Thursday, January 13, 2011

Free Pieced Heart Table Runner for Valentines - Tutorial -

Valentines Day is coming! In order to chase away the dark, dreary and wet days here in the Pacific Northwest. I'm sprucing up the home with some Valentine decorations. I was thinking it was time I tried Free Piecing some hearts for a Table Runner, using inspiration from the Free Pieced Pumpkin Table Runner I made a couple years ago. You can find it HERE, and HERE.

Free Pieced Heart Table Runner

Free Pieced Hearts are easy. Here's a little tutorial to help you along. {sorry about the rotten pics. Two words. Need SUN}

Step 1
Start with 2 red squares (these are 1 1/2") and 2 white squares (also 1 1/2")
Step 1

Step 2
Lay the white squares on top of the red squares, right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from one point to the other. Sew on this line.
Step 2

Step 3
Now trim away, leaving a 1/4" seam.
Press open
Step 3

Step 4
Sew together as shown
Here is the V of your heart
Step 4

Step 5
Add the middle your heart by sewing on a piece the same width as the V piece and however long you'd like your heart to be
Step 5

Step 6
Now let's add to the width of your heart. Sew a strip to each side of the middle of the heart, as shown.
Step 6

Step 7
Now for the trimming. This will be the general shape of the heart. I chose to trim this one long and skinny. Sort of like a primitive heart. You could make it shorter and chunkier just by how you trim it.
Step 7

Step 8
Now to add white around the heart to form a quilt block. Add a white piece to the top. The same width as the heart piece.
Step 8

Step 9
Now add the side pieces.
Step 9

Step 10
Press Open
Step 10

Step 11
Lay one of your quilting rulers on top of the heart piece. Try and trim it to a square. This one was almost 6 1/2" square. I trimmed the top pieces and now I know I need two smaller pieces on the bottom to form the square.
Step 11

Step 12
Here you can see I added the two bottom pieces and then trimmed the block to a 6 1/2" square.
Step 12

I added white to each 6 1/2" block to make this Table Runner right around 10" x 33" in overall size.
Free Pieced Heart Table Runner

Here are some close ups of the hearts. Hopefully you can see the seams enough to get a general idea of how I made the different shapes.
Free Pieced Heart

Every heart but the larger middle heart in the Table Runner, started with 1 1/2" squares to form the V.
Free Pieced Heart

I added two squares to either side of the V on this one, then the middle piece, then the bottom piece. Then I trimmed it to a heart shape. Notice I cut the corners of the top of either side of the heart on this one.
Free Pieced Heart

I left the corners on this one.
Free Pieced Heart

Tah Dah. Easy Free Pieced Hearts! Would be cute on Pot Holders, or framed too.
Free Pieced Heart Table Runner

ooxx`jodi



22 comments:

VickiT said...

Super cute runner Jodi. Great idea. Thank you.

The Zoo Keeper-ette said...

So stinkin' cute- I may just have to do this, and I don't "do" Valentine's decorations ;)
Thanks!

Julie said...

Jodi
are you reading my mind?? I am participating in Sarah and Molly's free pieced study so I have free piecing on my brain and I was wondering how to do free pieced hearts and then I read your blog entry and KAZAm!!! You figured it out for me. Thanks so much.
I can't wait to try it out on so many different things.
Julie

Kelly O. said...

see? you're so smart! now I have to copy you :)

Sarah Craig said...

That is so cute, Jodi! Love it!

Barb said...

Just dropped by to say hi....was wondering how you are doing. Love the tutorial...

Amy said...

I love it! thanks so much for the tut,Amy

Domestic Goddesque said...

That's gorgeous, and such a simple idea. Why is it I can never think of these things?

Wendy said...

What a pretty table runner, thanks so much! Now I just need a dining room table... and a completed dining room... I'm seeing one of htese in blue...

Lisa B Carter Designs said...

SOOO Cute!!! Thank you for the tutorial.

Melodee said...

I love it! I have been anxiously awaiting this and you didn't disappoint. I am headed to my sewing room now.

Prairie Girl Studio said...

how wonderful to find you jodi, thanks to robin!
i can certainly see how you two connect
~ two creative souls you are!
loveliness abounds!
: )
prairiegirl
ps. and i do 'heart' your sweet runner!

Tiffaney said...

Your hearts are so whimsicle. I love them.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Beautiful! I am a good seamstress, at least for clothes, curtains and slipcovers, but I am not a good quilter; instructions flummox me.

But I sure do love to look!

I loved your re-run of "scrap quilts" post -- my Mom used to knit and crochet what she called "scrapghans" -- afghans made of bits and pieces of leftover yarn. And sometimes it worked, and sometimes... well, it was warm at least.

When I've done patchwork -- and that's only been for baby quilts -- I've started with new, "on purpose," fabrics. I'm a scrappy coward.

Lovely blog!
Cass
PS I will look up the Williams Sonoma rib recipe. Thanks!

Becky said...

I like it! Our Buffet/sideboard/big piece o furniture looks a bit nekkid now that my Christmas runner and all the Santas are back in the box.

Gumbo Lily said...

I *heart* this!!!!
Thank you for showing us how.

Jody

Anonymous said...

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

Hanswife said...

just completed the table runner although my photos are dark--what a dork I took them at night. will try and catch it again in the morning. it was a great tutorial and love the idea.

Suzanne said...

Thank you for a great tutorial. I love the way you constructed the hearts.

Simone de Klerk said...

Came over from Pink Chalk Studio blog. What a LOVEly tablerunner.

elnorac said...

Thanks for this lovely, helpful tute! Since I'm new to improv piecing, this is just what I needed. Thanks to you and to Pink Chalk for sending me here.

ECMQG said...

Thank you for sharing. We are linking to your tutorial for the "To Boston With Love" effort initiated by the Vancouver MQG.

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