Who is ready to get this top together?
The weeks are flying by so quickly – and while next week is Part Four, and the winding up of this Sew-Along, things will still be available for you to print the PDF copies until May 15th when Hearts of Hope will be retired from the blog.
(German and French will come a day later. Please check back. Thank you for your patience.)
Hearts of Hope Center
We can jump right in and get this assembly started!
Following the above diagram, lay out your heart blocks in up and down columns as shown with 7 blocks across and 7 blocks down.
If you have followed me for long, you know I like to “web” my tops. What is webbing? It’s a way of chain piecing the top in columns so that all rows are built at the same time, with each row being connected to the next row, held together with chaining threads between the rows. (The chaining is the web part!)
For more information, click the Tips & Techniques tab at the top of the blog and scroll down to W for webbing. It will change your quilting life!
As you assemble the rows, press even rows opposite of odd rows so that seams will nest when joining row to row.
Quilt center complete.
Give it a good press!
Hearts of Hope is surrounded by a series of 4 borders. 2 spacer borders, and 2 pieced ones.
We are adding the first 3 borders in Part Three with the final border being constructed and added next week in Part 4.
From neutral fabric cut 5 strips 1 1/2” x width of fabric for each of the narrow spacer borders. (10 strips total)
I used two different neutrals here, pumping up the scrappiness of this quilt, but feel free to use the same neutral for both spacer borders if you wish.
*NOTE* If your fabric is more than 42 1/2” wide, you can cut the first two side borders from one strip each without having a seam in them. If your border is narrower, you’ll have to piece it. My fabric was barely 40” so I pieced.
Join border lengths end-to-end on the diagonal into one long length. Trim excess 1/4” beyond stitching and press seams open.
Measure the quilt from top to bottom through the quilt center. Cut two sides borders this length.
Add borders to quilt center, pinning to match centers and ends, easing where necessary to fit. Press seas toward borders just added.
Measure across the quilt center from side to side including the borders just added to this measurement.
Cut top and bottom borders this length.
Add top & bottom borders to quilt center, pinning to match centers and ends and easing where necessary to fit. Press seas toward borders.
Pieced border #2:
Pieced Squares Border
Make strip sets by alternating 2 blue 1 1/2” strips with 2 yellow 1 1/2” strips into sets 4 strips high. Press seas toward the blue strips.
Short strip lengths are my go-to when I want to create a lot of variety without too much repeat of the same thing.
Subcut the 4-strip sets into 44 segments 1 1/2” wide.
Join 11 of the 4-square units side by side into one border length. Make 4.
Following the color placement in the diagram above, add border of squares to quilt sides as shown, taking note that the right side border starts with a yellow square at the top, and the left hand border starts with a blue square.
Press seas toward the 1st neutral border.
Add cornerstones to each end of the top and bottom pieced borders, pressing seams toward the cornerstones.
Getting that pieced border on!
Add top and bottom pieced borders to quilt. Press seas toward the inner neutral border.
Looking good so far!
One more to go!
Following the directions for the first inner border, repeat the process by joining border strips end-to-end on the diagonal. Trim excess seam allowance 1/4” beyond stitching and press seams open.
Measure through the center of the quilt from top to bottom and cut 2 side borders this length.
Add them to the quilt, pressing seas toward the borders just added.
Measure across the center of the quilt from side to side and cut 2 top/bottom borders this length.
Add them to the quilt and press those seas toward the borders.
And that’s it for Part Three!
We’ll see you back here next Friday 4/15 for our final border-go-round.
If you are running short on blue and yellow strings, you can prep some more this week so you are ready to begin when the post goes live.
Thank you for your continued efforts in donating to our Quilters For Ukraine GoFundMe.
In lieu of purchasing a pattern for Hearts of Hope from me – my own hope is that you will donate as little as $10.00 to Quilters For Ukraine simply because you are participating in this Sew-Along.
Quiltville Quote of the Day –
How boring life would be if it all went the way we planned it.
I am grateful for the plot twists and bumps in my road that have brought me to where I am now.
And we never know how our story will go
Try not to fear the plot twists that are likely to come our way.
We are who we are by what we make of them.
Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!
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