Block 3 in the Birthday Celebration Sampler, Double Hearts, was chosen by Carol whose birthday was in February. It seems Carol was still in the mood for some valentine celebration. This block has a few more steps and you need to pay attention to orientation, however, it is still an easy block to make. Carol had chosen a scrappy version for her block so I’m changing mine just a bit to only include three fabrics which I think will work just a little bit better in my sampler.
To make this block in a 12” finished size, you will need to cut the following:
1 square @ 3-7/8”
1 rectangle @ 3-1/2” x 6-1/2”
6 squares @ 3-1/2”
Light Gold: (center heart)
2 rectangles @ 3-1/2” x 6-1/2”
Purple: (large heart)
1 square @ 3-7/8”
3 rectangles @ 3-1/2” x 6-1/2”
4 squares @ 3-1/2”
4 squares @ 1-1/2”
Let’s start by making the center heart. Place your smallest purple squares on adjacent corners of the two light gold rectangles. Sew on the diagonal of each of the squares. You could draw lines if you don’t think you can get from corner to corner in a straight line. I do not draw lines on that small of squares and it always works out.
small squares aligned
Trim the seam allowances to ¼” and press out the corners. Draw a diagonal line on the back of two of the purple 3-1/2” squares; align these on the bottom of the rectangles—making sure you have the seams going in opposite directions. Sew on the drawn line and trim the seam allowance to ¼”; press out.
press out the corners
pay attention to direction of diagonal lines
do your rectangles look like this
Note: When I cut off corners like this, I sew the leftover triangles together; press and then trim the square to 2-1/2”. In making a sampler, I might be able to use them and if not, then the squares can go in my Delightful Little Treasure Box along with all the hundreds of others just waiting to be used in a scrappy quilt. In making this block, you are going to get 8 of these nice HST squares so why would you just throw them away rather than trim to a useable 2-1/2” size. Just sayin’….
Ok, getting off my little soapbox and back to making the block. Sew your two rectangle units together to form the center heart.
center heart measures 6-1/2″
Draw a diagonal line on the back of two background 3-1/2” squares. Right sides together, align these on the bottom of two purple rectangles. Make sure your lines are opposite. Sew on the line; trim seam allowance; press out. (And save those corners too!) These two rectangles are going to go on the sides of the center heart.
be sure you have opposite directions before you sew
There is a flying geese unit above and below the center heart. First draw diagonal lines on the back of two background 3-1/2” squares and two purple 3-1/2” squares. Place one of the background squares on a purple rectangle, aligning the edges. Sew on the line; trim seam allowance; press out.
Do the same thing on the opposite corner. Your flying goose should measure 3-1/2” x 6-1/2”.
flying goose unit
Follow the above directions using the background rectangle and two purple squares.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of the background 3-7/8” square and align it, right sides together, with the purple square. This time your stitching will be ¼” from each side of the drawn line. Cut on the line; press; trim the points, and you have two Half-Square-Triangle squares which each measure 3-1/2”.
you will have two of these
Arrange your units into three rows. Sew the rows and then sew the three rows together to complete the block.
make three rows
See that was easy enough and you have those 8 little squares all ready to use in something else and in addition, the center heart forms a 6” finished block which you might like to use in other quilts.