Sunday, February 9, 2014


Here we are already in month #2 of the Seasonal Mystery Sampler.  Did you get month #1 all finished?  I bet it looks great and I'm so anxious to see all of them.  I'm getting closer to adding the linky button.  William, my expert web master, has promised to help me with it in the next couple of days.  Pinning a senior in high school down to help his mom with quilting issues is NOT a priority on his list!  I just don't understand that!

Okay, so on the Month #2.  It's February so it has to have hearts... right?  Why of course it does and hearts it has; three of them.

The Cutting Directions first:
Fabric #1, #2, #3 - (Hearts)
                            Cut 1 - 4" x 4" square from each fabric
                            Cut 2 - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares from each fabric
Fabric #4 - (Background)
                 Cut 3 - 4" x 4" squares
                 Cut 12 - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares
                 Cut 1 - 3 1/2" x 22" strip
Fabric #5   Cut 1 - 3 1/2" x 22" strip

For the 3 heart blocks.  They finish 6" (6 1/2" unfinished)

Draw a diagonal line across the back of each of the 4" background squares.  Pair them with a 4" heart fabric #1, #2, & #3 square.  Sew on each side of the diagonal line 1/4" from the diagonal line.

Cut on the diagonal line and press to the darker fabric.

Square these half square triangles up to 3 1/2".

They should look like this.

You will do this for each of the 3 prints you cut out from the fabrics for the hearts.  When sewn together, the two matching half square triangles will form the bottom of the heart.  Repeat for the other 2 sets.

Now draw a diagonal line across the 12 - 1 1/2" squares.  Place a 1 1/2" square on the upper right and upper left corner of a 3 1/2" square of fabric #1, 2, & 3.  This time sew on the diagonal line.  

A little trick I do when I sew stitch and flip method is to sew just a thread's width from the diagonal line.  This allows for the thickness of the thread and fabric once it's pressed.  

Cut off the excess on each 1/4" from the stitched line.

Repeat for a total of 2 each of the fabric #1, #2, & #3.    When sew together this will make the top half of the heart.

Now sew the 4 patches together to form the complete heart.

You're ready to move on to the 4 patch units that connect to the heart.

Sew the background 3 1/2" strip to the Fabric #5 - 3 1/2" strip, right sides together down the length of the strip.  Press to the dark fabric. Sub cut the strip set into six 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles.

Sew two 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles together to make one 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"  Four Patch unit.  Make a total of 3 of these.

Pretty easy huh?  Both blocks are quick and easy this month.

Remember I'm making 2 of these Mystery Seasonal Samplers. The first one I test the pattern for cutting and directions and the 2nd one to make sure I did it right the first time (not to say that I might not do it wrong 2 times in a row).  Haha!  

 Here is one of my sets of heart blocks.  I did jump ahead and sew them together a little.  You can too if you want but don't go any further than this.  I don't want you to have to rip it out later.

 And here is the second set of heart blocks.  I like them both!

Leave me a comment and tell me how you're doing.  Did you finish your January blocks yet?  It's not too late to start either one.  I promise I'll have the linky button on here in a few days so you can post pictures of your blocks.  I'll let you know when I William the Webmaster gets it figured out.

Be sure to stick around for the next blog hop too.  It's sure to be a sweetheart of a blog hop.  I'll share my posting date with cupid himself (or is that herself) on February 14th.  
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