Monday, January 13, 2014

Hearts, Love, and Valentines: Patterns, Tutorials, and Links 2014

Sewing, Quilting, Needleworking or Crafting!

Simple h(art) quilting to make a fabric card, wall hanging, or little prayer flag to send to someone who needs it! You don't even need a pattern for some thing like these!

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!

Making a (Cardiac) Heart Pillow
perfect 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.



Origami 'Petal Bag' Tutorial


Make a quilt with either string pieced hearts or applique'd hearts:

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

Plaids and Prints: Valentine Heart Pillow Pattern...pdf download below:

Valentine Heart Pillow Pattern 

pdf pattern from the link above (lots of cute sayings like those that are on candy hearts)

And 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:

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!
doll quilt 2 




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

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

 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


Raw-Edge Machine Appliqué Hearts, Deonn Stott for Riley Blake Designs tute and pattern

Twisting Heart Valentine Tutorial..this one is just 18"..use it for a carseat cover, a wallhanging, or a pillow"

Twisting Heart Valentine at Freemotion by the River

   Heart Blocks

Nine-Patch Heart: FREE Quilt Block Pattern

Nine-Patch Heart: FREE Quilt Block Pattern
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.
Heart of the Home: Cheerful Valentine Table Runner Quilt Pattern

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.

schematic of classic heart block

  • Classic Heart Block
  • 8" x 8"
  • Cut one 2.5" strip of light fabric.
  • Cut one 2.5" strip of dark fabric.
  • Lay strips right sides together and cut eight Easy Angles. Do not separate the sets - they are ready to sew. Cut six 2.5" squares from the dark fabric and two 2.5" squares from the light. Sew the Easy Angle sets to create Easy Angle units. Sew Easy Angle units and squares together following diagram below. Press seams in direction of arrows.
    schematic of assembling fabric pieces to make classic heart block image of finished classic heart block
schematic of Valentine's Cubed Heart quilt block

  • Valentine's Cubed Heart Block
  • 8" x 8"
    Cut blocks, strips and square finished block using the Easy Rule™ or Easy Rule Jr.™
  • Cut 1 1/2" strips for 1" finished squares.
  • Ten dark 1 1/2" squares.
  • Fifteen light 1 1/2" squares.
Assemble squares together in rows:

schematic of rows 1 and 4 of Valentine's Cubed Heart block

Rows 1 and 4
schematic of row 2 of Valentine's Cubed Heart block

Row 2
schematic of row 3 of Valentine's Cubed Heart block

Row 3
schematic of row 5 of Valentine's Cubed Heart block

Row 5
schematic of arranging rows for Valentine's Cubed Heart quilt block
Then add 1 1/2" borders:

  • Cut two light 5 1/2" & two light 7 1/2" strips.
  • Cut two dark 7 1/2" & two dark 9 1/2" strips.
Sew short strips of light fabric to top and bottom of block, then to sides. Repeat with dark fabric.

image of finished Valentine's Cubed Heart quilt block
schematic of Two Hearts Together quilt block

  • Two Hearts Together Block
  • 8" x 8"
Cut one 2.5" strip of background fabric. Cut one 2.5" strip of heart fabric. Lay strips right sides together and cut eight Easy Angles. Do not separate the sets - they are ready to sew. Cut four 2.5" squares from each of the background and heart fabrics. Sew Easy Angles together to form Easy Angle units.

Sew Easy Angle units together in pairs as shown below. Make two of each pair.

schematic of attaching Easy Angle units to each other
Sew background squares together to form two sets of pairs. Repeat with heart fabric.

schematic of background squares pairs
Assemble block as shown in diagram below. Press seams in direction shown.

schematic of how to assemble Two Hearts Together Block image of finished Two Hearts quilt block

  schematic of quilt Tri-Rec Heart block

  • Tri-Rec Heart Block
  • 8" x 8"
  • Cut one 2.5" strip background fabric to yield four Recs.
  • Cut one 2.5" strip of heart fabric to yield two Tris.
  • Cut one 4.5" strip of background to yield two Recs.
  • Cut one 4.5" strip to yield one Tri.
  • Cut one 1.5" strip and one 2.5" strip sashing fabric.
Sew 2.5" recs to either side of 2.5" Tris to make a two triangle in a square units. Sew small triangle in a square units together side by side to create top of heart.

schematic of connecting two tri-recs units (top of heart)
schematic of bottom of heartSew 4.5" recs to either side of 4.5" Tri to make one triangle in a square unit.
Sew heart sections together.

schematic of attaching blocks to finish heart
Measure width of heart unit and cut two 1.5" sashing strips to fit. Sew one each to top and bottom of unit.
Measure length of heart unit and cut two 2.5" strips to fit. Sew one to each side of blocks to complete.

schematic of adding sashing around heart block image of finished Tri-Rec quilt block
  schematic of valentine quilted heart blockMy Companion Valentine Heart Block

8" x 8"

Cut pieces using the Companion Angle™ & to complete flying geese unit use the Easy Angle™

Flying geese unit

schematic flying geese unitOn bottom half of block:

Cut one Companion Angle™ from 4 1/2" strip of dark fabric.

Cut one pair of Easy Angles™ from 4 1/2" strip of light fabric.
schematic: how to assemble flying geese unitSew Easy Angle™ triangle to either side of Companion Angle™ triangle to complete flying geese unit.
Quarter square blocks (make two)

schematic of quarter square blockCut six Companion Angles™ from 2 1/2" strips of light fabric.

Cut two Companion Angles™ from 2 1/2" strips of dark fabric.

