Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Technique Tuesday: Hearts on Fire Tutorial

I remade my Hearts on Fire quilt using some batiks from Benartex. While the pattern is no longer available for free, you can see how it's stitched together. You can find this as a single pattern here:

Hears on Fire pattern by Debby Kratovil at my Craftsy site

Or you can buy the 92 page pdf download with this and 12 other quilt patterns for $10:
Best of Calendar Quilts 2012
A selection of Benartex Batiks

Hearts on Fire Quilt, as it appears in my 2012 Wall Calendar of Quilts
I woke up one morning in 2004 with an image of a split heart, each half on a rectangle background. I couldn't wait to get down to my sewing studio. I drew a half-heart and then its mirror image. Then I rummaged through my small stash of batiks. The rest is history! It was published in Quilt Magazine twice and also was the February quilt in my 2012 Wall Calendar of Quilts.

This was the first of about 10 patterns which I call Cookie Cutter Bonanza. It was a popular workshop for several years. All the blocks finish to 10" square. And the students had the choice of selecting any of the 10 shapes to work with during our class time (some people don't like hearts - can you imagine that?)

Here is my approach to this pattern. But I first needed some glorious batiks to demonstrate the steps. This is where those batiks at the top of this post supplied what I needed!

My steps for making this block.

First, you need the template!
Use freezer paper to trace outline of the half-heart
The block is in two parts, with a left and a right half-heart. Use freezer paper to trace the half-heart from the template page. You can make a left and right template, or use the same template and cut half of your patches from the wrong side of your fabric. I like to use freezer paper because I can iron it to the right side of my fabric and I don't need pins. I cut it out and then reuse it to cut out more patches.

Both left and right templates (mirror images of each other
Don't throw these cutaways away! They are perfect for cutting little hearts.
Now, we use the large templates and iron them onto rectangles of batiks cut 5-1/2" x 9". DO NOT USE FUSIBLE WEBBING ON THE BACK OF THESE. You do NOT want to fuse these patches to the background fabrics. A light colored heart fused to a dark background rectangle will change color. A batik fabric has a high thread count and has minimal fraying. I have used fusible interfacing on the back of quilter's cottons, but never fusible Heat 'n Bond or Wonder Under.

Iron to right side of fabric:

Iron the templates to the right side of the 5-1/2" x 9" rectangles

Cut them out:
Cut out patches
Match them to background rectangles cut to 5-1/2" x 10-1/2":

Center and pin
IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you pin the first heart to the background rectangle (the one on the left), you will use this to align the mirror image unit (on the right). Then you use that one to help pin the next left one, and so on.

I am planning for 5 blocks, so I need 5 half-hearts for the left and 5 half-hearts for the right. I cut everything out, placed the patches together to make sure I liked the arrangement before I pinned all of them.

Now it's time to stitch! With my original quilt, I chose a turquoise rayon thread to use for ALL of the hearts. For this quilt I got a bit more particular, as you can see. I pulled out my threads to match the hearts.

Auditioning my threads
Time to stitch. I used a machine zig zag stitch.

Stitch and then trim away from behind the heart
I used these trimmed hearts in my outer border (see in quilt above). Nothing went to waste here!
Trim behind hearts BEFORE stitching rectangle parts together
And how does it look from the wrong side?

Two halves sewn with 1/4" seam; press seam open
And let's see what I did with those little cutaway hearts!
Five Hearts Blocks; two half blocks with the small hearts added
I cut two 5-1/2" x 10-1/2" rectangles of the lavender and blue batik. Then I stitched the little half hearts together and made four of them. Placed; stitched; added all together for this little mini: 20" x 30", needing borders.

Wow, that's fun, huh? And the pattern is now YOURS as a special Valentine's gift from Benartex and me. All you have to do is download it. Pattern is for the larger quilt as shown at the top of this post. For the smaller quilt, add 5-1/2" borders for a 30" x 40" child's quilt!

Hears on Fire pattern by Debby Kratovil at her Craftsy site

99 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your pattern and tutorial. This is such a striking little piece.

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    1. The heart pattern is really, really nice, especially with the batiks. I'm going to try to make it. Linda jolisgsd@gmail.com

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  2. This is such a pretty quilt. Thanks so much for the pattern.

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  3. This is so creative! I love how you cut out the heart half, leaving the background fabríc! And it makes such a pretty quilt, too. I'm new at sewing and I haven't used batiks very much, but I think this quilt really shows them off beautifully. And I like using some other colors beyond the traditional red, pink, and white for hearts. Thank you for hosting the giveaway! Magistra13 at yahoo dot com
    Beth

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  4. Thank you for the free pattern and the tut. This is a great quilt for anytime, the colors ar so bright.

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  5. Thanks for the pattern. I like the shape of your hearts.

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  6. I love batiks and these are beautiful. Thank you for the pattern. I love the way you use the leftovers. I am curious what other shapes you used with the cookie cutter method.

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  7. LOVELY QUILT! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. Gorgeous fabrics, beautiful pattern! Love it!

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  9. Thank you for the pattern and a great tutorial!

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  10. I love batiks and your "Hearts On Fire" pattern shows them off wonderfully! Thanks for sharing with us. cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  11. Cute different heart quilt, love the batiks. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  12. Beautiful pattern. Your tutorials are so easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. What a beautiful giveaway! sarah@forrussia.org

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  14. That is a lovely quilt! So kind of you to share the pattern!

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  15. Fabulous quilt Debby - thank you for the pattern!

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  16. I've always been partial to heart shapes, so I love this! Thank you for sharing the pattern!

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  17. I just love the pattern and the quilt. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. I love batiks and hearts. Love the quilt pattern

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  19. The pattern and the fabrics are lovely!

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  20. A gorgeous pattern! The batiks look wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. Abraham and hearts? Hmmmm.... that man had a sorely troubled heart dealing with the Civil war. Yummy batiks. And I'm lovin' that pile of red goodies Benartex sent you. I need to finish the project from the pile of goodies Benartex sent me. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Thanks for the pattern and I love batiks what could be better?

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  23. This pattern is awesome and your tutorial very helpful too! I love the border of this quilt, great idea!! Thanks!!

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  24. I love your work it is so bold. Thank you for the tutorials, and free patterns. Thank you for the giveaway as well.

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  25. I love this quilt. The colors are so wonderful, it could be a valentine quilt or an all year quilt.

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  26. I know I say this all the time Debby, but I really do love this quilt. It's an awesome pattern and using these fabrics really makes it sing. Of course, I'm already drooling over that purple fabric. It's a gorgeous and exactly the shade that's my favorite in the purple spectrum.

    I'll have my fingers crossed for a few days. Maybe my Mom will look down on me from above and send me luck since Feb 12th was also her birthday.

    Thank you so much for being so nice and giving us all this pattern. It's very pretty.

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  27. Your quilt us beautiful! Thank you for the pattern, great tutorial, and giveaway. I love how you used every piece in your border.

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  28. Beautiful quilt! Thank you very much for the free pattern! susan430@cox.net

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  29. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I think the border really makes the quilt.

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  30. The pattern and the fabrics are beautiful.

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  31. That fabric and your design look luscious; really elegant. I follow Sew In Love by email and follow on facebook. Thanks for the pattern; it's lovely.

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  32. Thank you so much for the giveaway! Lovely!

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  33. Thank you sew very much for sharing your beautiful Hearts on Fire quilt and pattern and tutorial. The batik fabrics are gorgeous and play really well together. Creative Hearts Bliss...

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  34. Ooooh my goodness!!! This Quilt is Gorgeous!! Thank you soooo much for sharing the Tutorial too...definitely on my "GOTTA MAKE!!" list :)

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  35. I love your pattern! Your heart shapes are perfect! Thanks so much!

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  36. Love the pattern and the fabrics. Thanks so much for the tut and giveaway!!!!!

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  37. Thank you for sharing your pattern. It is beautiful. Thanks for another great giveaway too. I've also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for sewers & quilters at wowilikethat.com. Thanks again. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  38. What a great pattern!! I love it! thank you!

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  39. Gorgeous and fun! Great design.

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  40. Thanks for the wonderful pattern & thanks for the chance to win.

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  41. Thank you so much! Love, love the batiks, as well.

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  42. Love your quilt! I tried to make a block like this once but it didn't turn out well. I can see where I went wrong now that I have seen your tutorial! Thanks!
    Sandy A

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  43. Thanks for the cool pattern! Hearts are so appropriate with Valentine's day around the corner.
    Batiks are really nice-I have a relative waiting patiently for a batik quilt!

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  44. Oh my! Those fabrics are breath-taking! What a gorgeous quilt you've made with them! I'd love to play with the fabrics and come up with something pretty too!

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  45. What a gorgeous quilt, Debby! Thank you for sharing and for the pattern. Thank you for the giveaway, too. I would love to win these fabrics.

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  46. There is nothing like batiks for making outstanding quilts. Love this heart pattern.

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  47. I love the fabric and the pattern!

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  48. I love batiks! I'll bet in person your Hearts on Fire quilt is spectacular with all those colors!

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  49. Oh my goodness, how beautiful! And how generous of you to share the tutorial. I would love to wake up some day with a image for a quilt in my mind! Thanks for sharing your pattern, and thanks for the opportunity to win this gorgeous fabric. I love batiks!

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  50. Thanks for the tutorial a the free pattern. I love it

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  51. Thanks for the tutorial a the free pattern. I love it

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  52. Thank you so much for the quilt pattern; it is a beauty. I appreciate the warning to not use fusible backing because of the show-through.

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  53. Thank you for the pattern. I loved it when we use to honor outstanding presidents, especially those who had outstanding accomplishments - most notably Washington and Lincoln - rather than just Presidents Day, but I guess there would be arguments for many, depending on opinion.

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  54. The pattern is so cute with the batiks. Thanks for the pattern and the tutorial.

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  55. I love the Hearts of Fire quilt and the way you made sure we don't waste a bit of that gorgeous fabric :) thank you

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  56. Hi and thanks for the chance to win. I'm very new to quilting so I was pleased to view the tutorial.

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  57. I love your quilt and thanks for sharing with us

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  58. I love your quilt and thanks for sharing with us

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  59. Your pattern and quilt is beautiful!

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  60. Oh, how beautiful! Batiks are my favourite. Thank you for the pattern!

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  61. Beautiful job with the quilt. Love the hearts! Thanks for sharing!

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  62. I am in love with this pattern. Beautiful job.

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  63. Thank you for the tutorial. The fabric giveaway is the cherry on top!

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  64. Love it thank for sharing!
    jmalvasi@twcny.rr.com

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  65. Beautiful quilt! Beautiful fabrics! Thank you for sharing!

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  66. I loved this quilt the first time I saw it and now you give the pattern for free - thanks for your generosity! I love the design, the fabric and the clever way you used all the cut outs to full advantage. To show my age...You Rock!

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  67. Beautiful fabric, thanks for the giveaway.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  68. I love your quilt. Thank you so much for the free pattern and the giveaway!!

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  69. Thank you for the Hearts pattern and tutorial, Debby! The quilt is gorgeous - as usual! I would guess any symmetrical shape would work, right? I'm pondering the all-seasons cookie cutter set we inherited from my aunt, and my stash is calling out to me. Thanks again! (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com)

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  70. Thank you for the pattern and the drawing.
    bsheffield2003@yahoo.com

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  71. Thanks for sharing your lovely pattern.

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  72. Great fabrics and a beautiful pattern! thanks so much for sharing.

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  73. What a great pattern! Wonder if I have enough time to make it for my daughter's wedding? The colors of the batiks are yummy.

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  74. Very nice design. Thanks so much!

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  75. Love the pattern and tutorial!!!! I really love the fabric thanks for the chance!!!! sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  76. Thanks for sharing the pattern and tutorial! and I love the fabrics :-) dgbrandt52@gmail.com

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  77. Love this pattern! Thanks for sharing. Cant wait to make for my sis (shes a Valentine baby)!

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  78. Heart themed quilts are always welcome. Especially by friends who are sick. Thanks for the pattern
    judyanncreations@comcast.net

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  79. Thanks for the free pattern, tutorial and giveaway! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE batiks!

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  80. Great pattern and I LOVE those batiks! How can you not like batiks and hearts-perfect combo!

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  81. What an ingenious quilt - I'm pinning that for later - thank you

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  82. Beautiful fabrics, I really like how you left no waste with the appliqué leftovers.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  83. This is a beautiful heart quilt. I love the fabric. Thank you for sharing.

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  84. I love the Quilt and batiks are my favorite!

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  85. What a fantastic pattern! Thank you, Debby!your advices about usage if fusible web are also useful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

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  86. The quilt is beautiful .Thank you for the pattern.

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  87. What a beautiful heart quilt!! And the fabrics a stunning. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win them.

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  88. What an adorable quilt and it looks great in the batiks.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  89. Love the heart pattern but I really love the batiks!!! Thanks

    Diane
    belldiane45@bellsouth.net

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  90. Hearts! Batiks! It's a match made in heaven. By the way, your work is wonderful!

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