Traditional quilt blocks often have unusual names. As an example, here’s the Hearts & Gizzards design, a pattern that can be traced back to the late 1800s. The gizzard shape, opposite the recognizable heart motif, is not something many of us would recognize, yet the following curved design still bears that name and is the feature of this week’s Sewing With Nancy online program, Quilt with Carefree Curves. Watch online, on PBS, or DVD.
Over a hundred years ago, this design was created with difficulty, but now learn a carefree approach, using Trace ‘n Create Quilt Templates—Carefree Curves.
Carefree Hearts & Gizzards
In last Thursday’s Blog posting, I previewed the first program of this 2-part TV series. If you didn’t see the traditional way of seaming opposing curves, you might want to click and read. It isn’t an easy technique! But there’s a solution, take the 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.
- 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 Sof Shape—2-1/2″ to 3-1/2” crosswise strips depending upon size of heart. (Packaging contains full instructions.)
- Align the template on the wrong side of the crosswise strip, placing the template “fabric edge” marking of selected size along top edge of the fabric.
- Use a fine-point fabric marker to trace along the template. (I used a Sharpie so you could see the markings.)
- Starting at one edge, trace both sides of template with 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.
- Cut along straight trace lines, using a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.
- 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.
- Cut apart.
- Trim away excess fabric. For best results, use a pinking shears or pinking rotary cutter blade.
- Trim away excess interior interfacing, leaving 1″ of interfacing.
- Turn interfacing to wrong side
- Press curved edge, making certain seam is at the edge.
- 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.
- 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.
- Place four block sections together to see how the design unfolds.
When you watch online, you’ll also see the Wagon Wheel option, using the third template of the Carefree Curves Template Set. I think that I’ll save that technique for another blog!
Quilt with Carefree Curves, 2-part Sewing With Nancy series, is this week’s online Sewing With Nancy feature. Watch online, on PBS, or DVD. Or, watch on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Have you downloaded the app?
For a chance to win a copy of the Quilt with Carefree Curves book and a set of the Carefree Curves Template, tell me which Carefree Curve Design from the show is your favorite. Now, I didn’t show you all of them, there are more to see on the TV show! A random winner will be announced November 30th.
Bye for now,