FREE 10" Full Heart Quilt Block Tutorial



Hello and welcome to my blog! If you're new here or visiting from my Instagram post, thanks for stopping by :)

Today I've got a free 10" quilt blocked tutorial called "Full Heart" for you. It features a heart within a heart and the possibility for quilt layouts and color combinations are endless! I hope you'll enjoy this simple tutorial, if you'd like to save it for later please click here to access the PDF.

Please use #fullheartblock on social media to share your creations! :)

Pieces for ONE block:

Purple:
2 - 5 1/2" squares
1 - 2 1/2" square
4 - 1 1/2" squares

Pink:
1- 5 1/2" x 3 1/5" rectangle
1- 2 1/2" x 3 1/5" rectangle

White:
1 - 5 1/2" square
2 - 2 1/2" squares
2 - 2" squares

TIP: Chain piecing will make the process go much faster!



1/4" seams used throughout.

Instructions:

  1. Beginning with your (2) Purple 5 1/2" squares, ADD one White 2 1/2" square to the top right corner of one Purple square, then add one to the top left corner on the opposite Purple square - sew at the diagonal to create half-square triangles on the corners.
  2. Next, add the (2) White 2" squares on opposite corners of the large Purple squares you've just sewn - also sewing at the diagonal to create half-square triangles on the corners. You should now have two large Purple squares that look like the ones pictured above.
  3. Attach the single large 5 1/2" White square to the right side of your top Purple square as shown above - make sure the seam is sewn on the side of the purple square containing the 2" HST.
  4. Now, add (2) Purple 1 1/2" squares to the top of your Pink 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle, sewing at at the diagonal to create HST's. (ensure you attach both to the 3 1/2" side)
  5. Repeat for Pink 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle, except this time you'll be sewing the two smaller 1 1/2" purple squares to the long side of the rectangle.
  6. Attach your Purple 2 1/2" square to the top of the short pink rectangle, ensuring that the HST corners are on the right side as shown.
  7. Attach both pink rectangle blocks lengthwise, then add your final 5 1/2" Purple square to the right side of those blocks.
  8. You should now have two main pieces left to put together. Attach the Purple / White rectangle piece to the top of the piece containing the smaller pink heart and you're finished!
  9. Trim to 10" square.

Note: the white square on these blocks provides a great area for embroidery, especially if you're using this as a charity block to be donated to make a quilt for someone in need. You could easily add your name, city / state, or other information!

Many of you experienced quilters will be able to do this tutorial without the Instruction steps. Simply look at the diagram :) I hope this tutorial was explained well enough for you - as always feel free to leave comments or concerns or email me at hilltopcustomdesigns@gmail.com.


2017 Scrapbook Quilt


After much deliberation and lots of sketching on my Rhodia Graph pad, I have finally decided on my design for my 2017 scrappy flying geese quilt!

I mentioned this quilt a while back after buying  a new flying geese ruler and wanting to test it out. I had been thinking of digging through my scrap bins and my goal for 2017 was to use up as much of my scraps as possible. I have bins and bags full of them but no projects in mind at the time.

This quilt will feature scrappy low volume blocks. Each block will contain 4 HST's and 6 flying geese. The end result is an almost kaleidoscope-like quilt design. I have already written up a pattern and am excited to get this quilt made so I can show you all the finished product and release my quilt pattern! 



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Needle Minders & a Snow Day!


Yesterday and today were "snow days" for my two oldest kids (daughters, 4 and 8) so we stayed home and did lots of arts & crafts and watched movies.

I made a few of these adorable magnetic needle minders and while it was really just for the fun of it, after I was done I realized no one in their right mind can use 12 needle minders all at the same time - then I realized I owned 3 more (purchases from others) LOL. Needless to say my little moment of crafting needed to be turned into something else since I cant keep them all so I decided to sell them.



I listed the needle minders for sale on my Instagram shop account (sort of like a pop-up shop!) and sold 7 of them almost immediately. There are still a few left, including these adorable Heather Ross prints shown above (princess and frog). If you're interested, i've listed them in my shop here.

These are great for hand sewing or embroidery so my plan is to make some and stick them in swap packages as well.

Hope you're having a good January so far!

My Package: Herringbone Mug Rug Swap


I remember this morning while working on some custom graphic design orders on my Macbook that I totally forgot to upload photos to the blog of the lovely package I received from @madame_tailor for the Herringbone Mug Rug Swap.

Maria sent me a beautiful two-sided mug rug. The first side features my Herringbone Mug Rug pattern and the second side is beautiful rainbow flying geese with hand quilting details around each one. She also sent me some amazingly delicious French teas (loose), a tea steeper, and a dark chocolate bar from a French chocolatier. 


Everything was so yummy!! I loved it all and was thrilled with my package. 

The mug rug is too beautiful to put a cup on for fear of it getting stained so I'm going to hang it on my mini-wall behind my sewing area and flip it over every so often to enjoy both sides :)



Easy DIY Design Board for Quilt Blocks



Today I've got a quick and easy tutorial of sorts for you to make your own cheap (less than $5.00) design board for displaying quilt block pieces. I wasn't going to post this, but a few people DM'd me on Instagram asking how I did it.. so here you go!

These are sold commercially by a couple different entities but I didn't really need something cute and fancy, right? It just needs to be functional. And for less than 5 bucks, not having to pay to have anything shipped to my house, thats a win in my book. I got my canvas at Ollie's for less than $3, so when you factor in the scrap of batting I used and some glue, it really didn't cost much at all and didn't require much effort either!


Supplies:


  • One wrapped canvas in your preferred size (as cheap as you can get it, it won't be used for any special painting or crafty projects.)
  • Piece of batting at least 2-3" larger than canvas *on all sides*
  • Hot glue or staple gun.

Instructions:

  1. Lay your canvas face down on your batting and center.
  2. Using hot glue or staples, secure batting to the back of your canvas (on the wooden boards) beginning with the longest sides.
  3. Next, secure the short sides either by folding them inward (like wrapping a present) or cutting the corners off to lessen the bulk. 
You're done!! Seriously, thats all it takes. Now I have a nice, super cheap, 11" x 14" design board where I can play with quilt block pieces, arranging and re-arranging them to see what I like best. Its also great for tiny blocks, so you don't lose all those little pieces!

Why the wrapped canvas? I had a few people ask me this on Instagram. Some commented that they prefer foam board. Here's why I like wrapped canvas - The empty spot in the back makes the board SO MUCH EASIER to hang on a wall and the thick wooden frame makes it easier to prop against something and allow it to stand on its own. With thin foam board you just don't get those benefits in my opinion - but to each their own!

I hope this was helpful, albeit a bit self explanatory.