We Heart It! Our Favorite Valentine Quilt Block

We can't get enough of this fresh and funky pixelated heart. It's easy to make if you know quilting basics , and it's gorgeous in traditional Valentine hues... or whatever color scheme you dream up (or find in your scrap pile!).

Use this beauty in a larger quilt, or just frame it up and give it to your sweetie. We call that a modern romance!

Pixelated Heart Block

  • Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Scrap fabric in shades of red, orange and white
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Quilting ruler
  • Sewing supplies
  • Sewing machines
  • Iron and ironing board

Let's Get Piecing

1. Cut the Squares

Use your rotary cutter to cut 1¾-inch squares from your fabric scraps. For this block you need around 50 red squares, 30 orange squares and 50 white squares. It's always smart to cut a few extra squares in each color so you can play around with the layout. Group the squares by color before you start piecing.

2. Lay it Down

To create this heart block, you'll build 11 rows and 10 columns. Lay out your fabric to create your design, using the photo above as a guide. Play around with your squares: you're going for a smooth and subtle color transition from the top of the heart to the bottom.

3. Start Sewing

Starting at the top left corner, place the second square on top of the first, right sides together. Sew along the right side with a ¼-inch seam allowance. Press the seam allowance to one side, flip the block right side up, and press the block open.

Place the third block on top of the second, right sides together. Sew again, using the method above. Be sure to press your seam allowance in the same direction as the previous seams in this row. Continue working your way across the row in this manner.

The next row is assembled in the same way, except for one important difference: press the seam allowances in this row in the opposite direction. (This is important for the next step!)

Keep assembling your rows, alternating the direction of the seam allowance every row.

4. Join the Rows

Once you have all your rows formed, lay the first row onto the second and pin them together at each seam allowance. Because you pressed the seam allowances in opposite directions, the seams should lie flat and make your job sooo much easier. Stitch the rows together with a ¼-inch seam allowance.

Add the next row to the group you just sewed, again placing right sides together, stitching a ¼-inch seam allowance, and pressing your seam. Keep adding rows until the the whole block is joined, then press your seam allowances open.

5. Square it Up

Place the block onto your work surface and square it using a rotary cutter, quilting ruler and mat to trim away the excess.

And you're done! Stand back and soak up the love.

Photos by Marni Weaver

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