Friday, February 1, 2013

Twisting Heart Valentine Tutorial

Pin It It is hard to believe that February is already here!

I took a little break from working on the Nyan Cat quilt.....I have it about almost pieced and the backing won't be here for about a week so I decided to play a little. I wanted to make a Valentine Heart Twister last year and never got it done so I decided to work on that.

The size of this is 18 inches square.....I could have made it into a pillow!

I didn't do a good job picking my light pinks......one is too light. You can see in the next photo the colors I picked in Electric Quilt, I wanted the two light ones to be very similar. Now if I hadn't just done a whole month of Pink for the Rainbow Challenge I might have had the perfect one in my stash.
heart twister with my EQ diagram
I used 3 1/2 inch squares in the following colors:
  • 10 dark red squares
  • 11 red squares
  • 6 medium pink
  • 7 light medium pink
  • 15 background squares
Use a 1/4th inch seam allowance.

Follow this diagram for the placement of the colors. Note: the top row has a background square in the center, not a pink.
color placement
After you have this pieced you will add the 2 1/2 inch border of the background color. When you cut the blocks using the template you will be cutting blocks using the intersection of the border/block for blocks as shown in the diagram below.
Placement of templates
I forgot to take some photos of cutting the blocks so I sewed a couple extra squares together so you could see how to cut the blocks and then turn them.

As you can see I am using a template I bought from a quilt store some time ago. I also drew this block in Electric Quilt and have a diagram that I made in EQ.
Cutting the squares
It is always fun to show how much the piece shrinks in size after you cut and piece back together.
piece shrinks in size after cutting and piecing
I have another tutorial here that shows how to turn the blocks after you cut them if you would like to see more.

Once you have pieced the blocks together add a 3 inch border of red fabric and quilt as desired. I cut my binding in 2 1/2 inch strips the width of fabric and it took 2 strips.
Back of quilted piece
My free motion flowers are a little wonky...but I like them.
closeup of quilting
Click on image to save a 4 x 6 reference card.
4 x 6 reference card

I'm trying something new - if you would like to download a .PDF file click here  this should take you to a Goggle Document that you can save.

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72 comments:

  1. Good morning, Connie. And a Happy February to you, too! What a great tutorial. The .pdf file is great; wish more people used this. I've got all those reds and pinks out for my "Red" quilt, and I think this would be a perfect little project for them. Once again, you're a source of inspiration. Wish you lived closer.......

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  2. Your twisted heart quilt is really neat and your freemotion flowers are sweet! Pretty too! Looks like it would be a fun project.

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  3. Very cute, Connie. I will definitely have to try this.
    Vicky F

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  4. Love it! I like making Lil Twister quilts and had been planning a heart one in the future, (my youngest is a Valentine's baby). This just makes me want to get started sooner! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. What a pretty Valentine quilt! I have seen these and have been a little nervous to try it. Thanks for the tutorial you made it look fun and easy.

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  6. Just beautiful Connie! The qulting is amaxing! Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  7. What a great tutorial for this twister. Very creative layout and love the heart. Your quilting just puts it over the top. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  8. What a great tutorial. A wonderful little quilt for Valentines day. I might just have to give the twister a try this month.

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  9. Thank you for the great tutorial! I pinned it for future reference!

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  10. Spectacular.Thanks for the great tutorial and hope to do it soon.

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  11. love that heart quilt. one of these days I am going to try that ruler.

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  12. This is so beautiful but seems so hard! (I've no experience with quilt)
    Maybe I'll try some day!

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  13. That's so sweet Connie! I've seen this one out there and often thought I'd like to make it - thanks for the downloadable pattern!!!

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  14. I love it! Another project to begin and add to my other 10. Thanks a lot! lol

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  15. How sweet! I like the back as much as the front. Your quilting looks terrific.

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  16. What a perfect quilt for Valentine's Day!

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  17. What a sweet quilt. And I love the way you quilted it.

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  18. LOVE this tutorial and I am a huge twister fan. I have been looking for the perfect Valentine project. Thanks!

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  19. Your twister heart is wonderful. Thank you for the tutorial. I love the set up of yours.

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  20. I am definitely going to make one of these before next February... so cute! I love how you quilted it too - thanks for showing the back.

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  21. What a lovely quilt. Looks perfect to make for the quilthanger in our bedroom. If I'll finish it on time for Valentine's.... don't think so. But it's going in my folder for tutorials I want to use!!!
    Thanks!!

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  22. Connie that's the cutest valentine ever. Thanks for the tutorial and for all your great ideas, you're the bomb!

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  23. This is great; I'm going to pin it. Thanks!

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  24. ohhh I love twisters, think I'm going to get busy in the next 2 weeks with one of these

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  25. I have the Lil' Twister ruler ... I've just never used it. This may be the first project I try it on -- great job, Connie! And just in case you're wanting input ... I'm *so* tickled you shared the instructions in a pdf! I love pinterest and I love to make note of my favorites -- but six years from now when I decide to finally make this (LOL!!!) or make it again -- who knows if your page will still be where it is or if I can find it! The pdf is now safely on my hard drive, for whenever I'm ready for it!! Thank you, thank you!! :)

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  26. It looks fabulous and is the perfect valentine's quilt.

