Valentine’s Day is an entire day dedicated to showing your special someone how much you love and adore them.
So what would be the best way for a quilter to do that, you ask?
By creating a one-of-a-kind gift from a Valentine quilt pattern, of course!
In this post, we’ll go over easy-to-follow steps to make our simple Sweethearts quilt pattern (pictured below), focusing mainly on the fun, modern heart block.
We also include fabric requirements and suggestions using Kona solids.
After the tutorial, you’ll get a peek at seven more gorgeous Valentine’s Day patterns that are sure to “wow” everyone.
- Supplies You’ll Need for Your Valentine Quilt Project
- How to Make a Valentine Quilt
- 7 Valentine’s Day Quilt Patterns To Try Yourself
Supplies You’ll Need for Your Valentine Quilt Project
Before we jump into the tutorial, let’s go over the supplies you’ll need for your Valentine quilting project. These will be the basics, but you may need another type of notion depending on the quilt pattern you choose.
- Sewing Machine
- Seam Ripper (just in case)
- Cutting mat and rotary cutter
- Ruler (preferably a larger ruler such as a 6”x24” so you can use it for a wide variety of projects)
Here are the specific fabric requirements for our Sweethearts quilt pattern, which will measure 59”x70”.
- Background (Kona Pearl Pink)- 1 ½ yard
- Hearts (Kona Salmon, Deep Rose, Dusty Peach, Carnation, Blush Pink, and Woodrose)- ½ yard of each
- Sashing rectangles (Kona Woodrose)-1 yard
- Sashing squares (Kona Rose)- ¼ yard
- Double Four Patch and Frayed Four Patch ( Kona Blush Pink)- ¼ yard
How to Make a Valentine Quilt
Now that we know how much fabric you need, we will go over the construction of each of the three different blocks that make up this quilt pattern.
Block #1: The Heart Block
The heart block is made up of eight pieces:
- 4- 3 ⅛” squares (background fabric)
- 2- 5 ⅜” squares (background fabric)
- 2- 5 ⅜”x9” rectangles (2 different heart fabrics)
You will need 15-Sweetheart blocks for this quilt pattern.
Step 1: Sew the top half of the left side of the heart.
Take one rectangle and 2- 3 ⅛” squares to your sewing machine. Draw a line diagonally on both of the small squares.
Sew one of the squares to the rectangle. Placing them right sides together, sew along the line you drew. Make sure you sew the square onto the top right corner of your rectangle.
Trim the excess from the block, leaving ¼” seam allowance.
Repeat this step to attach the second small square at the same corner you attached the first square. It should look similar to the point of a flying geese block. Press your block so it looks like the picture below.
Step 2: Sew the bottom half of the left side of the heart.
Like the smaller squares, draw a line diagonally across the larger 5 ⅜” square. This will be your guideline for sewing the square to the heart block. Start your stitch on the bottom right corner and sew along the line you marked.
Trim the excess, leaving a ¼” seam allowance. Press to reveal the completed left half of your heart block.
Step 3: Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to create the right side of the heart block.
Keep in mind that you want to mirror the left side to create the right side. Your finished halves will look like the below photo.
Step 4: Sew the two halves together.
Here is what it will look like once your halves are sewn together.
We want the finished blocks to measure 9” square, so we need to trim down the vertical edges of the block. Check how wide your block is (it should measure 10 ¼” wide) and trim equal amounts from each vertical side. I will be trimming ¾” from each vertical side of my block.
Repeat these steps to create 14 more Sweetheart blocks.
Block #2: Double Four Patch
This block is simply two Four Square Patch blocks and two squares. The pieces you will need to cut for each Double 4 Patch block are the following:
- 4- 2 ⅝” squares (background fabric)
- 4- 2 ⅜” squares (darker fabric)
- 2- 4 ¾” squares (background fabric)
You will need 12- Double Four Patch blocks in total for this quilt pattern.
Step 1: Construct the four patch blocks.
You will sew 2-2 ⅝” squares of each color together to construct these blocks.
Next, sew the rows together to make a four-patch block.
Repeat this step to make another four-patch block.
Step 2: Construct the Double Four-Patch block.
Take 2-4 patch blocks and 2 – 4 ¾” squares and sew them together the same way you created the four-patch block.
Sew the rows together.
Block #3: Frayed Four Patch
Last but not least, we have the Frayed Four-Patch block. This block will need the following pieces cut for each block:
- 6- 2 ⅝” squares (darker fabric)
- 2- 2 ⅝” squares (background fabric)
- 4- 2 ⅝”x4 ¾” rectangles (background fabric)
You will need three Frayed Four Patch blocks for this quilt pattern.
To construct this block, let’s put it together by row.
Step 1: Sew Rows #1 and #3
Take 2- 2 ⅝” squares from the darker fabric and 1- 2 ⅝”x4 ¾” rectangles and sew them together. Make two sets of this step. These are rows #1 and #3.
Step 2: Put together Row #2.
Row #2 is comprised of a four-patch block and 2- 4 ¾”x2 ⅝” rectangles.
Sew the pieces together to complete Row #2.
Step 3: Sew all the rows together.
Sew all your rows together to get the finished Frayed Four Patch block.
Cutting instructions for the sashing:
- 71- 2 ⅝”x9 ½” rectangles (sashing fabric)
- 42- 2 ⅝” squares (sashing darker fabric)
Cutting instructions for the border:
- 8- 1 ½”x WOF (width of fabric)
7 Valentine’s Day Quilt Patterns To Try Yourself
That’s the end of the tutorial portion of this post – but wait! We’ve curated a list of seven more adorable Valentine’s Day quilts that we know you’ll love. Let’s check them out!
1. Sweetheart Quilt Pattern
How precious is this quilt pattern? The heart block is similar to our Sweetheart quilt block, but this designer stepped it up a notch and added an adorable bow on each heart. This pattern will show you how to construct a quilt measuring 60”x64”.
2. Scrappy Heart Block
Here is a free tutorial on making two different sizes of scrappy heart blocks. This is a great scrap buster pattern if you have a lot of small scraps.
3. Valentine Hearts Table Runner
This is another free tutorial that offers you an easy-to-follow pattern to create this beautiful, sweet table runner. This is great if you want to make something for someone, but you might not necessarily want to make a huge quilt.
4. From the Heart
From the Heart is a fabulous pattern that combines these beautiful little hearts with a traditional eight-point star. I love how this designer mixes blues and greens with pinks and reds.
5. With Love
This lattice-heart design is so fun and versatile, don’t you think? This pattern will show you how to make a 55 ½” square quilt that you could easily use to create Valentine’s gifts and baby quilts.
6. A Little Break
A Little Break would be a fantastic gift for that coffee lover in your life. This pattern gives instructions for 2 different quilt sizes: crib and large throw.
7. Love You Most
This gorgeous pattern combines fun boxy hearts and “xoxo” in an adorable checkerboard design. The pattern shows you how to construct a 72”x72” quilt top.
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I hope this compilation of Valentine patterns, along with our free Sweetheart quilt block tutorial, has inspired you to create your own lovely project for your special someone (or yourself) this year.
The fun part about all these quilt patterns is that you can create smaller projects from the blocks included in each pattern. Try mixing and matching different Valentine-themed blocks to make your own design. Good luck!