February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts & Gizzards Block

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2020 Block of the Month February: Hearts & Gizzards Block

Introducing the second of 12 FREE! Quit Block Tutorials for the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Nancy’s Red Elegance Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series! The Hearts & Gizzards Block is a great block to sew in February and celebrate Valentine’s Day –  Happy Valentine’s Day!

In January, Team Nancy Zieman introduced the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Nancy’s Red Elegance Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series. Join the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Nancy’s Red Elegance Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series, anytime, by viewing the Basic Supplies and Tools Listing in the January 1, 2020 NZP BoM20 Kick Off Blog Posting.

On the third Saturday of each month, we’re featuring one block design, and we’ll be stitching one or more blocks of the same design each month. The blocks are created using Our NEW! Red Elegance Fabric Collection by Riley Blake and the Carefree Curves Trace ‘n Create Template Set by Nancy Zieman for Clover. Follow along as we show step-by-step how to create the February Hearts & Gizzards Block.

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts & Gizzards Block

NEW! Red Elegance Fat Quarter Pack - by Nancy Zieman Productions for Riley Blake Designs

 

February Hearts & Gizzards Block

NOTE: This block is 8-1/2″ square; 8″ finished square when sewn into finished quilt.

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts & Gizzards Block

 

Block Fabrics

 

For the Nancy’s Red Elegance February Hearts & Gizzards Block, select the following fabrics from the NEW! Red Elegance Fat Quarter Bundle along with the “Circle” Template from the Carefree Curves Template Set.

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts & Gizzards BlockRed Elegance Stems Taupe. Red Elegance Stems Berry, Red Elegance Wallpaper Taupe  and Red Elegance Wallpaper Berry

JT445_01 Quilter’s Starch Savvy available at shopnzp.com

Note From Team Nancy Zieman ProductionsPrepare your fabrics! Pre-shrink fabrics by steaming and pressing, and steaming and pressing a second time. Then, stabilize fabrics for the sewing process by pressing and starching fabrics with June Tailor’s Starch Savvy. Press and starch, press and starch.

 

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

Carefree Curves Trace ‘n Create Template by Nancy Zieman for Clover

 

View the complete Basic Supplies and Tools Listing in the January 1, 2020 NZP BoM20 Kick Off Blog Posting, .

Cut Fabrics for the February Hearts & Gizzards Block

Note From Team Nancy Zieman Productions Create EIGHT! Hearts & Gizzards Blocks from four fat quarters and a little Pellon SofShape!

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts & Gizzards Block
February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts & Gizzards Block
February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

For this second block of the month in the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Nancy’s Red Elegance Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series, we’re sharing Nancy Zieman’s techniques for creating the curvy Hearts & Gizzards block – without ever piecing a single curve!

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts & Gizzards Block

Construct the Block

Create the Hearts & Gizzards Appliqué

Select the Hearts & Gizzards Template from the Carefree Curves Trace ‘n Create Template Set and align

  • Align the Hearts & Gizzards Template to the wrong side of one 6″ Red Elegance Wallpaper Taupe crosswise fabric strip. Place the “Fabric Edge” red line marking (on the smallest template) to fabric top edge.
  • Using a Fabric Marking Pen, trace around the smallest Hearts & Gizzards Template shape: Starting at one edge, trace both sides of template and around curved die-cut area – along the red curved line.
  • Rotate template 180-degrees and align smallest template “Fabric Edge” (red line marking) along bottom fabric edge. Trace curved die-cut area and remaining side.
  • Repeat tracing and rotating – and trace 16 Hearts & Gizzard shapes on the wrong side of the Red Elegance Wallpaper Taupe and 16 Hearts & Gizzard shapes on the wrong side of the Red Elegance Wallpaper Berry.

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

Note From Team Nancy Zieman ProductionsCut fabric strips into triangle shapes, along straight traced lines only. The curved traced lines will later be our stitching lines!

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

  • February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards BlockAlign top edge of one fabric triangle to long straight edge of one Pellon SofShape Fusible Interfacing strip, with right side of fabric to the smooth non-fusible side of the interfacing. Pin. Rotate and position top of next fabric triangle along the lower edge of the interfacing strip; pin. Repeat rotating, positioning, and pinning remaining fabric triangles to the smooth non-fusible side of the remaining interfacing strips.
  • Set sewing machine for a short 2.0-2.5 mm stitch length, and stitch along the curved marked lines using a Size 75 Schmetz Quilting Needle.

Note From Team Nancy Zieman ProductionsIt’s always easier to stitch smooth curves with a shorter stitch length!

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

  • Using a 45mm Rotary Cutting and Pinking Blade, trim away excess fabric and interfacing, leaving about 1/4″ seam allowance on the outside of the curved stitching line.
  • With a fabric shears, carefully trim away excess interfacing, leaving about 1″ of interfacing on the inside of the curved stitching line.
  • Repeat steps, trimming remaining fabric triangles.

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts & Gizzards Block

Using Clover’s Point 2 Point Turner, smooth the curved seam as the fusible side of the interfacing is turned to the wrong side of the fabric.
February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

  • Using a Mini Iron, press interfacing to fabric wrong side, and create the Hearts & Gizzards applique shape!
  • Repeat steps, pressing interfacing to wrong side of all 32 Hearts & Gizzards applique shapes.

Note From Team Nancy Zieman Productions Clover’s Mini Iron has a nice compact-size pressing tip for pressing small shapes, and small areas. 

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

  • Place two Berry Hearts & Gizzards shapes to opposing corners of 0ne Taupe background half-square triangle. Pin.
  • Place two Taupe Hearts & Gizzards shapes to opposing corners of 0ne Berry background half-square triangle. Pin.

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

  • Using Monofilament Thread, machine-stitch Hearts & Gizzards shapes to background half-square triangles, using a narrow blind-hem stitch, blanket stitch, zigzag stitch, or straight stitch.

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

  • Place opposing half-square triangles right sides together. Pin.
  • Stitch center seam using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam open.

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

Note From Team Nancy Zieman Productions To create an 8-1/2″ finished block, be sure to stitch opposing half-square triangles together using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. If seam is stitched with a full 1/4″ seam or larger, the block will measure less than 8-1/2″ finished!

 February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts & Gizzards Block

  • Press seam open and trim away extra seam allowances, also know as dog ears.

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts and Gizzards Block

The Nancy’s Red Elegance February Hearts & Gizzards Block is complete!

 

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts & Gizzards Block

  • Repeat steps above, and create EIGHT Hearts & Gizzards Blocks!

February 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Hearts & Gizzards Block


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For a chance to be the random winner of a Stitch it! Sisters 5″ Fabric Short Stack with S!S button & sticker, please leave a comment below sharing your thoughts about our NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series and/or The February Hearts & Gizzards Block.

Nancy Zieman Productions will give away one Stitch it! Sisters 5″ Fabric Short Stack to one US resident in the 48 contiguous states. Winner must reply within 30 days to the official giveaway announcement email message – sent from Nancy Zieman Productions. Email The NZP Team at [email protected]

The randomly selected winner of a copy of Knit Wardrobe Pattern M7331 by Nancy Zieman, from the January 8 Blog Post, Nancy Zieman’s Top 10 Knit Sewing Tips,  is Martha O.

McCall's M7331 Knit Wardrobe Collection by Nancy Zieman for The McCall Pattern Company

Her comment is: Currently finishing a child’s fake-fur lined poncho. I’ve only sewn with knits once ( helped make a friend’s friend a dress for wedding wear in 1981!) So a pattern with good instructions about knit fabric sewing will be very helpful.

 

Happy Quilting!

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