Sew two triangles together as shown to make a half square, then sew two half squares together to create each block.

schematic of how to assemble quarter square block
schematic of attaching quarter square blocksSew quarter square blocks together. Sew to flying geese unit to complete block.

schematic of attaching blocks to make valentine's heart quilt block image of finished valentine's heart quilt block


Bloomin’ Hearts on image

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

Heart ‘n Hand Needle Case (p) (pdf)Heart 'n Hand Needle Case Pattern (pdf)
Heart Blocks
The Heart Pillow Program - NEW - Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick

Appliqué Heart Wreath

Have A Heart Patterns-New!!!!

 ave 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 Threads

Paper Pieced Heart Blocks

Sorry for the missing photos below. I'm working on them. Sometimes, websites close or change web addresses, sometimes things just go wrong !

Brown Heart - new
Valentine 2007
Heart 2005
Broken heart
Sketching the pattern

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


nested heart motifs
Stack'n Whack Hearts

Strings ~ Hearts from Mary at

Make a Patchwork Heart Quilt Block

heart quilt blocks

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

How to Create a Heart-in-Hand Valentine Card

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

Flower hearts Yvonne's dk...pdf dnload of pattern only

Pastel hearts Yvonnes dk dnload of pdf pattern only

Crazy Patch Heart

Click to download the pdf

String Heart Block from sophie

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

February 2004 Block of the Month -- Fancy Hearts
AmeriHearts at Home PP Heart can be a Signature Block

Piece by Number, CandyBox Heart
Quilters Online Resource, Hearts A Bloom
Quilters Online Resource, Beginner HeartsEZ Quilts Heart Block

18" Square

Here’s My Heart

Flags & Heart

Ute-Barbara Skjønberg, Norway

Heart Block

Quiltaholics Heart Block

 Heart Block, Cole Brothers

Janet Smith’s Hearts pdf download

 JC Quilts, Pieced Heart
JC Quilts, 1997,

JC Quilts, 1998,


Nutmeg Nook’s Primitive Heart

Warner Stained Glass (these could be pieced)

 Mrs. Burns Chained Heart pdf download

Australian Heartland pdf

Pat Patches Crazy Heart (in Portuguese) pdf
: simple pieced heart with lots of diagrams

  The Heart Pillow Program for Heart and Stroke Patients

Bypass Heart Surgery Heart, Photo


Think Pink quiltLogic
Quilters Neighbourhood Pieceable Hearts

 Quilt Pox Think Pink Hearts

Red Dawn’s Woven Heart

 paper pieced
Sandy Bonsib’s Pieced Heart Block

 Sew Quilty, Jake’s Heart

Sew Quilty, Scrappy Heart

Sew Quilty, Strippy Heart

Sewing Kit Inside
Portable Hand-sewing Kit.

Heart Pin Step-by-Step

My Newest Add-ins

tiny tutorial ~ Valentines: Jane LaFazio's handsewn felt hearts and painted rocks..

does it get any better than this???

 Jane LaFazio's  Hand sewn Felt Hearts and Painted Rocks
valentine tutorial

Love Bugs

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:  Love Bug Valentine's

sewing kit ensemble! 

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:  TUTORIAL

  Hen Party Chicks @ Sew We Quilt:  STORY & TUTORIAL
Spring Chickens @ Riley Blake Designs:  TUTORIAL
Printer-Friendly Instructions:  PATTERN'
 I   Appliqué
 ~ Raw Edge Appliqué Basics

TUTORIAL @ Riley Blake Designs: Photo Tutorial ← click here

  I {Heart} Appliqué II
Chenille Appliqué

TUTORIAL @ Riley Blake Designs: Photo Tutorial ← click here

Bloomin' Posy

~ Tissue Cozy ~

~ Tableside Pressing Pad ~

~ A Snappy Eyeglass Case ~

Deluxe Tape Measure

Scissor Holder/Lanyard

Rosebud Wristlet Pincushion


Hen Party Chick Pincushion TUTORIAL

Laminate Sewing Kit  



Heart Box Tutorial

photo below

What's in YOUR Sewing Kit?

Heartstrings Quilt Project by Mary

Patriotic Heartstrings for Our Soldiers 

String Quilting Tutorial and Online Links

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

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

Hearts Border (Add Initials)

Hearts Border With Love

Hearts Filet Crochet Bedspread

Hearts Filet Crochet Tablecloth

Heart With Rose Center

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

Heart Fridgie
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. (Photo)

 Textured Hearts Hot Pad
At Priscilla's Patterns: Includes instructions for potholder, hotpad and dishcloth. (Photo)

Heart Motif
At Jenn's Crochet Page: You could use this as an applique, a magnet; bet you can think up more uses. (Photo)

Heart Motif 2
At Jenn's Crochet Page: Made with size #10 cotton thread. (Photo)

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

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 I created, featuring my Connected Hearts charted design.

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes.   Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!


Lynne said...

Wow! So many ideas and possibilities. Thank you for compiling all this and sharing it.

Shasta Matova said...

Oh my! So many beautiful projects - so hard to choose!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

My word girl!!! Only you with a heart bigger than Texas would ammas such an amazing list of opportunities.

Big Heart-filled Hugs :)


Karen H said...

So many great ideas and oodles of inspiration! Thank you so very much for putting this together Michele!

libbyquilter said...

what an incredible selection of heart projects that you have gathered here~!!
i especially loved the felt envelopes with the painted rocks~!

your clever recycling/reusing gift bag was fun too.

take good care.


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Thank you! I can't imagine how much time it took for you to compile the info for this post and to place all the links in it. There is an amazing variety o heart projects here, but I am going to check out VERY many of the links. Hearts are the best.
xxx, Carol