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Crazy Hearts: a Valentine's project

Updated on March 12, 2016
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Quilter, author, tutor, and columnist, Jan T Urquhart Baillie has been sharing her passion for quilting for more than 30 years.

Crazy hearts could mean all sorts of things...

You are crazy about something

Your heart is crazy for someone...

I am going to show you how to make some crazy patchwork hearts as a gift for Valentine's Day.

I made a small wall hanging that will post easily to my Valentine.

My Crazy Hearts
My Crazy Hearts

What you can make

with these crazy hearts

I made a small wall hanging that will post easily to my Valentine.

The size can be tiny, can be A4 or Letter, or can be as large as you want. Mine are about 5 inches square.

You could use smaller hearts and glue them to cardstock for postcards or greeting cards.

You could join two into a pincushion.

If you make tiny hearts, then your patches need to be small too, otherwise you won't have any crazy patch when you cut them out.

1. What you need - to make a crazy heart

  • Assorted red fabric scraps
  • Red sewing thread
  • 1 x 6 inch square of lightweight pale fabric such as lawn for each heart
  • Sewing equipment
  • Paper or plastic heart shapes for templates

Everything collected? - Let's go!

Supplies you need
Supplies you need

2. Start making your crazy heart

When you're ready

Position two scraps of red - anywhere on your foundation

Start with two scraps of red
Start with two scraps of red

Right sides together, sew with a ¼ inch seam



Almost cover the foundation fabric - Enough so the heart will fit

Cover the foundation fabric
Cover the foundation fabric

3. Cut out your crazy heart(s)

Position your template

Draw around it onto the crazy patch

Position your template
Position your template | Source

Cut out your crazy heart

Crazy heart
Crazy heart | Source

4. Make the heart fancy

Place the heart(s) on the background

Spray with positioning spray to hold in place

Positioning Spray

Odif USA 202 No Pin Pattern Adhesive Spray
Odif USA 202 No Pin Pattern Adhesive Spray
Position patches on your background ready for the stitching process Follow the instructions on the can and you can't go wrong!

Add fancy stitches by hand or machine - to your crazy heart

Detail My Crazy Hearts
Detail My Crazy Hearts

5. Time to put it all together

Here's what you need for this step

  • Your crazy hearts quilt
  • Backing fabric about 1 inch larger all around than the hearts
  • Lightweight batting the same size as the backing
  • Threads in desired colours
  • Sewing machine set up for quilting

Getting ready to quilt your crazy heart project

  1. Layer the backing wrong side up, position the batting on top of the backing (lining) fabric.
  2. Lay the hearts on top, centering the top on the batting.
  3. Baste the layers together either by spray or pins.

Layer the back, batting and top - to make the quilt 'sandwich'

Three layers of the hearts quilt
Three layers of the hearts quilt

Quilt Basting Spray - from Amazon

Odif Usa 505 Spray and Fix Temporary Fabric Adhesive, 12.40oz
Odif Usa 505 Spray and Fix Temporary Fabric Adhesive, 12.40oz
For small quilt projects, or quilts that will be washed lots, use spray basting. It's so fast!

Basting with spray

for our crazy hearts project

Read the instructions on the can of spray.

Follow them exactly and the results will be great.

My crazy hearts are ready to quilt

6. Add some quilting

to give it sculpture

Quilted with heart designs - detail of the quilting design

Bind the little quilt - sign the back and post it to your Valentine

© 2010 Jan T Urquhart Baillie


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