Feb 7, 2024

Free Heart Quilt Patterns and Other Valentine Projects: Updated 2024

February is National "Take Care of Your Heart Month".

We take care of our own physical heart, we take care of our emotional heart,  and we reach out with love and compassion from our emotional/spiritual heart to others.

Whenever we make a comfort quilt or donate a block to a given cause, we are putting a piece of ourself-our empathic heart, into that donation.

Whether they are given to a loved one, heart surgery adults or tiny babies born with congenital heart disease, and always for cancer care and love,  for hospice donations, or to simply to show our love, faith, and caring. And always, of course there's our dear friends,loved ones and family and in this crowd- sewing,quilting and crating groups or gift swaps!

It's wonderful to make and keep heart blocks, quilts and other projects on hand any time of the year! And over the years and years of blogging since 2008, my list of ideas, sketches, photos and photos that spark my creative urges- well lists just grow and grow!!!

Make a pledge to yourself, and to those you love this month. Take good care of your own heart with healthy habits and a good and active life and make a comfort quilt, a heart shaped comfort pillow, or some other lovely little heart filled gift of comfort to another.

One for you, one for a beloved, and one for someone you may never meet, but one you can still reach out to with love!

And please think of all of the little ones that have been born with congenital heart defects. Known as  "heart warriors" it is heart-warming to make little neo-natal quilts and donate to any hospital for these amazing little warriors!

Please make and donate baby quilts to your own local NICU or PICU. Each baby is presented with a handmade and donated soft baby quilt to bring home. They are incredibly appreciated.

 Or how about making a heart potholder for a nurse or someone needing to know they are loved!

Or a small pillow of comfort? 

Or a gift? 

I even made heart shaped concrete yard decor using large leaves from my yard as the molds!


February is National Heart Month but 
Every day, all over the world, babies are born with no explainable reason with heart defects. 

Heart quilts and heart blankets are lovely, caring ways to share and to show love. šŸ’œ

While some heart defects may be as minor as leaky heart valves, others are so serious that they require immediate life saving efforts and open heart cardiac surgery.

These precious newborns or young babies have to be placed on a cardio-pulmonary bypass (heart-lung) machine while cardio-pulmonary surgeons have to do micro surgical repairs that can take up to 10 hours to do.

And if you aren't aware, a newborn's tiny heart is about 1" across. Imagine micro-surgery on that for 8 to 10 hours!

A very special little newborn underwent  this amazing surge and is healthy and thriving today. Thank goodness for the large teams of advanced pediatric cardio-vascular specialists and 
And of course, every day both men and women are facing heart disease and the possibility of a heart attack. It can happen unexpectedly even to those with no prior history,  symptons, or risk factors.

And there are so many men and women with heart disease who face heart attacks or need comfort and care as they face a heart breaking cancer diagnosis! I have free tutorials for heart pillows in several styles and shapes.

And fleece comfort blankets are always appreciated!

Heart pillows and comfort gifts and blankets are always needed and greatly appreciated.  And your own heart will be filled with the gift of giving to others.

Please donate to Breast Cancer patients or make gifts from your own heart!

Heart pillows, soft fleece blankets or quilts for chemo, seat belt pillow protectors for use with a chemo port or after surgery.

My own heart shaped or themed tutorials

My String Pieced Prayer Pocket Pillow

Make with strings or solids and use the little pocket in the back - for sending good wishes of any kind!

My breast cancer  heart pillow I made for my daughter to place under a post-surgery car  seatbelt.

A post open heart pillow to ease pain of coughing after heart attacks/ surgery.

For any reason heart pillow as example of ones to make and donate to hospitals . 

A perfect and caring gift for post surgery for either cardiac or breast cancer patients, hugging a pillow over the heart after cardiac surgery or under the arm after breast surgery have been shown to help significantly with post-operative pain. 

This one was made for a "cowboy" in our family who has his 5th heart attack a decade ago and is still active and a gift to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

My Origami Petal Bag donat or as a gift for hospital patients bed table to personal items always needed.

My own traveling journal cover I used used for up to 4 trips a year to help ill or dying loved ones in both Alaska and Oregon.

Make a free form "Hearts and Valentines" tinfoil wrapping paper or candy wrapping project with scissors, Mod Pidge or lots of Elmer's Glue. Great fun for all ages!

Mine is on stiff interfacing since I'm an art quilter among other things but cardboard works great. Then I save/use cup up cereal boxes.

Make a Heart from the Heart free form an appliqued quilted art card or wall hanging.

Here are ones I made for my brother and my sister-in-law after my brither was jet ambulanced from Anchorage AK to Seattle's Harborview Hospital in a life threatening brain infection and a medically induced coma.

Make a simple quilt and applique a heart on top of its blocks!

Most patterns are for personal use only so check the specifics before you use them for sale projects. And always give credit and thanks when writing about projects you have made using these patterns!!

A heart bib for baby! Just cut out a paper heart and use it for a pattern! Lots of bib patterns available at the link:

I've even used a heart shaped leaf and create my own summer project of concrete display items!  

Making this involves leaves mixing concrete and pressing it into leaves. I made a dozen and love them! We have almost non-stop rain in Southeast  Alaska especially on Douglas Island where i grew up. They last many years. My ones in Oregon are over a decade old and in great shape.

I've made my own Valentines with cloth and paper and trims! A little free motion sewing and lots and lots of fun! Crast paper, fabric, trims etc.

How To Make A Fabric Post Card, Fabric Art Card, or Fabric Art Quiltlet

Making Prayer Flags

Lots of ideas for making simple banners and prayer flags. Here i added a heart and some sweet sentiments!

And now....my collection of more than a hundred links for free heart shaped quilt blocks or heart themed quilt or craft patterns all in one place for you to check out for special gift for a loved one, or for another Valentine's Day in the future! Links below:

From Geta's Quilt Studio:


 Big Hearted Quilt: free pattern at Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)


Freebies: Paper pieced hearts

How to Make County Raggedy Heart Coasters

Heart Patterns
Click on the PICTURE to Download the Free Pattern from Cindy Carter!


Terri at Quilternity’s Place (hearts above) is sharing a couple of free heart quilt patterns on her blog. Go HERE to read more.
Images credit: Quilternity’s Place

 From Google:

Supply List for Pillow:
1-5/8 yd dark red for border & back
1/8 yd dark pink for border
Assortment of 1-1/8” white strips
Assortment of 1-1/8” dark red strips
14” square pillow form
Six 7/8” or larger buttons

 I made my baby quilt with my own design and not using a pattern. But if you need a specific design with its pattern, here are some ideas!


Make a log cabin heart block!!

 log cabin love pillow

Make Log Cabin blocks into a Heart and create a Pillow!
 from Lisa in Port Hope!

To make a heart from log cabin blocks:
Four log cabin blocks..red and white, pinks and white..your choice all cut at 1 3/8" strips
Curving top log cabins: colorful strips cut @ 1 5/8", white strips at 1 1/8"
Adding another piece of white at the diagonal top corner to create the curve!
Blocks finish at about 6 3/4"


from sotak handmade!

Svetlana writes " This pixelated heart pillow is made of 2" squares, most of them from my scrap bin - yay!, and was inspired by Jolene's wonderful quilt", check it out!


Table Runner from Google:

  This lovely is approximately 17” x 43”, make 3 hearts.   
Sew a 1-3/4” strip of dark red sashing between the hearts to connect them.  Sew a 1-3/4” strip of the same dark red sashing on the top & bottom and then on each end.  Sew a 3-3/4” border of contrasting red on the top & bottom and then on each end.  Quilt & bind as desired.

Wall Hanging:

Follow instructions for pillow A-D.  For wall hanging approximately 28” x 31”, make 4 hearts.  Sew a 1-3/4” strip of dark red sashing between 2 hearts to make 2 sets.  Sew a 1-3/4” strip of the same dark red sashing between the 2 sets to make one row on top of the other.  Sew another 1-3/4” strip of the same dark red sashing on each side and then on the top and bottom.  Sew a 3-3/4” border of contrasting red on each side and then on the top and 

bottom.  Quilt & bind as desired

Heart Garden quilt tutorial by Ellie Roberts for Moda Bakeshop 


Candy Hearts Quilt by Gigi's Thimble for Moda Bakeshop

 Vintage Heart Collage by Allison Aller  free pattern at American Quilter

Heart Tree by Liz Jones from her book Flowers, Hearts and Garlands, free applique pattern at American Quilter

Have a Heart, free pattern by Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins at Piece o'Cake Designs

Have a Heart, free quilt pattern by Nina Lise Moen at Mrs Moen Free Patterns

Scrappy Heart Quilt by Cindy Carter at Carter Quilter (there are seven different free hearts patterns at this link)

Be Still My Heart tutorial by Jacquie Gering at Tallgrass Prairie Studio

Twisting Heart Valentine at Freemotion by the River





Download your FREE Nine-Patch Heart Block pattern from link below. Refer to the McCall's Quilting issue shown below for the Heart of the Home quilt pattern by Jackie Robinson.


Click here to download their FREE Nine-Patch Heart Quilt Block Pattern from their FREE online Quilt Block Reference library.

Have fun designing your own Valentine's Day quilts. The Valentines blocks shown here each finish to approximately 8".

Make one block and frame it, or assemble a group of blocks into a quilt. By mixing fabrics and block styles and alternating sashing between blocks, the possibilities are endless.

Use drawing from above link to make another little Sue for a card or a quilt block!

Heart 'n Hand Needle Case Pattern (pdf)

Heart Blocks

The Heart Pillow Program - NEW - Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick

AppliquƩ Heart Wreath

Have A Heart Patterns-New!!!!

Have A Heart from Carol Doaks

Choose the woven heart, the bow heart or the star heart to send a message of love and friendship. Click to download the pdf

Floral Hearts

Read her tutorial at link above:
Download her pattern from her link, as well: Click here for Pattern

Sketching the pattern

Wonky Hearts:

Wonky Hearts: Sharon of Indigo

Sketching the pattern

Heart Quilting Patterns from original Nancy Page published patterns circa 1980's

Stack'n Whack Hearts http://www.bethanyreynolds.com/snwhearts.html

Strings ~ Hearts from Mary at MaryQuilts.com

Make a Patchwork Heart Quilt Block

Heart and Hands Tea Cozy Click here (to download Template Diagrams, PDF format)

How to Create a Heart-in-Hand Valentine Card eHow.com

Cheater's patchwork,cut and paste fabric squares: a card making tutorial

Flower hearts

String Heart Block from sophie

Many Pieced Heart Blocks by Carol Doak, including Pink Ribbons and Hearts

from Midnight Creations

Tutorial: Crocheted Stuffed Heart 

AmeriHearts at Home

About.com PP Heart can be a Signature Block

Pat Patches Crazy Heart (in Portuguese)

 pdf:http://www.pat.patches.nom.br/Down/2003/BMJan03.pdf simple pieced heart with lots of diagrams

  • 1 piece of white cardstock to print the heart template
  • 1 piece of colored cardstock
  • 1 piece of coordinating patterned paper
  • 2 small brads - I used heart shaped ones, but plain brass ones work fine
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • black pen or marker
  • 1/8 inch hole punch
  • 2 small googly eyes and glue (optional)
Directions can be found here:  Love Bug Valentine's

You can find the tutorials for most of these "Snippets" HERE


Bloomin' Blossoms for Spring
Table Topper, 20" x 20"

Quilt Logic

Quilters Neighbourhood Pieceable Hearts

Quilt Pox Think Pink Hearts

Red Dawn’s Woven Heart
 PP: paper pieced

Pin Cushion in a Cup Tutorial


 Isn't this the cutest pincushion, ever? Check it out and find a tutorial to make your own at: 

Children Can Make this Needlecase from Nini!

How to make a mouse pincushion or fill it with catnip for your own furry loved ones.

Strawberry: You may remember seeing charming strawberry pincushions like these in your grandmother’s sewing box.

Easy Patchwork: These are fairly easy, take about an hour, and it’s a great way to use up little scrap pieces.

Hex: Trimmed with fabric binding, includes a template to download.

Tea Cup Flower: You’ll need enough scraps of fabric for 10 tea cup circles


Tomato Pincushion
 click image!

Pincushion Tutorial: click image above!

Chicken Pincushions with Thread Caddy Nests

Berry: The use of woollen yarns and simple stitches make this a quick and easy project to create. Free pdf pattern download.

Simply Geometric: It is made up of circles, squares and triangles. Simply geometric!

Mushroom: Fairly simple project that requires a bit of sewing and a hot glue gun.

Giant: These are super simple to make and adorable! They come in handy around   your sewing room and work as great gifts for sewing friends.

Button Center: With this pincushion, now you have a cute and colorful landing place for all of your sewing pins.
Homegrown Tomato: Stitch a robust heirloom variety! 

Bari J. Pincushion: Free pdf download available.

Yo-Yo: Make yo-yo’s from scratch or with a yo-yo maker for these cuties


Teacup: Made with vintage teacups.

Pod Flower: Sweet little cushions made with felt.

DIY Owl: An owl shape is made out of modeling clay

Wraparound: A wraparound pincushion that fastens onto your sewing machine keeps pins in place and at your finger tips.

following directions of friend, Barb Vis

Petit Strawberry: A simple yet pretty pincushion you can attach to scissor handles, a rotary cutter, whatever else you like.

Thread Caddy & Pin Holder

Six little pockets to hold thread, the center is stuffed and
 used as a pincushion. Tutorial available via free pdf download. 

