MAKE A SWEETHEART QUILT FOR YOUR SWEETHEART

If you fancy snuggling up to someone you fancy this Day, maybe you should make them a Sweetheart Quilt so they can get the hint!

With a whopping great big geometric heart patch worked into the design, they are sure to appreciate the sentiment.

I originally designed this quilt a few years ago as the ‘We Heart Saturdays Quilt’ – Perfect for wrapping yourself up in on a Saturday night on the sofa. The size also makes a great play mat or picnic blanket.

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What do you like to do on Saturdays. I like to sew. Having the Mr Man home from work on Saturday means I can handover the responsibility of parenting for a little while, shut myself up in the sewing room, pop on my head phones and make something.

To celebrate the joy of Saturdays in the sewing room, I’ve designed the ‘We Heart Saturdays’ Quilt. A quilt that can be whipped up in one day and enjoyed that very evening.

Of course if you are new to sewing or quilting it may take a little longer, but I’ve included some short cuts if you are pressed for time.

Measurements are in inches but I have included metric conversions for fabric quantities.

You will need:

  • 1.75 yd (155cm) red stripe or red print, quilting cotton. width min 42″ (110cm)
  • 1.25 yd (115cm) black and white floral print, quilting cotton. width min 42″ (110cm) (I’ve used a sheet remnant)
  • Quilt batting (cotton or blend) slightly larger than finished size
  • Backing fabric slightly larger than finished size
  • Matching sewing thread (red and white)
  • Rotary cutter, quilting ruler and cutting mat.
  • Basting Spray or supplies for basting method of choice
  • 1/4″ sewing foot & regular or walking foot
  • General quilting and sewing supplies.

How to:

Note:
1/4” seam allowance used throughout except for attaching binding.
Make sure you iron all of your fabric before you start cutting.

Cutting

From red fabric:

  • two 12 7/8” squares
  • two 12 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ rectangles
  • one 24 7/8″ square

From black fabric:

  • two 12 7/8” squares
  • one 24 7/8″ square
  • two 2 3/4″ (7cm) strips across width of fabric for binding

Top Construction

1. Join the two red rectangular piece, short sides matching to make one long rectangle (12 1/2″ x 48 1/2″)
I’ve discovered an easy method of creating triangles shapes without too much messing about, it’s called Half Square Triangle, here’s how.

a. Lay matching sized squares over each other right sides facing.

b. Rule a line diagonally corner to corner.

c. Stitch a 1/4″ seam on either side of marked line. (I’ve enhanced the markings on the last picture to make it easier to see)

e. Open each triangle and press.

2. Use the half square triangle method on 2x small squares and 1x large square of each colour to make, four small half triangle pieces and two large half triangle pieces.

Backing and Quilting

4. The batting and backing fabric slightly larger than the top.

5. Press top and backing fabric.

6. Lay backing fabric right side down on a smooth surface and spray lightly with basting spray, lay batting layer on top and smooth.

7. Spray basting spray onto batting and lay top over batting. Smooth down layers to ensure no creases. No pinning or further basting is required. (I actually ran out of Basting spray so there are a few pins in there to secure)