There is a very nice free heart block designed by Janet Wickell here at About.com. The block finishes at 6 inches. I made these according to Janet’s instructions (cut squares for the HSTs, draw diagonal lines, stitch on the lines, trim, etc.):
I prefer to print Inklingo shapes. Each block needs two different size HSTs: four 1.5 inches, and two 3 inches. (Remember with Inklingo shapes we reference the finished size.) I’ll just rotary cut the two 3.5×6.5 inch rectangles.
Both of these HSTs are available in Inklingo Collection HST00B. The 1.5 inch HST is also in two Storm at Sea collections–4.5 inches and the 9 inches; and the 3 inch HST is also in Storm at Sea 9 inches.
I’m about to make 6 more blocks (two for a project, the rest will be extras). This time I’m making a colored heart on a light background only, not the reverse.
To print the 24 1.5 inch HSTs, I need a 7.75×10.25 piece of fabric. For the 12 3 inch HSTs, I need a 8.25×12.25 piece of fabric. I’m looking forward stitching these!
Edited to add construction pics. You probably won’t be able to see the Inklingo templates printed on these ‘cuz I printed them very lightly. When I print for pics, I usually do it a bit darker so you can see everything. Also, after stitching each seam I cut off the excess triangle of background fabric.
1. Layout to add first 1.5 inch HSTs:
2. Layout to add second 1.5 inch HSTs:
3. Layout to add 3 inch HSTs:
Yes, I pressed to the light with this particular block. I’ll do that for half the blocks for easier construction.
’til later, Jillian