Design by Mary Tosch, pdf from Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville.com

Pincushion, Pincushion/Thread Catcher

Chicken Pincushions with Thread Caddy Nests

Chicken Pincushions with Thread Caddy Nests


Darling little stuffed owl pillow..make one or make lots and give as gifts!  A wonderful companion for your sewing room!


tiny tutorial ~ ValentinesJane LaFazio's handsewn felt hearts and painted rocks.

There is something extra special about receiving a handmade Valentine. These Valentine ladybugs are a cute way to let someone know how much you care. It's a fun and easy project that even the kids can help out with. You can make one or a whole class set of these adorable love bugs. It's okay to be creative with the colors. This is a great way to use up some of the bits of scrapbooking paper you may already have.

  • 1 piece of white cardstock to print the heart template
  • 1 piece of colored cardstock
  • 1 piece of coordinating patterned paper
  • 2 small brads - I used heart shaped ones, but plain brass ones work fine
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • black pen or marker
  • 1/8 inch hole punch
  • 2 small googly eyes and glue (optional)

Directions can be found here: 

You can find the tutorials for most of these "Snippets" HERE


Bloomin' Blossoms for Spring
Table Topper, 20" x 20"


Quiltscapes Hen Party Chicks Pincushions:  

 Hen Party Chicks @ Sew We Quilt:  

Spring Chickens @ Riley Blake Designs:  

Printer-Friendly Instructions:  

   AppliquĆ©  ~ Raw Edge AppliquĆ© Basics

TUTORIAL @ Riley Blake Designs: 

  I {Heart} AppliquĆ© II Chenille AppliquĆ©

TUTORIAL @ Riley Blake Designs: 

Bloomin' Posy


Scrappy Heart Zip Pouch

Tissue Cozy 

Tableside Pressing Pad 


A Snappy Eyeglass Cas


Deluxe Tape Measure

Scissor Holder/Lanyard  

Rosebud Wristlet Pincushion  


Hen Party Chick Pincushion 


Laminate Sewing Kit  



Heart Box Tutorial

 What's in YOUR Sewing Kit?

And Just For Fun! Free Patterns for Hearts to knit or crochet!

Heart Coaster

http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa021099.htm(crochet- links to heart patterns of all kinds!)

American Heartland Afghan)

http://members.aol.com/SAG55/fheartaf.html (crochet- pretty filet heart square)
Bev's 6" Heart square (background)

Fridgies Filet Crochet The following filet crochet charted patterns are on this site -

Double Hearts Fridgie At Crochet Memories: Interlocking hearts made with worsted weight yarn.  

At Lee's World: Made with sport weight cotton. (Photo)

Heart Fridgie or Pin 

At Crochet Memories: Made with worsted weight yarn; center is crocheted around a plastic ring. (Photo)

 Valentine Hearts Fridgie 

At Crochet Memories: Made with small amounts of worsted weight yarn. (Photo)

 Valentine Magnet/Pin 

At Crochet'N More: Made with worsted weight yarn. (Photo)

 Hot Pads 

Hearts Hot Pad On this site - About Crochet: This hot pad uses the ruffling technique; a how-to is included. 

 Textured Hearts Hot Pad 

At Priscilla's Patterns: Includes instructions for potholder, hotpad and dishcloth.

At Jenn's Crochet Page: You could use this as an applique, a magnet; bet you can think up more use

Heart Motif 2 

At Jenn's Crochet Page: Made with size #10 cotton thread

Valentine Brooches At Joyful Abode: She gives directions for making the heart shapes into pins

 Heart Shape Pillow At Crochet Me: Easy-to-make shapes are joined to form the heart-shaped pillow. (Photos)
Connected Hearts Shawl in Filet Crochet

On this site - About Crochet: A triangle shaped shawl pattern that she created, featuring her Connected Hearts charted design.


Quiltscapes Hen Party Chicks Pincushions:  TUTORIAL

 Hen Party Chicks @ Sew We Quilt:  STORY & TUTORIAL

Spring Chickens @ Riley Blake Designs:  TUTORIAL

Printer-Friendly Instructions:  PATTERN'

 I   AppliquĆ©
Raw Edge AppliquĆ© Basics

TUTORIAL @ Riley Blake Designs: Photo Tutorial ← click here

I {Heart} AppliquƩ II
Chenille AppliquƩ

TUTORIAL @ Riley Blake Designs: 

Photo tutorial

Bloomin' Posy


Tissue Cozy 

Tableside Pressing Pad 


A Snappy Eyeglass Case 

Deluxe Tape Measure

Scissor Holder/Lanyard

Rosebud Wristlet Pincushion


Hen Party Chick Pincushion


Laminate Sewing Kit

And Just For Fun! Free Patterns for Hearts to knit or crochet!

