With Valentine’s day coming up I thought that I had better get a heart quilt made sooner rather than later. This lap quilt measures 40″ by 44″ and I have used 21″ of blue fabric, 16″ of red, 8″ of pink and 30″ of white – those measurements being across the width of fabric.
nine 2.7/8″ squares in blue and red
seven 2.7/8″ squares in blue and pink
twenty two 2.7/8″ in blue and white
four 2.7/8″ squares in red and pink
In 2.1/2″ squares you’ll need ninety blue, fifty white, twenty eight pink and thirteen red
For the borders you’ll need four 4..1/2″ strips of white and four 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric.
Making the heart quilt
Use the 2.7/8″ squares in the ratios given above to make half square triangles. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.
Designing the hearts
I have shown the completed rows further down to make it more easy for you to sew, but I’ll just run through the method that I used to get to the design so that you can try this out with other quilt design ideas.
I began by laying out squares to outline the pink heart and then added the outline of the red heart behind it. If you look at the line running between the hearts you’ll see where are pink/blue half square triangles that need to be changed to pink/red half square triangles. I couldn’t really see where the heart outlines would overlap until I had laid them both out.
Fill in the centres of the hearts with pink or red squares and then add blue squares on the edges to make the shape into a rectangle ten squares wide by eight squares long. If you look at the square on the seventh row where the two hearts meet you’ll see that a half square triangle doesn’t quite work – it makes the bottom of the red heart too square.
The only answer was to make a quarter square triangle for that position. Cut a 2.7/8″ pink square along one diagonal. Cut 3.1/4″ red and blue squares along both diagonals. Place one of each of these triangles together as shown on the right hand photo. Sew the red and blue triangles together and then sew them to the pink square.
So with the red and pink hearts complete, you can now place the outline of the blue heart and fill in the blue squares to complete that heart. Then add white squares to make the shape into a rectangle.
Heart quilt row by row
As promised, here is the layout row by row. The first line has two white squares at each end and in the middle. Each tip of the blue heart is made with two blue squares inside two blue/white triangles. The second row is one white square and one blue/white triangle at each end with ten blue squares in the middle. the third row is one blue/white triangle, five blue squares, two blue/red triangles, one blue square, two blue/red triangles, two blue squares, one blue/white triangle. The fourth row is three blue, two pink/blue triangles, one red/blue, two red/pink, three red, one red/blue and two blue squares.
The second four rows cover the bulk of the red and pink hearts. Row five is two blue, one blue/pink, five pink, one red/pink, three red, two blue. Row six is two blue, seven pink, three red, two blue. Row seven is two blue, seven pink, two red, one red/blue, two blue. Row eight is two blue, one pink/blue, five pink, one red/pink, one red, one red/blue, three blue.
Row nine is three blue, one blue/pink, three pink, the quarter square triangle block, one red, one red/blue, four blue. Row ten is one blue/white, three blue, one blue/pink, one pink, one blue/pink, six blue, one blue/white. Row eleven is one white and one blue/white at each end with ten blues between them. row twelve is two white and one blue/white at each end with eight blues between them.
Row thirteen is three whites and one blue/white with six blue squares between them. Row fourteen is four whites and a blue/white at each end with four blues between them. Row fifteen is five whites and a blue/white at each end with two blues between them and row sixteen is six whites, two blue/whites, six whites.
Heart quilt border
That completes the bulk of the heart quilt top, but I wanted a bit more white around the hearts so I used 4.1/2″ strips of white fabric – two 28.1/2″ long at top and bottom and two 40.1/2″ long on each side. You’ll notice that I have used 4.1/2″ squares here and in the bottom corners of the blue heart. This is purely because I had them in stash, so I have given you all the instructions in 2.1/2″ squares. If you did want to use more 4.1/2″ squares at any stage, one 4.1/2″ square is equivalent to four 2.1/2″ squares.
I had planned on finishing there, but I felt that a frame was needed, so I used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric for a final quilt border. Two strips 40.1/2″ down each side and two strips 40.1/2″ long across the top and bottom. I’ve chosen to sew the sides first in this instance because then all the border strips can be cut from one width of fabric.
That completes the heart quilt top. Full details of layering, quilting and binding can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video: