I gave you just a peek last week when I showed you the strip sets I was working on.
Well, I've made quite a bit of progress over the course of the last seven days turning those strips into these squares -
And those squares into these hearts -
Isn't that cute? I can think of so many uses for hearts like this. This time I'm turning hearts into a table runner using a pattern I read about on Barbara's blog - Cat Patches. She worked on this last year and I bookmarked it thinking someday. As you can see my someday is here! This pattern appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of McCall's Quilting. If you like that pieced heart block, you can find the free instructions right here. I don't have the magazine but a friend did and she was able to come up with the complete pattern for me.
Now for a tool tip. There are quite a few 2" squares to cut for all those corners and for that I used my Shape Cut ruler. Do you have one of those lurking in a cupboard and don't know how to use it? Get that baby out! It can save you a ton of time and inaccurate cutting mistakes.
First I use it to cut my 2" strips X width of fabric. I leave the fabric as is and pick up the tool and turn it perpendicular to the cut strips. In this picture the selvedge is on the left and the fold is on the right. There are little tear drop slots to fit your rotary blade into at the 1" and 1/2" marks on this particular tool.
I'm going to cut at the 0 that will get rid of the selvedge and then I will cut at the 2", 4" 6" etc. until I reach the end of my strip.
Voila! All the 2" squares I need in one go. No muss and no fuss. I actually have two sizes of this ruler. When using it to cut say 2 1/2" squares I use masking tape at 2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2", 10" so I don't have to take time to count over each time and possibly loose my place. I'll show you that the next time I need to do it.
Linking up as always to Patchwork Times and all the wonderful Design Wall Monday inspiration.
Until next time,