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Making a Valentine’s Day four heart table topper

by Jean Boyd

Welcome back to QUILTsocial! This week I’ll be using some unique features and attachments on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to create some easy Valentine’s Day projects.

Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine

Today’s quilt uses a pieced heart design. I used scrap fabrics for my quilt, but you could use fat quarters or jelly roll strips for the pieced hearts.

Four Heart table topper or wall quilt

cutting instructions

Hearts (red)
16 – 2½” x about 16″ strips in a variety of colors
1 – 2″ square to use in the sashing

Background (light color)
16 – 2½” squares
8 – 2½” x 4½” rectangles
4 – 2″ x 10½” rectangles for sashing
2 – 2″ x 25″ rectangles and 2 – 2″ x 22″ rectangles for inner border

Outer border
From red fabric cut 4″ strips in varying sizes from 10″ – 12″ in length. You’ll need about 12 – 4″ strips altogether.

sewing instructions

This is a good time to use the ¼” foot with guide that comes with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050. If you like to pin your strips together before sewing, you may find the ¼” foot without the guide works better.

¼” foot with guide on the left and ¼” foot without guide on the right

  • Sew 5 – 2½” heart fabric strips together to make a strip set. Make another strip set like this, arranging the fabrics in a different order.
  • Sew 3 – 2½” heart fabric strips together to make a strip set. Make another strip set like this, arranging the fabrics in a different order.
  • Press seams in one direction.
  • Cut the strip sets into 2½” segments. You’ll need a total of 12 – 2½” segments with 5 squares in each and 8 – 2½” segments with 3 squares in each.

Cut strip set into 2½” segments.

  • Sew a 2½” square from corner to corner to the top of one of the five-square strips to make a half square triangle.
  • This is a good time to use the laser light feature on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050. Just press the laser light button on the screen and the red guideline appears.

Press laser light button for stitching guideline when sewing half square triangles.

  • Line up the red laser line so it goes from corner to corner on the 2½” square.
  • Start stitching on the red line. Remember to watch the laser line and not the needle while stitching.
  • It’s also helpful to use the SA186 open toe foot for accurate stitching.

Line up laser line from corner to corner on the square to provide a stitching guide.

  • Trim excess background fabric from the square if desired.
  • Press the triangle back over the strip.

Press triangle back over strip.

  • Make 4 strips that look like this.

Make 4 strip-set segments like this.

  • Make 4 strips that look like this:

Make 4 strip-set segments like this.

  • Sew 2 – 2½” background squares to 4 of the three-square strips to make half-square triangle corners the same as I did with the 5-square strips.
  • Sew a 2½” background strip to one end of all three-square strips.

Sew 2 – 2½” squares to 4 of the 3-square strips.Then sew a 2½” x 4½” strip to one end of all 3-square strips. Make 4 segments like this.

Make 4 segments like this by sewing a 2½” x 4½” strip to one end of the 3-square strips.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see how to put all the pieces together on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to complete the Four Heart Valentine project!

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: This ¼” piecing foot makes easy work of piecing the Valentine table topper

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