Cookie Cutter BOM: The Heart Block

I hope you are ready for a series of easy raw edge appliqué blocks that I began designing over 15 years ago. The first one is the Heart. Let's see a recent Heart block:

Cookie Cutter Heart Block: 10" x 10"
I made this for a collection of Benartex batiks and created a blog post about how to make a miniature Hearts on Fire quilt in 2015. I have since given that quilt away, but I still had about 3 sample blocks from my workshop, which I included in my new Sampler quilt.

This Sampler is very scrappy. If you want to make a 16 block quilt as I have here, then you need the following:

  • 32 various prints for the backgrounds, cut 5-1/2" x 10-1/2". Notice that I used several black batiks for the blocks, combined with brights. You will need two rectangles cut 5-1/2" x 10-1/2" for EACH of the 16 blocks. Each of the appliqué shapes is a various size and you can wait for the release of each month's pattern for those dimensions.
  • Matching thread for the raw edge appliqué
  • I strongly suggest NOT using fusible webbing. When you put a light color (as in the yellow/gold above) on top of a dark print (blue), the color of the top patch will change and darken when it is fused. Also, for several of the shapes I clip away the background fabric from behind the appliqué shape.
  • You may wish to use fusible interfacing to give your fabric some stability. Or you may want to skip the raw edge appliqué for needle turn. It's your choice.
  • 1//3 yard for inner border
  • 1-1/2 yards for outer borders if you do not wish to piece. My quilt uses 3 borders cut to 6" with the addition of the staggered hearts strip (on the right). If you wish to make that, you will need two 3-1/2"" x 42" strips (which will be explained later).
Here is my Sampler:
Cookie Cutter Sampler: 53" x 54"
Here are a few of my other Hearts quilts, beginning with the original Hearts on Fire:

Original Hearts on Fire quilt: 43" x 63"
Let's see the recent Benartex quilt from 2015:

Small child's quilt made with 5 Heart blocks and the cutaways
You can download the Heart pattern here. I ask that you DO NOT copy the pdf for others, especially for a guild BOM. If your guild wishes to participate then EACH member must get the pattern from me. You can send out the LINK, but not the pdf. Please.

I use freezer paper to trace the pattern from the master. I cut a left side and a right side pattern. Notice that I also can cut those mini hearts from the inside curve of the hearts and that's where I get those extra, happy dancing hearts!

Trace and cut out freezer paper templates from master pattern
Iron freezer paper to your appliqué fabric and cut out. Remove freezer paper (this can be reused multiple times). The seam allowance is included.

Cutting appliqué shapes using freezer paper templates
Some hearts cut out. Notice that when you cut out the large heart, you are left with small hearts. You can use that small heart freezer paper template to cut out even more from your scraps! I used all my small heart cutaways to create that vertical row you see on the right side of the Sampler Quilt above. More on that later.

Large hearts and the small cutaways
Different fabrics, but you get the idea. Pin the appliqué shapes to the background rectangles, aligning them with each other. Stitch. (I used a simple zigzag stitch with colored rayon/polyester thread).

Pin and stitch
I pulled various colored threads from my stash and auditioned them with my batiks.

Auditioning various threads for my raw edge appliqué
I like to trim away the background from behind my hearts. It's such a large piece and can be used in the border! But you must trim BEFORE joining the center seam.

Trim from behind appliqué BEFORE you join the center seam!
This was a popular workshop for several years. I had so many samples . . .

Dancing Hearts Sample
And one more simple heart sample . . .

Single Heart Sample
Here is the link for the first block: Cookie Cutter Heart. It is free for the month of July ONLY. After that, it will be in my Etsy shop.

If you have specific questions or comments, it's best to send an email ( For some reason, only about 25% of those commenting here leave me with a return email. You are listed as anonymous. I'm happy to help or hear from you about this Heart block. And it's ok to comment here, too!


  1. Hi Debby! Thank you for sharing this block. I see more details in it today - more than when you shared it last week. Happy 4th to you and your peeps. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Thank you for this block and BOM. And thank you for sharing how you put the block together. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this!!!

  4. Dear Bebby, thank you so much for the Heart design. I have already sewed a small quilt with 8 bigger hearts and many small. Very colorful. Now I am thinking the border. You show a very nice border. I hope to be able to do something like that, os some easier maybe. Thank you so much and best greetings from very hot Finland Aune Mattila

  5. I enjoyed your pattern. I made mine a little different.
    I wish I could post a picture.


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