We were working on our Blockheads blocks back in December, which seems so long ago. I watched the Gringe with my grandkids many times over the holidays, and we often talked about having a big heart. I named the block ZEST for great enthusiasm and energy and, of course, a big heart.
Here is the link to the pattern download. But wait, there is more past the download!
This block is so simple that I had to play around with all kinds of options.
My 4″ block is half and half.
As I have done in my other blockheads’ posts, I have featured a few of my treasures. This week I am showing two pins, modalissa and Moda certified. But one of my favorite treasures is this pin that was in my stocking many years ago. That year, after all the gifts were open, bellies were full, and kids were down for naps, my mom brought out a huge sack for my sister and me.
Each item was individually wrapped and had a handwritten explanation about the history of the treasure. My sister and I spent the rest of the afternoon going through the makeshift stocking while mom told us all about the goods. This reminds me of how we all tell the stories about the meaning behind our quilts and the messages they leave behind.
I couldn’t help but incorporate my family into this quilt, combining 4 of the 4″ hearts to represent my three grandsons and one granddaughter.
To represent my four boys and one girl, I did the same but made them as 8″ blocks and will add this to my quilt somewhere. Every quilt tells a story, and mine would not be complete without adding these.
I was in the process of photographing these two blocks, and it gave me an idea!
I made a heart in a heart version combining the 4″ block and the 8″ block.
This is probably not the most efficient way to make this, but sometimes you just have to roll with it. Here are my notes to make your own.
Using the math from the blockheads 8″ Zest heart block, layout as shown above.
One ruler I am obsessed with is Simple Folded Corners by Antler Quilt Designs.
Cutting away the extra leaving seam allowances makes this process quick and accurate.
Here is half of the block. Join the two sides together.
When I told Doug I was going to be using his ruler, he graciously let me give away a few!!
So I have 3 of the mini Simple Folded Corners. Who wants one?
Leave a comment, and I will contact three winners directly for your shipping info.
Visit each of the designers listed below for their take on the ZEST block:
- Laurie Simpson
- Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
- Stacy Iest Hsu
- Robin Pickens
- Janet Clare
- Jen Kingwell
- Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co.
- Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
- Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
- Betsy Chutchian
- Jan Patek
- Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic
- Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Be sure to check out the Block Heads Facebook Group and look for Block Heads 3 on Instagram – #modablockheads and #modablockheads3.
Thanks so much for the chance to win! Love the variations of the hearts. And I love that all you Moda designers contribute to this event.
Such a good block. there are so many options with it and I love the variations that are coming from this block.
your variations are lovely I love your fabrics
I love this block! I wish I had it when I tried to make my boyfriend a pillow with a heart on it. I would love the ruler as I am stuck in emergency housing. It is a motel room and it’s getting smaller every day. My saving grace is I have material and my sewing machine here.
I made the 8 in. Block. Directions said to trim it to 8 1/2 in. My block measured 8 in. Before trimming. I made sure I followed the directions correctly