Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fabri-Quilt Block Hop - Argyle Hearts Quilt Block Tutorial

Thank you for stopping by for my block tutorial in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop! Fabri-Quilt was kind enough to donate fat eighth bundles for the tutorials. I am proud to be here among all these insanely talented individuals.  Please be sure to check out everyone else's tutorials and find a giveaway at today's lovely host's site:

Host – Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Hannah @Modern Magnolia Studio
Cindy @Stitchin At Home
Abby @Hashtag Quilt
Lisa @Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Carrie @Chopping Block Quilts
Brianna @The Iron and Needle
Tish @Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jan @The Colorful Fabriholic
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Beth @Cooking Up Quilts
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Liz @LizzyClips Design
Kim @Leland Ave Studios

As I mentioned, Fabri-Quilt is generously sponsoring all these wonderful tutorials.  Here is our fun color palette:

Watermelon Summer
Chartreuse, Turquoise, Coral
Aqua, Lapis Blue, White

Introducing my contribution to the block hop:
Argyle Hearts Block
Ok, after seeing everyone's hi-tech approach to sharing their tutorials, I'm going old school on you. Ready?

As you can see, I have one Basic Argyle Hearts Block and two alternatives showing how versatile the 6" center section can be.

Before we get started, here are some suggested tools you will need to collect together:

  • 5 FE of the Watermelon Summer bundle
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • 1/4" Ruler (if you have one)
  • Air & Water Soluble pen (a pencil will work if you don't have one)
  • Pins
  •  Iron and ironing board
  • Thread and sewing machine


Cut your fabric like so:

Coral- (24) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2
            (8) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2

Chartreuse- (4)   1 1/2 x 2 1/2
                   (24)  1 1/2 x 1 1/2
                    (4)   2 1/2 x 2 1/2

Aqua-  (8)     1 1/2 x 2 1/2
            (16)   1 1/2 x 1 1/2

Turquoise- (4)  3 1/2 x 3 1/2

White-  (1) 6 1/2 x 6 1/2
             (16) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2

Step 1:
Let's start with the four heart sections along the outsides.

This part is mostly Flying Geese.  Following the photo as a guide, you will arrange sewn Geese as shown.

Here's how to assemble the first "Goose:"

Gather an Aqua 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 along with one Chartreuse and one Coral 1 1/2" square.  Use your pen or pencil to draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the two 1 1/2" squares.

*Note: Always mark on the wrong side of fabrics

Place the Chartreuse square on the left side of the Aqua rectangle, making sure the diagonal line matches the photo layout.

Sew ON the line you drew.

Cut threads and use your 1/4" ruler to trim corner.


Press flat.

Now let's repeat on other side. Mark diagonal line on Coral square, again right sides together and making sure your line is going the same direction as the layout photo.

Sew on the line, trim corner, and press.

Easy, right?  And probably something most of you have mastered ages ago, so let's fast forward, shall we?  Repeat directions for Flying Geese until you have 8 Geese for each of the 4 heart sections as depicted in the layout photo.

Onwards to the next step. Technically you can do this one of two ways, vertically or horizontally.  I prefer assembling vertically, so that is how it is shown.

Ta Da!
This was the hardest part.  Congrats on baring with me this long.

Step 2:

Here's an easy one; take a Chartreuse 2 1/2" square and draw a diagonal line across corner to corner as we did before.  Now, place in the top right corner of a Turquoise 3 1/2" square (see photo).

You know the drill :)  Sew on the line, trim corner, press and repeat for the remaining 3 corners.


Step 3:

Let's tie it all together!

The photo is for reference.

Corner + Heart Section + Corner
Heart Section + 6" White Square + Heart Section
Corner + Heart Section + Corner

Top + Middle + Bottom


Ok, I started out this project wanting to do a heart center, but loved that it had versatility.  You could do just about anything you LOVE in the center  :)  The plain center, heart insert, fussy cut from your favorite fabric, or any 6" block design of your choice.


 This the exact same as the Basic Argyle Heart Block above, except substitute the White 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 center for the following:

White- (1) 1 1/2 x 6 1/2
            (1) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2
            (1) 1 7/8 x 1 7/8
            (1) 3 7/8 x 3 7/8

Coral- (1) 1 1/2 x 6 1/2
           (4) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2
           (1) 1 7/8 x 1 7/8
           (1) 3 7/8 x 3 7/8

 Step 1:
Remember how to make those Flying Geese?  Here we go again. Grab the White 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 and two of the 1 1/2 x 1 1x/2 square Corals.

Draw. Trim. Press. Draw. Trim. Press.

Step 2:
HST (half square triangle) time!  I prefer a method where you use 2 pieces of fabric to yield 2 HSTs.

Draw a line diagonally corner to corner on the back of the White 3 7/8 square.  Lay right sides together over the Coral 3 7/8 square.

Now PAUSE! Before I had you sew on the line, but this time (using a 1/4" foot if you have one) sew 1/4" along both sides of the drawn line.

Pause! Now you will cut ON the drawn line in the center. Press both new pieces.

Repeat HST directions on the White and Coral 1 7/8" squares.

Step 3:

White 1 1/2 x 6 1/2
HST + Coral Square + Flying Geese + Coral Square + HST
Coral 1 1/2 x 6 1/2

Thank you for stopping by!  Hope you enjoyed my block.  Please let me know if you make it, I would love to see it! 


  1. What is not to love about summer (it is by far my favorite season of the year)?!?!?!! This is such a cute block, and I do love the versatility of the center block.

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  3. This is such a cute block! I like that the center can be changed for different blocks, depending on how you want to use it.

  4. Your block is so cute!!! You did a fantastic job, and I am so happy you played along. And I happen to love graph paper sketches. Old school is always the best. P.S. If you get spam, please feel free to turn on you "moderate comments" button again.

  5. I *Heart* it! The color combo is super.

  6. This is such a sweet block. I think it would make a darling quilt for a little girl. Great job on the block and tutorial.

  7. Adorable! Love the name and such a sweet block! Great job!

  8. Love the graph paper method. That's how it's done at my house as well. :)

  9. Love this block. Thank you for sharing it.

  10. Love this block. Thank you for sharing it.

  11. What a great block!!! This will be fun to play with in a quilt to see what secondary patterns it creates!

  12. Cool block! Love the ideas for the different inserts. It's really neat. Great use of the colors, too.

  13. Very nice block and clear, well photographed tutorial! I really like the secondary patterns too.

  14. Your block design is so unique and fabulous! You also did a wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

  15. Wow, your block is awesome! I agree, it will be fun to see what the secondary patterns will be. Congrats on a beautiful block

  16. Super fun block! It would be so cute to make a Valentines mini. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Hannah, this is a wonderful block. I know what I'll be making for next Valentine's day! As a beginner, I really appreciate your detailed directions--right down to "PAUSE!"--and very clear photos. And I'm all for going "old school"--it's exactly how I can afford trying design work (that I haven't yet tried).Congrats on being chosen to be a part of this Hop--what an honor!

  18. Hannah, this is a wonderful block. I know what I'll be making for next Valentine's day! As a beginner, I really appreciate your detailed directions--right down to "PAUSE!"--and very clear photos. And I'm all for going "old school"--it's exactly how I can afford trying design work (that I haven't yet tried).Congrats on being chosen to be a part of this Hop--what an honor!

  19. oh my goodness!! I have ALL of the heart eyes for your lovely block!! Sweetness!
    (I adore graph paper, too!)

  20. well Hannah, I heart your block. Good clear instructions too!

  21. I see some very cool secondary designs in this, and I would like to play around with colour placement to make the centres pop...Great job on designing a versatile block :)

  22. This is such a fantastic block! I like that you have the option for the center to either have a heart or be left blank. It is so nice to have a space to add some special quilting or an extra appliqué or design.

  23. Love your block -- and the fact that you use graph paper, too! Great job!

  24. Love the flexibility of this block, and I love anything that reminds me of argyles! Job well done, great block.

  25. I plan on making this one. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  26. Lots and lots of room design into this for variation! That makes for an excellent block design, IMO. Argyles are tough to do, but I think you've hit it, and better so when I imagine it forming all the secondary patterns as multiple blocks. I'd have to say buying argyle knee socks was always part of our back to school routine toward the end of summer, so I definitely connect this summers of my childhood. Awww. Of course, always a winner for Valentine's Day as well. Thanks for sharing your work.

  27. Cute block! I like the "old school" graphics - graph paper is my #1 quilt design tool!

  28. I love this block. It would look great in a whole quilt. I also love your graph paper instructions. Your diagrams are very clear. My hand drawn prototypes were very messy, so I didn't share them .