Heart & Home Block Swap – Quilting on Together

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Make a Heart & Home Block and organize a block swap with your quilting friends! It’s one more way we are Quilting on Together. The block comes with two size options and you can adjust from there to any size you like with a framing border. Let’s get started!

Heart & Home Block

by Betsey Langford & Emily Cross

4″ x 4″ or 8″ x 8″

Fabric Requirements

Scraps of the following colors:
Cream/Background
Brown/Roof
Blue/House
Red/Heart

8″ Heart & Home Block Cutting

From the background fabric, cut:
A – (1) 5″ x 5″
H – (2) 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

From the roof fabric, cut:
B – (1) 5″ x 5″

From the house fabric, cut:
D – (1) 3″ x 3″
F – (4) 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″
G – (2) 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

From the heart fabric, cut:
C – (1) 3″ x 3″
E – (2) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

4″ Heart & Home Block Cutting

From the background fabric, cut:
A – (1) 3″ x 3″
H – (2) 1″ x 2 1/2″

From the roof fabric, cut:
B – (1) 3″ x 3″

From the house fabric, cut:
D – (1) 2″ x 2″
F – (4) 3/4″ x 3/4″
G – (2) 1″ x 2 1/2″

From the heart fabric, cut:
C – (1) 2″ x 2″
E – (2) 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

Roof Unit

Mark the wrong side of the A piece in half diagonally once. Lay marked square right sides together with a B piece. Sew 1/4″ to each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line, and press to make 2 Half Square Triangles.

For the 8″ block, trim the Half Square Triangles to 4 1/2″ square.

For the 4″ block, trim the Half Square Triangles to 2 1/2″ square.

Sew the trimmed Half Square Triangles together to form the Roof unit, as shown below.

For the 8″ block, the unit measures 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished.

For the 4″ block, the unit measures 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ unfinished.

Heart Bottom Unit

Mark the wrong side of the D piece in half diagonally once. Lay marked square right sides together with a C piece. Sew 1/4″ to each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line, and press to make 2 Half Square Triangles.

For the 8″ block, trim the Half Square Triangles to 2 1/2″ square.

For the 4″ block, trim the Half Square Triangles to 1 1/2″ square.

Sew the trimmed Half Square Triangles together to form the Heart Bottom unit, as shown below.

For the 8″ block, the unit measures 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ unfinished.

For the 4″ block, the unit measures 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ unfinished.

Heart Top Unit

Mark the wrong side of the F pieces in half diagonally once. Lay marked square right sides together with an E piece on the corner. Sew on the marked line and trim a 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat on the opposite corner with another marked square, as shown below. Repeat to make 2 Corner Flip units.

Sew both of the Corner Flip units together to make a Heart Top unit.

For the 8″ block, the unit measures 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ unfinished.

For the 4″ block, the unit measures 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ unfinished.

Heart Unit

Sew the Heart Top unit and the Heart Bottom unit together to make a Heart unit.

For the 8″ block, the unit measures 4 1/2″ square.

For the 4″ block, the unit measures 2 1/2″ square.

House Unit

Sew together an H piece and a G piece on the long side. Repeat to make 2 Rail units.

For the 8″ block, the unit measures 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished.

For the 4″ block, the unit measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ unfinished.

Sew the Rail units to both sides of the Heart Unit, as shown below, to make a House Unit.

For the 8″ block, the unit measures 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished.

For the 4″ block, the unit measures 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ unfinished.

Heart & Home Block Assembly

Sew together the Roof Unit and the House Unit, as shown below, to make a Heart & Home block.

For the 8″ block, the block measures 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ unfinished.

For the 4″ block, the block measures 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished.

Customizing Block Size with Framing Borders

If you want to make the block a different size without recalculating, choose the size that is smaller but nearest to the size you desire. Then sew a framing border around the block to make the block the size you want.

For example, want a 12″ finished block? Choose the 8″ block.
12″ (desired block size) – 8″(current block size) = 4″ needed
4″ / 2 (to divide evenly) = 2″
2″ + 1/2″ (seam allowance) = 2 1/2″ wide strips needed for the framing border.

How to Organize a Block Swap

1. Pick a block size or go with a mix.
2. Pick a color scheme if desired.
3. Pick a date range to mail blocks to one another.
4. Put out the word and start gathering participants!

Block swaps are a fun way to keep up with friends, make new friends, and create something special and unique.

Show off your creations, connect with other quilters, and get inspired!

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Like Barb T. did! Barb made the Heart & Home block and shared a sweet message.

“I was feeling a tad guilty not displaying a heart to support all those who are risking their lives for us…till this lovely heart pattern from AQS showed up in my inbox this morning. I made it to reflect my house, white, red roof.”

Thanks for sharing and for touching our hearts, Barb!

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Ronna Hammel

Is “Forever and a Day” series still available??
Don’t know how I missed this😕. Love it❤️
Would love to have this pattern🤞