Welcome to my stop on the Splendid Sampler 100 blocks tour! Today is a very special day. Not only because I get to share my special block with you, but it is also my anniversary! 23 years ago I married my best friend and he’s supported my quilting habits ever since! Sharing my heart block with you now has extra special meaning and today I’m dedicating this block to Jason – the love of my life!
Scrappy Happy Heart – for Jason – the love of my life who’s also my #1 fan!
I love the “structured improv” look so I chose to paper piece this block, to contain the crazy pieced chaos. I took some step by step pictures while making this block that can help you with your paper piecing efforts.
I was very lucky to get to work with the Little Miss Sunshine collection by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique for many of the fabrics. Click here to get the precuts to make a similar block.
Comb through your stash for pretty scraps that work well together.
Thanks to Moda Fabrics for supplying me with such a sweet palette to work from!
Cut the pieces according to the cutting chart given in the Splendid Sampler block pattern.
Sew the first section of pieces starting with the white background square; press and trim after each piece. It will look somewhat like the hot mess below!
Add the corner triangle to the first section. Remember, all this time you are sewing onto paper following the printed lines on the front of the paper.
Repeat the piecing, pressing and trimming process for the second section of the block.
This is what the front looks like – I fold each line I am going to sew next and use an add a quarter ruler to trim off the excess smoothly and neatly.
Add the last section of heart in the same manner. It will look so good once it’s all trimmed!
Add the last two background corner triangles to complete the heart shape and trim to size. Now the best part – gently remove all the paper!
Stop and admire your beautiful handiwork. Now is a great time to start thinking about the threads you will use to machine quilt your beautiful blocks. My favorite thread for both piecing and machine quilting is Aurifil – 50 weight cotton.
All of that mess miraculously turns into a beautifully finished block!
Here’s my block in other colorways, made by some of the other Splendid Sampler designers.
Made by Pat Sloan, Julie Karasek, Jane Davidson, Lynette Anderson, Joan Ford, Melissa Corry
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