It is the season for hearts. One of the loveliest ways to share our love is through a quilt full of hearts.
The blocks I will be sharing with your today could be done in five fabrics. Or the pieces could be easily cut from charm squares. Who doesn't have an extra collection or two of those five inch squares that are ready to be incorporated in a quilt.
In the video tutorial, I will be sharing a new technique on quickly creating the double (shadow) block. This uses one of the Serendipity options in EQ8.
Tips for Constructing the Blocks
The finished size of the single heart block is 6 inches finished (6-1/2" x 6-1/2" with seam allowances). The size of the double heart block is 9 inches finished (9-1/2" x 9-1/2" with seam allowances).
Regardless of whether you are doing the single or the double heart block, the small squares have a finished size of 1-1/2" (cut size of 2").
Piecing Half Square Triangles
Electric Quilt will suggest cutting the squares for the half square triangles 2-3/8" x 2-3/8". This is the size you can use if you are an accurate piecer and don't want to deal with the trim down. For the rest of us, I find it super useful to use the over-sized piecing, trim down technique.
My preferred approach is to sew the triangles with 2-1/2" squares, which are trimmed down to a 2" finished size. I personally love to use the Tucker Trimmer 1 for my trim downs.
Piecing the Single Heart Block
Piecing the Shadow Double Block
Next week I plan to share a layout for these blocks. But feel free to experiment with layouts of your own in the interim. Share your blocks and quilts in the Learning EQ Facebook group.
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