Carefree Curve Quilt Templates Nancy Zieman Hearts and Gizzard Block

Looking for a quilt block on Pinterest or in a reference book? Have you noticed the unusual names given to quilt blocks? One of the most unique monikers, Hearts and Gizzards, dates back to the late 1800s. The gizzard shape, opposite the recognizable heart motif is not something many modern-day people will recognize. This unique block is the focus of this week’s featured Sewing With Nancy program, Quilt with Carefree Curves

Learn a carefree approach for constructing this once-difficult block using Trace ‘n Create Quilt Templates—Carefree Curves .

Trace 'n Create Quilt Template Carefree Curves by Nancy ZiemanCarefree Hearts & Gizzards

In last Thursday’s NZP blog posting, we previewed the first program of this 2-part TV series. If you didn’t see the traditional way of seaming opposing curves, review our Carefree Curves part one blog posting. The traditional way of seaming opposing curves isn’t always easy. But there’s a solution, take Nancy Zieman’s carefree approach using fusible interfacing.

Select the Hearts & Gizzards Template. You can create five quilt-block sizes from super-sized to traditional: 16-1/2″, 14-1/2″, 12-1/2″, 10-1/2″, and 8-1/2″ blocks.

Carefree Curves Quilt Template Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Select two fabrics, contrasting in color.
  • For every two blocks, cut one background square from each fabric. (See template for sizes.)
  • Cut background squares in half diagonally.
  • Cut crosswise strips from both fabric colors for Hearts & Gizzards shapes. For every two blocks, cut four Heart & Gizzard shapes from each fabric. (Even the strip sizes are printed right on the template—how easy is that!)
  • Cut crosswise strips of lightweight fusible interfacing, such as Pellon Sof-Shape—2-1/2″ to 3-1/2” crosswise strips depending upon size of heart. (Packaging contains full instructions.)

Carefree Curves Quilt Template Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Align the template on the wrong side of the crosswise strip, placing the template “fabric edge” marking of selected size along the top edge of the fabric.
  • Use a fine-point fabric marker to trace along the template.
  • Starting at one edge, trace both sides of template with a fabric marking pen/pencil.
  • Trace curve within die-cut areas of template.
  • Rotate template 180-degrees; align template “fabric edge” with fabric lower edge and side of template with previously traced line. Trace untraced side of template and curve within die-cut areas.
  • Repeat tracing and rotating process until desired quantity is achieved.

Carefree Curve Templates Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Carefree Curves Template Sewing WIth Nancy Zieman

  • Align top edges of fabric and interfacing, right side of fabric to fusible side of interfacing; pin. Position top of next wedge along the lower edge of the interfacing; pin.
  • Stitch along the curved markings with a short stitch length.

Carefree Curves Template Sewing WIth Nancy Zieman

Carefree Curves Template Sewing WIth Nancy Zieman

  • Turn interfacing to wrong side.
  • Press curved edge, making certain seam is at the edge.

Carefree Curves Template Sewing WIth Nancy Zieman

  • Pin two Hearts & Gizzards shapes to a contrasting background triangle as illustrated.
  • Machine stitch shapes to background, using a straight stitch, zigzag, or blind hem stitch.
  • Repeat process for a reversed color option.

Carefree Curve Quilt Templates Nancy Zieman Hearts and Gizzard Block

  • Stitch triangles of opposite color combinations together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam allowance open.
  • Use two sizes of hearts within one block for a design variation.

Carefree Curve Quilt Templates Nancy Zieman Hearts and Gizzard Block

  • Place four block sections together to see how the design unfolds.

Carefree Curve Quilt Templates Nancy Zieman Hearts and Gizzard BlockThere’s More!

When you watch online, you’ll also see Nancy’s Wagon Wheel option, using the third template included with the Carefree Curves Template Set.

Carefree Curves Template Sewing WIth Nancy Zieman Wagon Wheel Block

Watch Quilt with Carefree Curves, two-part Sewing With Nancy online at nancyzieman.com.

To watch Sewing With Nancy on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone, download the app.

 The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman

Are you ready for the  NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series featuring Nancy’s Carefree Curves Quilting Templates? There’s still time to Gather Your Supplies and stitch your New! January Circle Block!

Join the 2020 NZP Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series!

Prepare for the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series by gathering and organizing your supplies. Visit our 2020 NZP Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Kick Off & Gather Your Supplies Blog Posting for details!

Nancy’s Red Elegance

2020 Block of the Month January: Circle Block

January Circle Block

For a chance to win a set of the Carefree Curves Templates, from Clover, tell us which Carefree Curve Design from the show is your favorite. Now, we didn’t show you all of them, there are more to see on the show!

Clover will give away one Carefree Curves Templates 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.

 

Watch Nancy Zieman's 5 minute Nancy's Corner Interview on Sewing With Nancy with guest Wendy Mamattah of Braid and Stitch

Nancy’s Corner Spotlight! Today watch Nancy Zieman’s 5 minute Nancy’s Corner Interview on Sewing With Nancy with guest Wendy Mamattah of Braid and Stitch. Wendy engaged her artistic skills & immersed herself in the culture of her homeland, Ghana, to create mesmerizing art quilts. The Masai Journey depicts a long line of women journeying from their huts to the marketplace; each figure receding into the distance becomes smaller while maintaining great detail. Drummers and dancers seem to come to life in Wendy’s many dance inspired quilts.

Happy Quilting!

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