I finished this fun Valentine’s quilt on Valentine’s Day this year. There’s nothing like finishing a holiday project at the last possible second! With that said, I am thrilled with how this quilt came out, and I hope my kids will love pulling this quilt out of the decorations box every winter. The finished quilt measures 58.5×72.5
1 layer cake (I used this layer cake by Sandy Gervais)
1 1/4 yards for borders
1/2 yard for binding
2 1/8 yards 60″ wide minky for backing (I found one with a hearts pattern that was so soft!) or 3 1/3 yards quilting cotton for backing
Choose 12 layer cake squares that will be the hearts. Cut each of these squares into two 5″x9.5″ rectangles. You will have a total of 24 rectangles.
Choose 2 layer cake squares that will be the background squares for the tops of the hearts. Cut each of these squares into 16 2″ squares. You will have a total of 50 2″ squares.
Cut the remaining layer cake squares into 5″ squares to be used as background squares throughout the quilt.
Cut six strips of border fabric, each 7″ wide.
- All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise indicated.
- Begin by tracing a diagonal line on the back of a 5″ square from one corner to the opposite corner. You will need to draw the lines on the backs of 24 squares. I love using this pen which makes a bold line but washes right out.
- Align the squares from step one with the bottom of a 5″x9.5″ rectangle. Half of the squares will need to have the line going from the top left to the bottom right, and the other half will need to have the line going in the opposite direction, from the bottom left to the top right. These lines in opposite directions are what will form the point of the heart. Stitch the square to the rectangle by stitching directly along the line you drew on each square. Repeat this process with all of the rectangles.
- Once again, trace a diagonal line from corner to corner, this time on each of the 2″ squares. Align one square with top left corner and one square with the top right corner. The diagonal lines in both squares should point toward the top center of the block. Stitch directly on your stitching line again.
- Next, it’s time to trim the extra fabric from each of the heart blocks and press them open. Trim the excess fabric down to a 1/4″ seam allowance on each of your seams.
- Align a left-sided heart half with a right-sided heart half and stitch together. You will have 12 finished hearts. I ran out of time to work on this quilt, so I stopped taking my regular pictures here, so the remaining pictures will be from the finished quilt.
- Next, choose two background squares and stitch them together along one side. Make nine of these two-square pairs.
- Make a column of four heart blocks, with a two-square pair stitched between each heart block. You will need three completed columns.
- Choose 11 different background blocks and stitch them together into one long column. Make four of these columns. Alternate a background column with a heart block column to make the main body of the quilt.
- Choose 10 different background blocks and stitch them together into one long row. You will need two of these rows. Stitch the rows to the top and bottom of your quilt.
- Stitch the border strips together along the short sides to make one very long border strip. Cut two 59″ lengths from this strip to be attached to the sides of the quilt, and two 58.5″ lengths from this strip to be attached to the top and bottom of the quilt.
- Stitch your borders first to the two sides of the quilt, and then to the top and bottom of the quilt.
- Layer with your backing and batting and quilt as desired.