Are you looking for a quilted project that can be used for Valentine's Day and is beautiful enough to leave up all year long? I created this Twisting Heart wall hanging several years ago and it continues to be one of my most popular tutorials.
This is a lot of fun to make using the mini Lil' Twister tool. I have also made a baby quilt using this template that I'll share below.
Twisting Heart Valentine Tutorial
18" x 18"
The size of this wall hanging is 18 inches square, it could have made it into a pillow!
I also drew this block in Electric Quilt and have a diagram that I made in EQ.
I didn't do a very good job picking my light pinks......one is too light. You can see in the next photo the colors I picked in Electric Quilt, I wanted the two light ones to be very similar.
Now if I hadn't just done a whole month of Pink for the Rainbow Challenge I might have had the perfect one in my stash.
I used 3 ½ inch squares in the following colors:
- 10 dark red squares
- 11 red squares
- 6 medium pink
- 7 light-medium pink
- 15 background squares
Use a ¼th inch seam allowance.
Follow this diagram for the placement of the colors. Note: the top row has a background square in the center, not a pink.
After you have this pieced you will add the 2 ½ inch border of the background color.
When you cut the blocks using the template you will be cutting blocks using the intersection of the border/block for blocks as shown in the diagram below.
I forgot to take some photos of cutting the blocks so I sewed a couple of extra squares together so you could see how to cut the blocks and then turn them.
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Update: the link I had before was for the Mini Twister Tool which would need 4½-inch squares instead of 3½-inch squares. Sorry.
I am using the Primitive Gatherings Pinwheels template I bought from a quilt store some time ago. The replacement is the Tiny Twister Tool.
It is always fun to show how much the piece shrinks in size after you cut and piece back together.
I have another tutorial here that has better photos showing how to turn the blocks after you cut them.
Once you have pieced the blocks together add a 3-inch border of red fabric and quilt as desired. I cut my binding in 2 ½ inch strips the width of fabric and it took 2 strips. You can read my binding tutorial for more info.
My free motion flowers are a little wonky...but I like them.
Take a look at the back, I think it is always neat to share a photo like this.
Here is another Twister quilt that you might enjoy! That is little Sadie with long hair, she doesn't like to be brushed so it is easier to keep her hair short. We have no idea what kind of dog she is but thankfully she doesn't shed.
As you can see, my free motion quilting isn't perfect but....it works! I hope you have enjoyed the Twisting Heart Valentine Tutorial!