Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Crumb Hearts!

Crumb Hearts!!
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Use your favorite crumbs to make this darling wonky heart block!

These hearts can be made in any size! To keep things simple, I'll show you the plain heart first!

To start,you need two bricks. A brick is twice the length of the width, plus seam allowance. These bricks are 2.5" X 4.5". They will finish at 2"X4". The hearts will finish at 4" X4" with this size of brick. You can make 6" finished hearts by using 3.5" X 6.5" bricks, or you can go smaller using 2" X 3.5" bricks! Make them in lots of sizes!

You will also need triangles and scraps in assorted sizes. I have a bin where I store extra triangles in various sizes. Alot of these come from cutting setting triangles, or joining borders on the diagonal, extra block parts, etc.

Some of these pics are blurry, but I think you'll get the idea! Take a scrap triangle of any size and lay it on top of the first rectangle with right sides together. These are wonky crazy crumb hearts so placement doesn't have to be perfect. Just lay it across the corner. Stitch. Repeat with second rectangle, sewing the triangle across the same corner as you did the first rectangle.Flip the triangles outward and press. The second picture shows the excess triangle fabric peeking out on the right! The first rectangle shows the rectangle after the excess is trimmed. Trim the excess along the edge of each rectangle and then trim the extra rectangle fabric away from the triangle, just leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. It doesn't have to be perfect, I just use scissors and "aim for it".

Repeat this process once again for the other corner at the top of each rectangle. Sew the triangles on placing them randomly. Press them outward. Trim excess to the shape of the rectangle, and then trim off that excess rectangle fabric at the seam allowance.

The next step requires bigger triangles! I just dug around and grabbed bigger ones from the bin, laid them across the rectangle to be sure they were going to be big enough. Yep!
Following the same proceedure you did for the top triangles, lay a large side triangle over the rectangle...angling it from "somewhere" up on the side...and to the bottom corner.Now sew the remaining triangle with the seam going on the OPPOSING side of the rectangle. Think mirror image here! See the pic in the middle above? Stitch, press, trim to rectangle shape using the edge of the rectangle as a guide. (You can use rotary cutter,but I just trim with scissors. I don't have to get up out of my chair for that!) Trim the excess heart fabric away from the seam allowance.

Stitch the center seam and voila!! I don't worry if points don't match..the wonkier the better! I have made these out of two fabrics and they are great too. For instance....red on one half, pink on the other...or stripes! One rectangle with stripes going up and down, the second with the stripes going side-ways..this looks really neat! But my favorite hearts of all??


All the steps are the same, I just started with some bricks I cut from some left over crumb and string sections! These hearts are the most fun of all since they all turn out so different!

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