|A selection of Benartex Batiks|
Tell us about your Hearts on Fire pattern, Debby.
|Hearts on Fire Quilt, as it appears 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!
Tell us your steps, Debby, to making this block.
First, you need the template! The link for the pattern for the block and quilt is at the bottom of this post.
|Use freezer paper to trace outline of the half-heart|
|Both left and right templates (mirror images of each other|
|Don't throw these cutaways away! They are perfect for cutting little hearts.|
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|
|Center and pin|
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|
|Stitch and then trim away from behind the heart|
|Trim behind hearts BEFORE stitching rectangle parts together|
|Two halves sewn with 1/4" seam; press seam open|
|Five Hearts Blocks; two half blocks with the small hearts added|
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