Big Hearted Quilt..By Robin Nelson

With Valentines next month, now is the time to start that project for your valentine.  This Big Hearted Quilt by Robin Nelson is from Moda’s Bake Shop.  Who wouldn’t love to receive this quilt on Valentines Day.

1            Moda Candy or Charm Pack – Table For Two – heart
½ yd.     Diamond 1775611 – Table For Two – background 1
½ yd.     Rose 1775513 – Table For Two – background 2
⅜ yd.     Rose 1775613 – Table For Two – binding
1 yd.      Backing fabric
1 yd.      Low loft batting


Layout the heart
Place the 42 – 2.5″ squares from the Moda Candy or Charm Pack on a design wall or floor.

If you are using a Charm Pack, cut 42, 2.5″ squares (obviously more color choice with charm pack).

Audition color placement of squares until you get the color arrangement that you like. It’s fun to play with it. I ended up using darker squares to outline the heart so it would stand out in the photograph. Make the heart more subtle and pixelated looking, by mixing up the colors more.


Cut background squares, strips and complete quilt layout

Cut the squares and strips from background fabrics 1 and 2 as shown on the quilt layout map (it’s at the end of this post).

Following quilt layout map, add background squares and strips to design wall around the heart. It always looks completely wrong to me when laid out like this, but feels great when it all comes together after sewing.

Sew squares and strips to form horizontal rows
Use a ¼” seam allowance throughout this project. It really helps in matching up squares if you sew a consistent seam width, ¼” or scant…

Press seams in opposite direction. This avoids bulk and makes it easy to nest seams when sewing everything together.

Sew the rows together
Start sewing the rows together in the order you like, top to bottom, from center out, bottom to top. Whatever makes sense to you.

Press seams in one direction.

Make a quilt sandwich
Layer backing, batting and quilt top. Baste using pins, spray, or use fusible batting. Quilt simply or more dense, whichever you prefer. This is a good one to try your free motion quilting on because of the size.

One small but Big Hearted quilt for February or anytime. Mine finished at approx. 28.5″ x 29.5″.

Can’t I Eat A Jelly Roll, Layer Cake or Maple Cake?

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Although they sound very tasty, when it comes to fabric they take on a whole different meaning.  Pre-cut fabrics have been changing the world of quilting.  Using pre-cuts has a huge advantage.  All fabrics are co-ordinated within the designers line.  No more guessing which fabric goes together.  Cutting time is also greatly reduced as pre-cuts eliminate alot of the cutting requirements for a project.  In fact there is an endless supply of pattern and books specific to using pre-cut fabrics.  These are some of the most popular used.

Jelly Rolls  – 42,  2-1/2″ strips rolled together.

Layer Cake- 42, 10″ x 10″ squares.

Charm Pack – 42, 5″ x 5″ squares.

Mini Charms (also called candies), 42, 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares.