Today I have a quick Ombre Heart quilt block tutorial for you! It’s a great stash buster and I love the color gradations in this heart block.
The ombre heart quilt block finishes at 6″ square. I added 1 1/2″ (unfinished) borders to the block which makes it 8″ finished.
Here’s what you need to cut for one block (without borders):
- Background: (4) 1 1/2″ squares and (2) 3 1/2″ squares
- Darkest fabric: (2) 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles
- (5) 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles in light to dark color gradations
Quilt block assembly
- Sew together the 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles in order of light to dark. Press towards the dark.
- Draw a diagonal line on each background 1 1/2″ square. Place one on each end of the dark 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles. Stitch on the diagonal line, trim and press.
3. Draw a diagonal line on each background 3 1/2″ square. Place on the bottom corner of the strip set created in Step 1 and stitch on the diagonal line. Trim and press. Repeat for other corner.
4. Sew the two dark 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ units (from step 2) together along the short ends to create the top of the heart.
5. Sew the top and bottom of the heart together and press towards the bottom. The heart should measure 6 1/2″ square.
6. Optional: Sew (2) 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles to each side of the heart. Sew (2) 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles to the remaining sides.
Use your imagination to create all kinds of projects with this ombre heart. I can imagine a rainbow of different ombre hearts in one quilt.
The project that started it all for me was this little wall hanging (still unquilted). I used a neutral color scheme with a red accent. The alternating square-in-a-square blocks created a space for some embroidery. The quilt measures 18 1/2″ square.
I hope you have fun with this tutorial. I would love to see what you make! If you’re on Instagram, use the hashtag #ombrehearts and/or #ombrequilt, and tag me @thecraftyquilter.
Have a heart-filled day of sewing!