I’ve got a little improv string quilt block tutorial for you today that creates a heart shaped quilt. My Seattle Quilty Beeings charity group and I had the opportunity to play with simple string blocks a few months ago. I moved them around on the design wall before I left and the layout that stuck with me was a large heart.
I’d started thinking about making one of my own and the universe presented me the opportunity. Riley Blake Designs reached out about their upcoming Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour showcasing their new line of solids, Confetti Cottons and Crayola Colors. Who could say no to playing with colors with names like Macaroni and Cheese, Mermaid Tail and Tickle Me Pink?
There are more than a few colors (including several purples | aka Katie neutrals) I gravitated towards. I didn’t even know my stash had ‘color holes’ until I was presented with some of these.
The Heart Strings Quilt is constructed with (25) 8 1/2″ square string blocks. Position of the white strips creates the (4) different string blocks diagramed below.
Cut strips 2″ wide. Length of strips depends on placement and needs to overhang on each side of the paper by 1/4.” For an 8 1/2″ block the diagonal strip should measure around 13.”
Never paper pieced string blocks? Ashley has a great tutorial that provides the basics.
All strip colors are randomly placed with the exception of white. My strips went into a bag for a blind draw. If you replace the white pay close attention to color value or you’ll lose the heart design.
Make (12) of Block One. Place white strips along the diagonal and two corners.
Make (8) of Block Two. Block Two places white strips along the diagonal and one corner.
Make (2) of Block Three. Block Three has white strips placed on two opposing corners.
Make (3) of Block Four. Block Four has a white strip placed on the diagonal of the block.
Place all blocks in the layout diagramed above. If you make one I’d love to see it! #heartstringsquilt
I quilted in a straight-lined diagonal grid. I had inquiries about my process via Instagram, so stay tuned because I will be posting some tips about it in the next week, along with some basting tips.
The hand of the cloth is soft and it quilted up lovely.
The colors really allowed me to play with the binding and back.
Many thanks to my wonderful friend Sandie who created the diagrams for me with her mad graphic skills. What would I do without you?
Heart Strings will be sent off to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild as a donation for #QuiltsforPulse. For the weekend I’ll be looking at it while snuggling under my Magic Number quilt since they are so Crayola together.
Happy Weekend Peeps;)
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June 28: Trillium Design – Allison Sews
June 29: A Quilter’s Table – Bonjour Quilts
June 30: Euphoria Jessica – Material Girl Quilts
July 1: Samelia’s Mum – Sassafras Lane
July 5: Quilt Matters – During Quiet Time
July 6: Sometimes Crafter – Modern Handcraft
July 7: Orchid Owl Quilts – Piece and Quilt
July 8: Sew Katie Did – Tumbling Blocks – Leigh Laurel Studios
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