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Pixelated Heart Mini Quilt

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and I’ve pulled out my Scrappy Pixelated Heart quilt to enjoy.

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I had made a smaller version of this quilt block and decided to turn it into a mini quilt.  I’m pretty happy with how cute it is.

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I decided to quilt it with the same falling heart quilting I used on my original quilt, and it’s even better tiny!  I like the vertical lines of the quilting because they break up the strong horizontal lines in the piecing, and the tiny hearts seem to match the cute little block.  It makes me smile!

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For the backing I used a cheerful Jane Sassaman print that I’ve been saving.  Her work is really intriguing to me.

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At the last minute I remembered some adorable little woven tags that my sister gave me a while ago.

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I think they’re a scrapbooking product, but I decided to add one to the quilt when I was binding it.  I’m trying to #sewmystash this year, and use all the random cute stuff that I can because it’s more fun that way, right?

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Instructions for the mini block:

The construction is exactly the same as the original block (find the full tutorial with lots of pictures here), but re-sized for 2″ squares.  To make just one block, here’s what you need:

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If you want to make more than one block, multiply these numbers by the number of blocks you need.  To lay them out, follow this image:

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Sew together in horizontal strips and then sew the strips together to make a cute little heart block!  Again, if this confuses you at all, please see my original tutorial.

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To make my mini quilt, I added a 2″ x 14″ strip of white fabric to the top of the block, and then cut two more strips 2″ x 15.5″ and added them to the sides so the heart is centered in the mini quilt. I then basted and quilted it.  So quick and cute!

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The idea to reduce the block came when a friend of mine decided to invite several ladies to contribute quilt blocks for a mutual friend who has a baby on the way.  She wanted smaller blocks so I re-worked the measurements.  Please excuse the night-time photo, but isn’t the quilt adorable? I’m so glad she had the idea.

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Happy Valentines Day!

Scrappy Heart Quilt Tutorial

While the measurements and process I used in my Scrappy Heart Quilt top are still fresh in my mind, I thought I’d write up a quick tutorial.  I know there are probably a lot of pixelated heart tutorials out there but since I haven’t researched that at any point in the creation of my own quilt, I hope I’ll be forgiven for any repeat of content that surely exists somewhere.

That said, this quilt was enjoyable, simple, fast and fun to make.  Should you choose to make one, I hope you’ll enjoy the process as much as I did.

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The quilt is made up of these scrappy heart blocks, so begin by raiding your fabric and pulling everything you can find in your color scheme.  I chose variety in pattern and color, as it added to the pixelated look of my blocks and gave them dimension, so matching fabrics wasn’t a concern for me.  I did choose to avoid most of my fabrics with a lot of white in them so the blocks would have good contrast with my white background.  Let’s talk fabric and cutting requirements:

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Fabric requirements for the hearts (red, pink, purple, orange):

Each pixelated heart block requires 42 – 2.5″ squares.  If you want to make a quilt the same size I did, you will need enough squares to make twelve blocks, or 504 squares PLUS another 7 squares to complete the layout with a staggered row of hearts down the center of the quilt, making a total of 511.   Most 2.5 inch x width of fabric strips will allow you to cut 16 – 2.5 inch squares.   This means you will need at least 32 strips of fabric cut into 2.5 inch squares.  I cut more than this, knowing I would have leftover squares for another project, because I wanted more variety in my fabrics.

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Background fabric:

If you want to make a quilt like mine, the photo above indicates how many of each piece to cut.   You will need 2 yards of background fabric.  For an entire quilt, cut:
14 – 18.5″ strips
24 – 8.5″ strips
36 – 6.5″ strips
48 – 4.5″ strips
62 – 2.5″ squares

To make just one block, you will need 2-3 strips of 2.5 inch wide x width of fabric strips.

For one block, cut:
2 – 18.5″ strips2 – 8.5″ strips
3 – 6.5″ strips
4 – 4.5″ strips
5 – 2.5″ squares

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To make each block, begin by laying out your squares.  I found it easiest to lay out the 3rd & 4th rows first (9 squares across) and used those rows as a reference point for placing the squares on the rows above and below.  After arranging the squares as you like them, lay out the background pieces.  See the photo below if you’re not sure where to place each piece.

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Sew each row together, making eight rows total.  At this point I ironed my rows with each row’s seams facing alternating directions.  Doing this allowed me to nest all the seams in each row with precision.

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Sew the rows together, and as the last step in a completed block, add an 18.5″ strip across the bottom of the block beneath the point of the heart.  Adding that strip to the bottom of the heart brings the block to an 18.5″ square and also eliminates the need for any sashing between the blocks.  To make an entire quilt, make eleven of these blocks.  *Note:  typically I like to iron my quilt blocks at this point, but I chose not to iron the seams of the blocks at this point.  Waiting will make sense when putting the quilt together.

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The final piecing for the quilt top will prepare the center column you see below, with the 12th heart cut in half.

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After making 11 heart blocks, the final heart is made in two halves.  In actuality, it is made with an extra row, which is why we added 7 additional 2.5″ squares to the beginning number, as well as 2 additional 2.5″ background squares.  For the top half of the heart, piece the top 5 rows of a block together.

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The 5th row also makes an appearance in the bottom half of the heart.  Piece the bottom 5 rows of a block together to make this half of a heart.

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Now it’s time to lay the blocks out!  Arrange them in three columns, with four hearts on the outside columns and three hearts in the middle.  At the top of the middle row, place the bottom half of a heart.  At the bottom of the middle column, place the top half of a heart.

You will notice when you do this, that the middle column is one strip longer than the outside columns.  Take the top left and top right blocks of these outer columns and sew your last two 18.5″ strips to the top of them, as you see below.

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Having done this, sew the columns into strips.  *At this point, I ironed the blocks, ironing each strip in the outer columns down, then ironing each strip in the middle column facing up.  Doing this allowed me to nest every row together as I sewed the columns together, making the seams precise.

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Carefully sew the three columns together.  With those final two seams, you have a finished quilt top, measuring approximately 53″ x 74″.

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There you have it!  A simple scrappy heart quilt top.  Approximately 3.5 yards of fabric will make a quilt back, cut in half and sewn together along the selvages.  I’m working on quilting mine now and hope to share it soon.  If you have questions please leave a comment and I’ll do what I can to answer them.  Thanks for visiting!

Jennifer

Scrappy Heart Quilt Top

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Like everyone else, I have projects to finish and a long list of quilts I want to make, but when my little girls requested a heart quilt I cheerfully began sketching.   I typically don’t do much around the house for Valentine’s Day, but after having Christmas quilts to snuggle under during the holiday season I understand their request for a Valentine quilt.   I enjoyed making my mini heart quilt last year, and wanted to take a scrappy approach once again but decided to go for the pixelated look instead of taking the time to make half square triangles.

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I sketched out a block that would finish at 18 inches square and decided on a layout that requires no sashing between blocks.  Honestly, I think that’s my favorite thing about this quilt – the offset center strip of hearts that gives movement to it and prevents the white background from being overwhelming.

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I cut strips of red, pink, purple and a bit of coral/orange fabrics for this quilt as I wanted each block to have lots to look at.  The range in colors also enhances the pixelated look of the quilt.   My littles are already enjoying picking out small details as they wait anxiously for me to finish this project!

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The quilt top measures 53″ wide by 72″ long, a great size for two little sisters to snuggle under together.  A backing has been selected and I’m hoping for time to baste it later today.   Piecing this quilt top was relaxing and fun and I’m so glad I did it.  We’ll see if I can finish it by Friday!

*edited to add: I was asked to share a tutorial for this quilt top.  Find it here.

Jennifer

P.S. I’m linking up for the first time in many months!  Feels good…

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