Head Over Heels in Love quilt tutorial

When I recently showed off my Head Over Heels quilt you asked for a tutorial and I finally got around to writing something up. This is not so much a tutorial as a how I did it. If you missed it, you can read more about it here.

Liberty of London quilt charm squares by Sewfrench

For a 36″ x 36″ quilt, which I think is the perfect snuggling size for a newborn, like I made my newest grand-daughter, you will need:

81 ~ 5″ charms

1.5 yd solid fabric for the front

1.25 yd for the backing

4 1/2 yd of bias binding

Seeing how charm squares usually come in packages of 42, that works out perfectly. Otherwise swapped charms or even working from your scrap basket is viable option.

This is my story and how I did it using Liberty of London swapped charms.

I started by cutting 1/2″ off the top of each square.

Then cut down the center of the remaining piece leaving you with 2 pieces 2 1/2″ wide x 4 1/2″ tall.

charm quilt by Sewfrench

From your solid fabric, for each heart block cut:

2 ~ 2 1/2″ squares
4 ~ 1 1/2″ squares
Giving you a total of 162 large squares and 324 small squares, for this size quilt.

For the entire quilt: from the solid fabric, if I did the math right, you should be cutting:

10 ~ 2 1/2″ strips (plus 2 extra squares, hate for you to cut a whole other strip for only two squares!)

12-13  ~ 1 1/2″ strips, depends on how many you can get from your width.

You can always cut as you go, like I usually do, which is the reason I’m doing math, after the fact…. And if you want it larger, you do the math. Let me know what you come up with!

Cutting instructions by Sewfrench

Align the squares, on to the rectangles, as such.

Charm quilt by SewfrenchI find it easiest to use a pencil and draw stitching lines, from corner to corner, to keep everything straight.

Stitch on the lines.

charm quilt tutorial by Sewfrench

Trim the triangles off and then pick sides. Press the right side toward the heart and the left side away from the heart. Or vice versa. Just be consistent. Or you could press them open. Your choice.

Charm quilt tutorial by Sewfrench

Stitch the halves together, aligning the seams. Then press consistently toward one side or the other.

Charm quilt tutorial by Sewfrench

Now add another of the small squares to each upper, outer corner the same way you did the inner corners.

Sewfrench free quilt tutorial

Trim and press.

Free pattern by Sewfrench

Tada! Congratulations, you have finished one block! Now continue on another 80 times.

Head Over Heels in Love quilt tutorial

Lay out your blocks, alternating rows, as pictured above.

Stitch them up in a 9 across x 9 down pattern, sandwich and quilt, as desired. I hand quilted 1/4″ inside each heart, and inside each large and small square. It didn’t take any time at all. And while you are quilting it, be sure and fill it with lots of love and hugs. That’s how I do it anyway… <3

Head Over Heels in Love charm quilt by Sewfrench

Add your binding, label, wash and snuggle.

charm quilt tutorial by Sewfrench

Let me know if you have any questions. And if you make one I would be tickled to see it! If you need help with baby snuggling, I can help there, too!

I would be remiss not to mention that tomorrow starts Blogger’s Quilt Festival!!  Hosted by Amy Ellis, of Amy’s Creative Side, it is the online quilt show open to anyone who loves to quilt and enjoys blogging about their creations. It’s a great place to find new and interesting blogs to follow and possibly gain some new blog followers. It is very inspiring to get so much positive feedback, on your quilts, all at once. Prizes awarded for entering your own quilt and for nominating your favorites. You can start linking up tomorrow through November 8. Come join the fun!

For complete details head over to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival page. Hope to see you there!!

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13 Responses to Head Over Heels in Love quilt tutorial

  1. Just wondering does another square go on each outer side of the heart. I really like this and think this will be my next project.

    • sewfrench says:

      One large square on each outer bottom of the heart halves, and one small on each upper, inner heart half and yes, outer upper heart half! Try it with some scrap fabric and see if it makes more sense than how I drew it up!

  2. Thanks for the “how to”! This quilt is in my “to-do” list and I hope it’s soon!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to post this how-to.

  4. Sarah Cooper says:

    I love this! Thank you so much for sharing it. :)

  5. citricsugar says:

    Great tutorial! And that baby… so sweet!

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  7. I just started cutting out the rectangles and squares. going to make it huge enough for a couple of newlyweds to cuddle in together, using their wedding colors and making an embroidered block with their names and date, etc. I think I may use the slogan “Head over heels in love” in the embroidered block.
    Thank you for sharing this.

    one note, not sure if my eyes are playing tricks but your finished quilt does look like a small triangle was used to curve the outer top of the heart, whereas the sample 4 blocks don’t. I like it both ways.

    • sewfrench says:

      Gayle! You are so right! I missed another square in the corner on the tutorial! It was another 1 1/2″ square. This is why I don’t sell my “how-to”!! It is corrected, now! Thanks for the feedback!

      • Thanks, it really could be made either way. I am excited to get sewing, as I am still cutting… Will send you a picture. There are several of us in Seattle making this! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity! Best wishes, Gayle

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