Hearts Baby Blanket - from Care Package, Inc

http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa021099.htm (crochet- links to heart patterns of all kinds!)

http://members.aol.com/SAG55/fheartaf.html (crochet- pretty filet heart square)

http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/crochettalk2/granheart.htm (Crochet- pretty filet heart square)

Heart With Rose Center

Heart Fridgie or Pin
At Crochet Memories: Made with worsted weight yarn; center is crocheted around a plastic ring. (Photo)
Valentine Hearts Fridgie
At Crochet Memories: Made with small amounts of worsted weight yarn. (Photo)
Valentine Magnet/Pin
At Crochet'N More: Made with worsted weight yarn.

Hearts Hot Pad
On this site - About Crochet: This hot pad uses the ruffling technique; a how-to is included. 

Phew! I'm already worn out from typing this! I blog on  Galaxy 9 Cell phone without  home wifi! 

Michele Bilyeu 
blogs With Heart and Hands a quilting journey from Alaska to Oregon with thousands of free Quilting, Sewing, and Crafting Patterns and Tutorials. 


Bee Quilter said...

A wonderful collection. Thank you for sharing with us.

Calicojoan said...

Wow, you have us sewing long after Valentines day. What a great collections of projects. Thanks for such a great resourse!

Linda said...

Michele, Thank you for such a nice site. I love the Buddleia and Swallow Tail 2 of my favorites.
Wonderful collection of those hearts so many of us seem to love.
My wish for you is that you continue to find excitment and wonder in each day's journey.

Lynne said...

Wow, Michele, that's an amazing collection - very good of you!

Maritza said...

Michele, gracias por los enlaces, me gustan todos los corazones, un beso

Linda Lee said...

Thank you for the awesome patterns. Today my 2 1/2 year old grandson asked for a heart pillow like Papa's. Three years ago my husband had the mitral value in his heart replaced. We have the cardiac pillow he had in the hospital. The little grandkids always want to claim his pillow. Now I will be able to make them their own pillows!
Thank you! God Bless!

Linda C said...

What a fantastic list, Michelle! THX for sharing it. I know I have a few of these in my files but still, WOW. Recently a friend was asking about pieced heart blocks 12 inch they needed for a comfort quilt for another friend that I also know that had been dx with rapidly advancing breast cancer. I could have referred her to you!

Michele Bilyeu said...

And than you so very much for stopping by! It's rare that anyone even takes the time to thank me..so it feels like a real quilted hug when they do! I hope you can find even a little thing that makes your day fun..having you stop by did that for mine!

Thanks so very much!


Michele Bilyeu said...

Thank you so much, Mary! You are so sweet. And thank you also, for sending so many lovely, lovely Quilting Board gals over for a visit. It is so much fun 'meeting' new quilting friends!

Michele Bilyeu said...

My fiddly keeps me busy and lightens my heart! Just knowing that one person might benefit by having had a visit to my blog each day makes me so happy! And know what else makes me happy..feeling your own caring heart and giving spirit! I bless you each and every time I hear from you..you are so dear.

Michele Bilyeu said...

This is one of those special stories that lit up my day and touched my heart. I am so grateful for the medicine that allowed your husband to be helped and that his own heart pillow is so appreciated and even fun! May you go on to make some of your own for what has got to be the cutest grandkids ever..because they sure do sound like. I will smile every time I make or even see one of my own little heart pillows know, imagining a really cute 'pillow fight' amongst your own grand littles!

And thank you so very, very much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Most people are so busy anymore, they don't take the time, and it sure light's up my day to read them..especially fun ones like this!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Oh, Linda..you are so dear! I loved this comment, today! Comments any day make my day but to feel you through your humor is so cute. I love that you left me a comment as it led me back to your blog, which I loved. Now I you are a blogging friend too!

Many blessings for your friend's friend with cancer. My heart and thoughts go out to her and to her family.

Deonn said...

Hi, Michele,
Thank you for featuring my I ♥ Applique' tutorials and a lot of my other "Snippets" from my website, www.quiltscapesqs.com. Check my blog for two more "I ♥ Applique'" tutorials in the series, plus a few more "Snippets". And thanks for crediting me and linking back to my website.

Jackie said...

I don't know how I found myself on your site, but I sure am glad that I did! I'll be lost in here for hours. Thank you for posting all the patterns/links. (I said a prayer for your brother.)

Michele Bilyeu said...