Sew Red for Women – November Tutorial

I’m so proud to be part of the Sew Red for Women blog hop!

Sew Red for Women was created to raise awareness of Heart Disease among women by way of creativity and camaraderie within the modern sewing community.  You can read more about the hop and find information about the other bloggers involved here. Today, I am sharing a tutorial for a 12″ block!

It’s a simple heart hst mosaic block! Unknowingly similar to last months block, but fun none the less.

I have a love of heart quilts, one of my early real/big quilts was all 6″ hearts, and with the focus on heart health, I was inspired to make a heart block.

I used just two fabrics, from the bella solid cut two  3 1/2″ squares, and seven 4″ squares for hst units.  The pink print, needs just seven 4″ squares.  Pair the 4″ squares to make 14 half-square triangle units, and trim to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  Press half the seam allowances to the red, and the other half to the pink print, to help with nesting later.

I shared how to make hst units recently in this post, but actually used my Go! cutter for this set.

 Layout the pieces as shown, alternating the seam allowances as needed to nest them when sewing.

Sew the rows together, press the seam allowances in opposite directions.

Sew the rows together to complete the block!

If I were to make a quilt with just this block, I would alternate the colors, like this:

Follow along with us as we make more blocks, and learn more about Sew Red for Women here.

Take care of yourself – Amy

By |2017-02-06T09:18:18-06:00November 3rd, 2012|Block of the Month|13 Comments


  1. Sandi Colwell November 3, 2012 at 4:56 am - Reply

    That’s very cool. Love the design

  2. Michele November 3, 2012 at 5:37 am - Reply

    I love the design too. I’ve seen a lot of heart blocks but I really like this one, it is just a tad different from the others.

  3. Darlene November 3, 2012 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Nice job Amy!! I love the layout and the use of the different colors of Red!! Did you use EQ7 to layout the quilt?

  4. Snoodles November 3, 2012 at 8:57 am - Reply

    This is so cool — love the layout with the alternating colors!

  5. Teje November 3, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Hi Amy! That is beautiful block! Great design for a quilt, too! x Teje

  6. Shari November 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    It’s great to learn about this endeavour. Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer – so very important to remind us all to get regular check ups and not ignore symptoms! Your block is simple yet so powerful – I love how it looks if it was a one-block quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Kate Brown November 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I think this is a fabulous block. I also was unaware of the sew red for womens heart disease. I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension ( high pressure within the heart and lungs and it does not relate to regular blood pressure) and at that time I didnt even know what it was. It is so important for women to educate themselves about heart disease, it could save their lives. Thank you for doing this Amy!!!!

  8. amber November 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Very cool block. The secondary pattern is really cool too!

    Great job Amy!

  9. susana November 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Cuantos corazones tiene usted!Gracias .

  10. Amanda Rose November 5, 2012 at 7:46 am - Reply

    I love the concept of sew red for women. Beautiful block.

  11. Queenie Believe November 5, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

    This is a very clever quilt I love it!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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