Tips & Hints
This block was also designed by Liz Godfrey and is called Blooming Hearts. This block uses the Moda Swirls Natural fabric, a red print, a medium green print and a dark green print. The blocks this year are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for February.
Cutting directions for ONE block are below:
The first units we will be making are part of the heart unit. These will use the two 3" x 4" red print rectangles and four 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" Moda swirls squares. Two squares are pinned and sewn to two adjancent corners on one longer side of each block. Draw a light pencil line diagonally on the wrong side of each natural swirls square and stitch on it. Trim to a 1/4" and press the squares toward the corners. See graphic below. Repeat for the second unit.
Sew the 3" x 3" natural swirls print to one end of one of the previous unit. The square will be on the left side and the snowball corners will be on the top. (See block graphic above.) Press the seam toward the natural swirls square. Sew the bottom of the other snowball unit to the side of the 4" x 4" red print square. Press the seam toward the red square. Join these two units, matching the seams to form the heart unit of the block. (See block graphic above for correct placement.)
Next we will do the leaf units. The first two units are created by sewing a 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" natural swirls square to one end of a 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle, in the same manner as the snowball units above. Be sure to draw and stitch the seams in two opposite directions, otherwise your two units will be alike and not mirror images of each other.
Make the next set of leaf units with the 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" natural swirls rectangles and 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" the dark green print rectangles. The rectangles are placed at right angles and the line drawn diagonally and stitched, as you would when joining binding strips, in order to get an diagonal seam. See graphic below. Sizes are approximate. Trim the seam and press toward the natural swirls fabric. Make two more units, using the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" natural swirls rectangles and the 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" medium green rectangles. These will all be 6 1/2" long. If you have trouble getting them this size, cut your strips a little longer and trim them after sewing the seam. Join each set of leaf units, making sure the diagonal seams are going the same way in each unit of three. (See block graphic above for correct location.) Press the seams open.
Make a nine patch unit by sewing the 1 1/2" dark green and light green print squares together. The first row consists of two dark green squares with a medium green square sewed between them. The third row is the same. The second row is a dark green print square sewed between two medium green print squares. I pressed my seams open as the units that join to this nine patch are pressed open, due to their construction. Join the three rows. Press the seams open. (See block graphic above for correct placement.)
Join the left side of the leaf unit with the seams going toward the right to the right side of the heart unit. Press seam open. Join the end of the other leaf unit to the medium and dark green nine patch. Press the seam open. Join these two units, matching the placement in the block graphic above. Press the seam open.
The block is 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for February. Please mail your blocks so they will be received by Patty before the end of the month. Include a Priority Mail stamp and an address label if you did not send one with your January blocks.