Wednesday, February 1, 2017

All you need is love - Feb Nurture Circle - Do.Good.Stitches

This month I am the quilter this month for the Nurture circle of Do.Good.Stitches. I signed up and had a million ideas. For some reason I had it stuck in my head that I was the quilter in March. I think it is because we are going to Seattle in March and I decided to sign up for another month since I would be traveling. Thankfully Louise emailed me to remind me to get off my bun and plan a quilt. I have a hearty folder of potential quilts saved as most of us do. I decided since it was February and Valentines Day is around the corner  we should but together some blocks filled with L - O - V - E.

So this month we will be making an assortment of heart blocks. All blocks will be made of your choice of Red, Pink and White/Low volume Fabrics. For the first block I would like everyone make one of the following blocks.

Heart A - The heart from Michael Millers Cupid's Arrow quilt.

To make Heart A you will need to cut 
(2) 3.5" background squares
(4) 4" background squares
(10) 4" heart fabric squares

You can make your heart the colored portion of the block or the background can be the colored portion. Let your imagination run wild.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of your 4 - 4" background squares and 3 - 4" heart squares.
Match one 4" background square with one of your 4" unmarked heart squares.
Sew 1/4" to each side of your diagonal line
Match one marked 4" heart square with one of your unmarked heart squares
Sew 1/4" to each side of your diagonal line

You should now have 7 squares sewn together
Cut along the diagonal line to separate into half square triangles.
Press toward the darker fabric in each HST and trim to 3.5"

Lay out your block as pictured

Sew together and alternate the direction that you are pressing your seams. The final block should finish at 12.5"


Heart B - The "Be good to your heart" block by Amy Smart from Diary of a quilter

Amy has great directions on her blog so I won't reinvent the wheel. Pick any three fabrics you would like (red, pink, white/low volume) Make sure there is good contrast between the fabrics you choose so the hearts pop. Alternate the directions you press your seams. The block will finish at 12.5"


Heart C - Everyone will make some simple heart blocks from Allison @ CluckCluckSew
Directions here
Multiple size measurements here

Please make (2) 6" blocks and (3) 4" blocks. 
Again choose any combination of red/pink/low volume fabrics.

Any questions let me know!!