Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Heart Quilt Blocks

16 of them, actually - all from stash. And you know what? Not including the cutting time - I don't think that these took much longer than 3 hours total to sew. I "needed" (sewing therapy while I mull something over!) something quick and easy so went ahead and cut these blocks for a finished size of 12". Better than sitting in a chair and biting my nails while I think!!! You can get a lot done in a short amount of time working with larger pieces! And, I still got to use 2" strips (seems to be my favorite size)! I've had this pledge fabric for a long time now and I think that the long narrow strip uses it to its full potential! Just don't look TOO closely because the words aren't perfectly straight and just maybe I might have chopped that point off, oops! ... it doesn't bother me.

The other narrow strips were cut from 2 different fat quarters and pretty much used that fabric all up. So now I need to make some star or connector blocks - will have to see what I can find for fabric that "matches". I still have plenty of white, and probably a bit less than 1/2 yard of each of the pledge and red. I am thinking that by adding some more blocks I will be able to get 2 quilts.
The pattern is from this book - Once More Around the Block by Judy Hopkins. It is an easy block to make and I've made it in the 10" size too. You just have to be careful to off-set the triangles by a scant 1/4" so everything lines up. The directions include 6", 8", 9", 10", 12" and 14". The cutting directions are for 4 blocks at a time so it is easy to just multiply as you cut - which is how I ended up with 16 blocks. I've never seen the 1st book but hope to add it to my collection some day because I really like this 2nd book!
Oh - and see how my cutting mat is face side down? I always flip it over when trimming up blocks. Makes my mat last longer and keeps the front just for the straight cuts on the lines.


Mama Koch said...

Cute, cute hearts.

Never thought about turning my mat over...good tip!

Laurie said...

very nice! i need sewing therapy too but it just isn't going to happen anytime soon!

Shasta said...

These are beautiful hearts - great job!

Perry said...

Like your hearts. And that is a great book you have. She has three of them now, I think you will want them all. They are great books for block ideas. I use them often.

SandyQuilts said...

Love your hearts. I use my rotary cutter/ruler to trim my quilts... I saw your bandaged scissors.

JVC_Scout_Mom said...

thank you. i've been meaning to add that book to my wishlist. ;)