Things From the Heart
Tips & Hints
Our February friendship block has a heart in the center. You may paper piece it or use templates. Both will be included on this page for download. Your colors this month are valentine colors. You may also use fabrics with a heart theme. Your fabric does not necessarily have to be red or pink. There are no wrong colors for this block. Try to find something from your stash. The only required fabric is Kona Snow for the background of the heart and the signature patches.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:
First piece the center heart, using either the foundation pattern or the templates. (Click on the underlined words in the previous sentence to open the files. You may also right click and choose "Save Target As" to download it to your hard drive.) Be sure that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed (see link at bottom of the page) and that you have no page scaling. This will ensure that your patterns will print out the right size. Please be aware that page scaling is the default, so you need to change it the first time you use the program. Use your valentine fabric for the heart pieces and Kona Snow for the background. Your center should measure 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" when it's completed. If it is not the proper size, you won't be able to attach the remaining pieces needed to complete the block. You will make one center for each block.
Sew the long sides of a Kona Snow 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle to a 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" valentine fabric rectangle. Press away from the Kona Snow. Make four of these units for each block. Sew one of the previous units to the sides of each center section. The valentine fabric will be on the outside edge. Press away from the center. Sew a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square to each end of the remaining rectangle units. Sew these units to the top and bottom of both blocks, with the valentine fabric on the outside edge. Press away from the center of the block. See block graphic above for correct placement of the patches.
Please send your Priority mail stamp and address label if you did not send it with your January blocks. Also include the money for the iron-on transfers if you want them and have not sent your money yet.
Remember to label your blocks with at least your name (city, state, and email address are optional) on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seam allowance. (I previously mentioned pinning on a piece of paper, but this is not the safest thing to do. No straight pins, please. Safety pins are okay. We don't want the person opening the envelope to get poked.) Just be sure to label them in some way. This ensures that you get credit for your blocks and lets the winner know who made each block. This is not optional.
If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for February. Blocks will be due to Patty by the last week of February. Please mail your blocks by February 21st so that your blocks will arrive on time. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.