The second block of the 2016 Quilt Extravaganza is here! In this month’s block, you’ll learn how to create a Be My Valentine block using the Carefree Curves template. Don’t worry; we will not set in any curved seams.

Have you selected fabrics and created the strata for your 2016 Block of the Month? Check out the details in the January 9 blog. I encourage you to use as many scraps from your stash as possible.

I’m using bright and neutral fabrics in this color-value-based quilt.

All blocks for 2016 will be created from pieced fabric strata. Read more on this blog post.

2016 Block Of The Month Quilt Extravaganza by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy
2016 Block Of The Month Quilt Extravaganza by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With NancySupplies

Trace 'n Create Quilt Templates Carefree Curves Collection by Nancy Zieman

Construct the Block

  • Find larger strata scraps leftover from last month’s block.
  • Use the Carefree Curves Template.2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month by Nancy Zieman/Carefree Curves Template
  • Position the template on the wrong side of the strata.
  • Trace the third largest size arc and wedge point onto bright and neutral strata with a pen.

  • Position and trace the second smallest curve on the wrong side of both bright and neutral strata. We used some of the leftover areas of the startas from last month’s block.
  • Cut each wedge shape along the angled lines. Do not cut curve.
Note from Nancy: Apply SofShape Fusible Interfacing to the wrong side of each larger and small neutral wedges. This will make the lighter fabrics opaque when appliquéd to bright backgrounds.
  • Cut a 2-1/2″ crosswise strip of interfacing for the smaller size and cut a 3″ crosswise strip for the larger size.
  • Meet right side of strata to smooth side of interfacing. Pin.
  • Stitch directly on curved traced lines.

  • Trim away excess interior interfacing with a scissors, leaving about 1″ of interfacing.

  • Press the curved edge.

  • Cut one block 12-7/8″ from each: bright strata and neutral strata.

  • Use rotary cutting tools to cut each strata square in half diagonally.
  • Working with one bright triangle and one neutral triangle, position a wedge at each triangle point. Pin.

Note from Nancy: Save the unused half of each diagonally cut block for a future month’s project.

  • Thread machine with monofilament or clear thread such as Madeira’s Monofilament thread.
  • Machine stitch shapes to background, using a straight stitch, zigzag, or blind hemstitch.
  • Baste the wedge’s cut edges to the background.
  • Match right sides of each bright and neutral triangle.
  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join the halves. Note: This is a bias edge. Sew carefully so the seam doesn’t stretch.
  • Open and press seam allowances open.

What Would a Quilt Look Like?

Suppose we were to make a quilt using only this one block style, what would it look like? Digital quilts are made using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) software.

  • This first digital quilt concept uses the Be My Valentine block as described above, but you’ll see I took the liberty of making the block with matching appliqué shapes. The first quilt has only neutral applied wedges and the second quilt has bright applied wedges.
  • The second digital concept quilt features the block in a six by eight block grid, framed with traditional sashing and cornerstones.
  • The last digital quilt throws convention out the window, as I’m sometimes known to do. To create motion in this quilt I eliminated sashing and mismatched the heart sizes at each corner.
We’ll be using the Carefree Curves Template throughout the entire 2016 Quilt Extravaganza. Watch episodes online for more tips on using the templates in my two-part series featuring the Trace’n Create Carefree Curves tools on Sewing With Nancy.

Watch Quilt with Carefree Curves (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

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Sewing With Nancy/Nancy Zieman Carefree Curves

Send in a photo of your blocks and quilts and we’ll share with others in upcoming blogs and on Facebook. I’d really like to see what fabrics you’re using! Send the images to [email protected]
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