Happy Home Heart-o-Gram Quilt Tutorial
Fabric Featured: Happy Home Fabrics by Sew Caroline for AGF
Low Volumes/White Background: 8 prints
-1/2 yd of each: Window View Spring, Block Festival, Where The Heart is Pure, View Desert, Entryway Joyeaux, Live by Peace, Lotus Beats Passion, and Entryways Candid
Colorful Prints: 12 prints
-1/2 yd of each: Table Flowers Rainbow, Grass in Moonlight, Forget me Not Calm, To Live By Love, Lotus Beats Echo, Bedside Journal Sunny, Table Flowers Cheer, Grass in Sunlight, Forget Me Not Romance, Block Party, Bedside Journal Candid, Where The Heart is Red,
-1 ½ yd Table Flowers Cheer *or pick your favorite print from the line
-1 yd Art Gallery Solid Grapefruilt
-2: 5 ½ x WOF from Block Festival
-64: 6 ½ x 6 ½ squares (10 of each remaining low volume prints)
-18: 5 ½ x 5 ½ squares (3 of each print)
-64: 6 ½ x 6 ½ squares (6 of each colorful print)
-20: 5 ½ x 5 ½ squares (2 of each colorful print)
-8: 3 ½ x WOF (solid)
-8: 5 x WOF (print)
Assembling your quilt top:
Create 64 Half Square Triangles (HST) by using one low volume (LV) and one colorful print (CP). Lay one LV 6 ½ x 6 ½ square with one CP 6 ½ x 6 ½ square right sides together (RST) and pin. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the LV square with a water-soluble or air soluble pen. Sew on each side of the line at a ¼ in seam allowance. Cut down the drawn line. Open and press your HST to the dark side.
Now it’s time to lay out your heart. To do this please use photo to help guide which direction the HST will go.
The heart is created using all 20 of the 5 ½ x 5 ½ CP, 18 of the 5 ½ x 5 ½ LV, and 10 HSTs. You can lay out the prints in your favorite layout.
The first row is created using four HST and two CP. The second and third row use six CP squares. The fourth row uses two HST and four CP. The fifth row uses two LV, two HST, and two CP. The last row uses four LV and two HST.
Sew each row together and press well. Then sew the rows together to create the heart square. On each side of the square you will lay out a vertical row of 6 LV 5 ½ x 5 ½ squares. Mix it up however you like. Sew the LV rows together and attach it to your heart.
Now attach the block festival 5 ½ x WOF to the top and bottom of your heart, iron, and trim. Your center is complete!!!
Now it’s time to lay out the rest of your HST to create a ripple affect!
Start with the top and bottom of your heart. Beginning in the middle of the heart, lay your HST down with the CP facing the outside corner away from your heart. The CP should all be going away from your heart center to create a ripple affect. Play around with the HST placement to get your favorite combos. There will be three horizontal rows of 8 HST on top of the heart and three horizontal rows of 8 HST below the heart. Sew each row together, iron and attach it to the heart.
Now repeat with the left and right side, remembering to adjust the diagonal of your CP to the outside corner of your quilt. The left side will have three vertical rows of 14 HSTs and the right side will have two vertical rows of 14 HSTs.
Creating the borders. For each border piece solid and print you will need to sew two strips of solid and two strips of print together to create a long enough border piece. I like to sew this in the bias (diagonal) but you can sew it up and down as well. Once you have your borders created sew your solid borders onto your quilt. First sew on the sides, iron, then sew on your top and bottom. Repeat with your print border.
Press well and congrats your quilt top is done! Grab some fun backing and quilt it however you like.