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Heart Quilt Pattern

Updated on December 27, 2009

Free Paper Pieced Heart Pattern

In honor of Valentine's Day, I put together a quick foundation pieced heart that can be made into a wall hanging, a table runner, or if you like, you can just add it to your library of paper pieced patterns. I made the sample that you see here with scraps of assorted pink fabrics from my stash.

This is a fairly simple pattern - there are sixteen pieces and it is pieced all in one segment. There is some bulk at the two seams where the points all meet that you do need to watch out for when you sew over them. Finished size is six inches. If you want a larger or smaller block, use a copy machine to reduce or enlarge the pattern.

Foundation Pattern - Heart

Right click on the image to save it to your hard drive and then print the pattern using your preferred graphics program. The block is designed to be 6 1/2 inches (including the seam allowances). You can use a copier to increase or decrease the block to the size that you desire. See below for some suggestions on how to use this block to make a Valentine's Day table runner.

Vertical Runner or Wall Hanging Layout

The runner is shown here with two hearts facing one direction and two hearts facing the other direction for use on a table. If you prefer to make a wall-hanging, have all of the hearts facing in one direction.

Cutting instructions:

Sashing strips - Cut three strips 2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches long

Borders - Cut two strips 2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches long (same as the sashing strips) and two strips 2 inches wide by 32 inches long

Assembly instructions:

Sew the sashing strips in between the blocks. Sew the short border strips on each end and then sew the side strips on. Quilt using your preferred method and bind to finish. The top, before quilting, will be about 9 1/2 inches wide and 32 inches long (including side and top seam allowances).

* The border is shown as being mitered in the image. The cutting and assembly instructions are specified for a butted or squared border instead. For instructions on how to sew a mitered border, visit Quilt University's Mitering Borders tutorial.

Hearts on Point Table Runner

On this runner, the hearts are rotated a quarter turn so that is less directional than the runner shown above. This runner finishes up at approximately 12 1/2 inches wide and 44 inches long. The assembly process is a bit complicated because it is constructed on the diagonal. Read through the sewing instructions before beginning to make sure you understand how the pieces are put together.

Cutting instructions:

Side triangles - Cut four 6 1/2 inch squares; cut squares in half to make 6 triangles

Corner triangles - Cut two 4 3/4 inch squares; cut squares in half to make 4 triangles

Sashing strips - Cut 16 strips 2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches long

Sashing squares - Cut 13 2 inch squares (you will trim the side squares into triangles later)

Borders - Cut two strips 1 1/2 inches wide by 11 inches long and two strips 1 1/2 inches wide by 44 1/2 inches long

Assembly instructions:

1) The runner is assembled in diagonal strips. Sew eight sashing strips to the upper left and lower right sides of the heart block (refer to the drawing to determine rotation of the heart block).

2) Assemble sashing strips as follows: Unit A = one strip with a 2 inch sashing square on each end (make two) and Unit B = sew together in this order - square, strip, square, strip, square (make three).

3) Referring to the image, begin at the bottom and sew unit A to the lower left edge of a square unit and sew on two smaller corner triangles to the left and right lower edges. Add a side triangle to the upper left edge. Set aside.

4) Assemble the second and third diagonal heart strips by sewing side triangles to the upper left and lower right edges of the heart block. Set aside.

5) Sew together the final diagonal heart strip by sewing the last Unit A to the upper right edge of the heart block. Add a side triangle to the lower right edge of the block. Finish the strip by sewing on the corner triangles to the upper right and left corners.

6) Assemble the runner by sewing the blocks together in the order that you made them, adding the Unit B strip in between.

7) Finish the runner by adding the border strips on the top and bottom followed by the side borders.

* The border is shown as being mitered in the image. The cutting and assembly instructions are specified for a butted or squared border instead. For instructions on how to sew a mitered border, visit Quilt University's Mitering Borders tutorial.

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      DecoratingMom411 4 years ago

      Your lens is very detailed. The pattern is so beautiful! Great job!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautiful heart quilt.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Beautiful! ~ I wish I could quilt.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I love the pattern. The simple heart would make a great project for my daughter this Valentine's Day. Thanks for the info. Great lens.

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      Cool! Quilting is a tradition in my family -- not in my immediate family, because my mother was so very little when her mother died. But it was passed down to me by way of my great-aunt and aunt. There are quilts hanging on the wall now.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Cool! I don't know how to quilt, this lens makes me wish I did. I am lensrolling it to my hearts lens

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Darling! Great job and Blessed!