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Tutorial: Heart block

The elusive tutorial! The time is now! The place is here! Let’s do this! (To see these in action, I posted about them in a previous project here.)

12done

Notes
– This block is a lot easier than it looks. Or maybe it’s just as easy as it looks. But it’s seriously simple. Don’t let those curves fool you, it’s all straight piecing.
– This is for a raw-edge appliqué block.

Fabric
– one 5″x5″ square
– two 2.5″ x 5″ rectangles

I used a bunch of charm packs of Denyse Shmidt’s Modern Solids for Free Spirit because I wanted to cut as little as possible. So you can use 3 charms or charm+jelly roll or just cut your own fabrics equally easily.

Notions
– Steam a Seam 2 or other 2-sided fusible interfacing
– Template for cutting (pdf – free, print out on paper or design file for acrylic template – paid, use for having template made by Ponoko)

2cut

Design
– Picking the fabrics was one of the longest steps. I wanted there to be a bit of a transparency effect so I chose a central color that was close to the color that would be obtained by mixing the two curved parts of the heart. This is totally not necessary, I’m just obsessive.
– If you do want these to be signed, try to stick to lighter colors for the square central part of the heart.

Sewing

3sew
Sew one of the rectangles to the square.
Finger press seam open.

4sew
Sew second rectangle to the square on a side neighboring previous rectangle. Line up the bottom of the rectangle with the square, not the other rectangle.

6pressback
Press seams open with iron.

5press

And that’s it for sewing! PHEW.

Finishing
Remove one side of paper from interfacing.

7paper
Place block on sticky side of interfacing (paper-side down), with the block right-side up.
Flatten and press down with your hands, but not an iron, until it is secure.

8template
Using template, cut out heart shape.

9templateclose

I find aligning the bit where the seams meet is most important for the overall look, if the rest of the seams don’t quite line up it’s fine.

11trim
If using acrylic template, trim out center with small snips. (As an aside, I’m working on designing the acrylic templates to work so that you can use the rotary all the way around, but no idea when those will get done.)

13signed
Sign with ultra-fine sharpie if desired.

To Use
Remove backing paper and place heart where desired on backing fabric, right sides up.
Using a pressing cloth to protect your iron from sticky residue, press heart with iron until fused.
Sew around edges if desired.

The end! If you make some of these, I’d love to see how they turn out. 🙂 And as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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