Thank you so much for joining me for part one of the Patchy Heart Quilt Along. As I said last week, this is a totally achievable quilt for first timers, alternatively its a a fun and enjoyable quick quilt for the more experienced.
Just in case you missed them, you find the materials required list HERE.
Before we get cutting, here's a few notes for you. All instructions from now on use imperial measurements rather than metric. I personally use a Rotary Cutter, Quilters Ruler and Cutting Mat. If you do not have them, you can still make this quilt by marking out the pieces on your fabric using your favourite fabric marker and cutting out with scissors. You just need to ensure that you mark accurately and that your angles are true.
From each of your 15 'mini' pieces, cut out:
Four x 4" squares.
PLEASE NOTE It is very important that you cut them as positioned on the graphic below, to ensure that you will have sufficient fabric left over for the scrappy heart, which we will cut next week. (The pink represents each 'mini' piece and the fabric should be placed landscape, cutting the four squares from the bottom left hand side. The fabric to the right, where we will cut out the heart should be at least 5" across)
From the Kona Cotton, cut out:
Fifteen x 7 1/2" squares
Four x 2 1/4" strips, full width of fabric
From the Binding Fabric cut out:
Four x 2 1/2" strips, full width of fabric
'A little happy' tip on cutting if you're using a cutting mat and quilters ruler.....
You should now have a beautiful stack of perfectly cut pieces ready to piece together.
Before we get stitching, a few notes on piecing your fabrics. A few years ago I invested in a 1/4" foot for my sewing machine, which is the standard seam allowance used for patchwork....... however (purists look away now) if this is your first quilt and your machine does not have a specific quilting foot, do not worry, simply use your standard machine foot, BUT whatever you do, ensure that you use a consistent seam allowance throughout. The larger seam allowance will mean that your quilt overall will end up slightly smaller, but rest assured it will still look gorgeous!
Right are you ready, lets get sewing........
Gather up all your 4" square's that you cut from your 'mini size' pieces, there should be sixty squares in total. The first step that we're going to do is to randomly pair up the 4" squares and stitch together. Now it has to be said I am not terribly good at random, but I simply kept picking my squares, trying to ensure that I didn't have the same colour or patterns where possible touching, but honestly just keep going and it will look super!
Chain stitching speeds up the process no end, which basically means that you take your first pair of squares and stitch together, once you get to the end of the square, do not break your thread, stitch a few more stitches and then insert your next pair of squares and so on. You can read more about chain piecing HERE.
This is what your chain looks like.....
Take your chain of squares (2 patches) over to your ironing board and then press the sewn seam as shown on the picture below, this sets the stitches. Snip the thread in between the squares and then open out the squares, but do not press the seam open at this stage.
A little happy note on pressing.... rather than a gliding motion that you would use for pressing clothes, use more of a gentle downward pressing motion, this prevents the fabric from distorting. It is also where possible better to use your iron without steam.
This is what it looks like after pressing
Repeat for the remaining sets, then stitch along the pinned seam, chain sewing as you did before.
Press the seam to set the stitches and snip the thread in between the blocks.
and on the front you should have a lovely neat join where the 4 squares meet.....however sometimes despite all your best efforts this isn't always the case, so grab your seam ripper and try again.
That's it for this week you should now have fifteen very pretty 4 patch blocks. 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 working on the heart blocks and stitching the quilt top together, 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 please do use the hashtag: