Nothing says "I love you" like something handmade. These simple heart quilt blocks come together quickly and can be incorporated into any project you like!

Heart_blocks

This tutorial will tell you how to make one of these hearts blocks with a border. Pre-cut as many sets of fabric as you like and chain-piece to create a set of blocks in no time! 

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For these, I mixed Holli Zollinger's tree hearts linen with a springy mint green I had in my stash.

What you'll need for one placemat:

Fabric for the heart:

I used all of one print for my hearts, but this is also a great way to use scraps! 

(2) 3.5" x 2" strips

(2) 5.5" x 2" strips

(3) 6.5" x 2" strips

Fabric for the heart's "background":

I used white for mine, but, again, the color is up to you!

(5) 4.5" x 2" strips

(6) 3.5" x 2" strips

(2) 2.5" x 2" strips

(1) 1.5" strip

(2) 11.5" x 2" strips

For the border:

(2) 2.5" x 15.5" strips for the sides

(2) 2.5" x 14.5" strips for the top and bottom

(I factored in a little extra room for the edges so you can trim your block down to size.)

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I chain-pieced the heart, starting at the top and working my way across. I started one heart for each of my four placemats right after the other to speed things up!

Chain_piece

Once all of the strips are assembled, press your seams open.

Open_seams

Now, you're ready to put it all togehter. Again, I started on one side and just worked my way across to assemble the heart. Be sure to match up the seams of the 3rd & 4th and 6th & 7th pieces (counting the white edges) so your heart will be even!

Seams

Now, press all of your seams flat.

Back_seams

 And you're ready to trim your block to size.

Block_pieced

I focused on making the top and bottom edges even rather than paying close attention to the exact size. (In a perfect world, my block would have been 11.25" x 14.25", but I really think each one was slightly different…that's just the kind of quilter I am.)

Trimmed

Trimmed_heart

Once your heart is trimmed, go ahead and add the border. I sewed the top pieces first, then trimmed the edges to be even, and then I put on the sides, trimming again to even up all of the edges. (Your block should be about 18" x 15.5", but who's counting?!)

Finished_block

There you go! Your heart block is finished! Now you can incorporate it into any project you like. Since I can't think of a place that I feel more at home or more loved than at my grandmamma's table, I'm making my blocks into a set of 4 placemats. I chose four colors and alternated the hearts and borders on all of them. Here's what I have so far.

Hearts_in_progressThese palcemats feature Heather Dutton's off the grid pink and Heanne's icecream strawberry.

I'll be busy finishing these up this week, and I can't wait to share a meal (and maybe an episode of Judge Judy) at my grandma's table this weekend!

I hope you take some time out this week to spend some time with someone you love. If you're also working on heart-themed proejects (or frantically trying to finish them, like I'll be!), please do share your patterns and progress!

Happy quilting, and Happy Valentine's Day,

Becca