Welcome to week 2 of the Patchy Heart QAL. I hope after last week, that you all have a stack of pretty 4 patches! This week, we're going to make the heart appliqued blocks and piece together the quilt top.
The first thing that you will need to do is to print this template. To do so highlight the picture below, then 'Right' click on your mouse, then select 'open in a new window' and then print using the keys 'CTLR' and 'P'. (If you have any problems with this, let me know and I'll email it over to you!)
'A little happy' tip.....I transferred the heart onto a sturdy piece of card, this makes it so much quicker to draw around. (It's also a lovely size for making little hanging hearts, so I'm sure that it will come in useful in the future!)
It's Bondaweb time. Bondaweb by Vilene is the most amazing product, it is a fusible, iron on, double sided adhesive sheet and makes your raw edge applique projects a doddle. If you're not familiar with using it, here's a step by step guide.
Firstly, trace around the heart template in pencil on to the paper side of the Bondaweb, repeat a further 14 times, leaving a smallish gap in between each heart. (You should have 15 hearts in total)
That's it, the heart is now bonded to the fabric. Whilst it is very secure it would not stand up to prolonged use, so you will now need to be stitch it in place. For this, I prefer to use my standard sewing machine foot and a small straight stitch. I used white thread, but you could totally change the look of your quilt by using a contrasting colour, it's up to you!
Try to get as close to the edge as possible (my stitching was aprox 1- 3mm from the edge) this will help prevent fraying in the future. As a quilt will potentially get lots of washing in its life time, I stitched around each heart 3 times for added strength and durability. Once you've done this, pull the ends of the threads through to the back, knot and carefully snip them away aprox 1/2" from the knot.
Repeat this process for the remaining 14 hearts.
Assembling the Quilt Top
Now its the fun part.......using the following sketch as a guide, lay out your fifteen 4 patch blocks and fifteen heart blocks.
When making my quilt top, I tried to get an even spread of colour and fabric designs. I found squinting at it quite useful, take your time and keep playing until you get a layout that is pleasing to your eye.
HERE. Alternatively, work on one row at time.
::EDITED TO ADD:: If you didn't use a 1/4" foot to stitch your four patches, you will find that the Heart Blocks are slightly larger than your 4 Patch Blocks. To rectify trim your Heart Blocks to the same size as your 4 Patch Blocks, ensuring that you trim evenly from all four sides, ensuring that your heart remains centred and the blocks remain square.
Once you have stitched your rows, you will need to press the seams to one side. As we did last week, press the stitches first and then press the seams on each row in alternate directions, as indicated by the arrows on the picture below.
You're now going to join the rows. Starting with the top two rows, as we did for the 4 patch blocks, nest the seams and pop pins in. This will ensure that you get nice neat joins where you're blocks meet.
So albeit on a slightly smaller scale, in my best 'Blue Peter' voice, here's one I prepared earlier (well is a completely different quilt but the process is the same).....
Take a 2 1/4" x full width of fabric strips of Kona cotton cut last week and pin it to the right hand side of your quilt top, use lots of pins. (Pic 1) Don't panic, the strip will be longer than the length of your quilt top. Stitch in place and press. (Pic 2) Finally trim away the excess at each end (Pic 3)
That's it you're done, you should now have a beautiful Patchy Heart Quilt Top!!
As always, if you have any questions, please do pop me an email or leave a comment below and I'll do all that I can to help.
Next week we'll be making a layering and quilting, so I look forward to seeing you then and don't forget so that I can take a peek, if you share any pictures on Instagram or Facebook, tag me or use the hashtag: