Thursday, January 31, 2019

String Heart Block | A Tutorial Adaptation


Cluck Cluck Sew's Heart Block is a quilty classic & perfect for Valentine's Day. This year I chose to add a scrappy string twist to her traditional heart block and I'm loving every bit of it - especially for using up those fabric scraps!


Here's what you need:
- fabric scraps
- background fabric
- ruler
- pencil
- thread
- rotary cutter
- sewing machine

STEP ONE. 
Choose the finished block size you'd like to create - the Cluck Cluck Sew FREE Heart Block Printable offers directions for seven different sizes. I choose a 6" finish block for my string heart blocks. 

Cut background fabric according to Cluck Cluck Sew's cutting instructions.


Cut TWO rectangles of the foundation paper in place of the print fabrics as listed on the pattern. 

STEP TWO. 
Cut your fabric scraps. I'm using 1 1/4" wide scraps for my block.

STEP THREE.
Using the Cluck Cluck Sew FREE Heart Block Printable as a guide, draw a line where the SEW line would be in Step 2 & 3. 


Then draw a second line, 1/4" outside of your sew lines - I'm marking mine with Xs.


STEP FOUR.

We now need to create a scrappy string block of sorts between these two outer lines marked with Xs. Start by laying one fabric scrap string, right side up, along the lower X-marked line. 


Lay your second fabric scrap string, right sides together, with top edges matching. Sew using a 1/4" seam and press open. 



Continue with this process, adding additional fabric scrap strings until you've reached the second outer line marked with Xs. 


STEP FIVE.
Trim your block to the desired size. 


STEP SIX.
Continue on using the Cluck Cluck Sew FREE Heart Block Printable to finish your blocks.

Be sure to share your String Heart Blocks on social media using #stringheartblock and #canoeridgecreations.



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