String Heart Blockmakes one 18 1/2" heart block
~100 strings of assorted widths ranging from 1" - 2", with at least 20 of the strings being at least 5" long
fat quarter of larger of background fabric
(30) 3 1/2" squares of copy paper for paper templates
To create one heart block, you'll be making:
(20) Block As
(10) Block Bs
(6) 3 1/2" background squares
1) To begin, set your machine's stitch length to ~ 1.5mm. This will perforate the paper you're sewing through for easy removal.
2) Take one long string and fold in half lengthwise, creating a crease with your fingernails at both ends.
Align that crease with the center of one of your paper squares, and use a dot of glue to hold in place, right side up. This is the only string we will place right side up.
6) Trim square down to 3 1/2", aligning your ruler with your paper square and trimming away the excess fabric. Remove the paper by folding back and creasing along each seam and pulling at the paper.
7) Repeat steps 1-6 to create a total of 20 string blocks.
1) Block B is a traditional Roman Stripe block. First, you'll need to cut (10) 3 1/2" squares from your background fabric. Once your squares are cut, on the right side of the block, use a Frixion pen or Hera marker to mark the center diagonal of the square.
Measure 1/4" from that marking, and trim the excess.
Glue this odd triangle to one of your remaining paper squares, taking care to line up the edges.
4) Trim square to 3 1/2", aligning your ruler with the paper square, and repeat to create a total of 10 Roman Stripe blocks.
1) To create additional movement and visual interest, we'll place the string blocks in such a way that the center of the block creates a herringbone effect. Follow the photo below to place your blocks in the heart shape. Move your blocks around until you're pleased with the layout. You'll notice I've got one square in the fourth row from the top that's out of place.
3) Join the rows together, press seams open, and you'll have a completed heart on your hands.
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