows of ten squares, placing the dark squares, light squares, and HST as shown to form the heart. You can also fussy cut your squares to add in little surprises, like the little bear I sewed into mine.
Sew the rows together, pressing seams to alternate sides so they nest nicely. Quilt and bind as desired.
This simple quilt offers a lot of flexibility – you can do dark in the center and light outside. We made one as a memory quilt for a customer that we used old clothing to form the heart. You can add additional rows of squares to make it a rectangle instead of a square. And adding borders will make it larger.
If hope you enjoy this scrap-busting mini. If you make one, send me a photo and I will post a bunch of them together so we can get ideas for other color combos from each other.