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  27. Connie, I love, love, love this quilt. Thanks for the turorial. pinning this to make later.
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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  28. I like the colors you chose. It's probably too late for me to make one this year (too many other commitments) but its going in my list for next year! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. So sweet Connie! Fabulous quilting too

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  30. What an amazing design! It would make such a cute pillow.

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  31. Ps I like your light pink and think it looks great!

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  32. Your twister quilt is awesome. I'm putting this on my list to complete for next Valentines Day.

    Thank you for taking the time to put this into a pdf file. LOVE that you did that for your readers/followers.

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  33. A beautiful welcome project for February. I am so glad January is gone after of week of -40C windchills! I need this cute project to cheer me up. I love your tutorial format.

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  34. Thank you for the great tutorial. I am always looking for new ways to use my Twister ruler. I really like the way your heart came out.

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  35. Thanks so much for the printable tutorial. This is such a lovely quilt and your instructions are wonderful.

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  36. It's beautiful! I have one of those templates in small and large. One day I should use them!

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  37. Wow! What a cutie! I L♥VE it and will have to stop what I'm doing today and make a couple of these!
    Great tutorial and I l♥ve the little quick reference card and the PDF file. So thoughtful of you to do this.
    Thanks

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  38. Connie

    Thank you so very much for the tutorial and the bonus of a pdf file it worked great. I love this design.

    Eva
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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  39. I'm delighted to shared the tutorial with all!! Someday once settled again I would love trying it! It's so pretty.

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  40. Oh, Connie what a great tutorial. Wish I had it last year when our quilt group were making these in the Christmas Wreath version for a quilt we put together to raise money for outr local food pantry. We used the smallest twister ruler and made it into a wall hanging. Each block was made with different reds, greens and creams, but then it was sashed with a black tone on tone that tied it all together. Barb

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  41. Love it! Super fun looking, especially how the back came together!

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  42. Thank you so much for the darling tutorial! The PDF file worked great for me. Really well done.
    Thanks again.

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  43. Nice tute, Connie. Thanks for sharing. I like the new reference card idea you added... that's super! PDF is nice too.
    Love your heart quilt. So perfect for February. Great quilting!

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  44. Sew pretty! I love it! Thanks for sharing the pattern ... :) Pat

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  45. I'm not an experienced quilter, and I have some questions:
    1. What seam allowance are you using?

    2. Do you have a background border as well as the red border?

    3. If so, when you use the template, do you start with the intersection of the background border and the first square?

    Thanks for your help!

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  46. This is stunning! I found you on the Clever Chicks Hop and I would love to have you join the fun on my Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop.html

    Hope to see you there!

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  47. I love this! The piecing and quilting are fantastic! I hope you don't mind if I share your link and picture on my blog for others to see :-)

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  48. thanks sew very much for the pdf. great tutorial. cant wait to try this. a friend just gave me a few twister templates. ♥♥♥

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  49. Hello from another Conni!

    I love your take on the heart, that was a lot of work, but it looks amazing!

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  50. Very cute and great guide! Thank you! I've wanted to try one of these and a friend said I could borrow her template, so maybe it's time to give it a try.

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  51. That is so very cute! Until now, I wasn't so "taken" with the twister quilts. But this has warmed my heart! Thank you for the great tutorial! I am visiting from Freshly Pieced. So glad I found you!

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  52. This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop.html

    Check on Sunday to see if your were featured ;-)

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  53. Hi Connie!
    Just wanted to pop by and let you know that this is featured today on The Creative HomeAcre Hop and I pinned, tweeted, and shared it on my Facebook page!

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  54. Thank you so much for this tutorial Connie :) This is something I would like to make one day so thank you for sharing the 'how to do it'. hugs Elly

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  55. Beautiful Connie. Love the idea of using this design as a pillow. Great tutorial. Definitely goes into my list of favorites.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  56. Hi Connie,

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I hope you don't mind that I dedicate a post on my blog to your fantastic quilt.

    Love, Marieke

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  57. Thank you for this tutorial! It's interesting, I'm making also these twists in my local quiltgroup, but they are turning in the other way.

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  58. Thank you very much for showing how you did this.
    KATRIN W.

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  59. Love how you quilted this. And I think your pinks look nice. :D

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  60. Thanks Connie! I'll be trying this after I get some more pinks. Google docs is great too.

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  61. Thank you, thank you for the tutorial. I love little twisters!!

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  62. Hi Connie,

    I love the quilt & the tutorial. Thanks for the PDF version too. I like to save tutes in a file in case I want to print them quick and this helps a lot.

    Good job!

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  63. Thank you Connie,
    I love this heart, so nice of you to show how to sew it.
    Liebe Grüsse
    Bente

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  64. I love this Valentine pattern and love the way it was quilted. Have to make one. Now do you have a tutorial for a st Patrick's shamrock? Thanks

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  65. Connie, I think your valentines heart is really lovely and enjoyed seeing your process. I would never have guessed how you made it... it's great. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  66. I saw much tutorial Twister, but every time I look so as at first time)))...it is just admiration !

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  67. Very beautiful quilt! I adore Twister! And everytime I look at it how first time...I will glad to see you in my blog:
    nataliaturchaninova.blogspot.com Welcome! )))))))))

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  68. Wow, this is fantastic. I love the colors!!! The quilting is gorgeous and I love the twisted detail.

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