A “Love-ly” Blog Hop, FREE PATTERN, and Give-Away

Just Let Me Quilt
Thanks for stopping by to visit! Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has done a marvelous job organizing this Blog Hop. We want to add some hearts and love to your February. So…every pattern mentioned in my blog today has a “heart”.

My FREE block is “HEARTY PENGUIN”. This paper pieced block measures 8″ x 8″ unfinished. This block would make a great pillow, potholder, or could be used in a table runner.

My intention was to share a pattern that would not only be sweet for Valentine’s Day, but would last all through winter.
This is a very easy paper pieced block, and would work well for beginners. You may download this HEARTY-PENGUIN-MERGED.pdf (375 downloads) block here. Keep reading…my give-away is towards the end of this post.
Instead of giving you a finished project, I thought you might want to learn paper piecing basics. So…
Let’s do a tutorial on paper piecing right now. Here are the first few steps. If you want to see a post with the entire tutorial, visit “PAPER PIECING TUTORIAL #1: SEWING A SEGMENT” and “PAPER PIECING TUTORIAL #2: SEWING SEGMENTS TOGETHER”
Set the stitch length on your sewing machine to 1.5 (that’s about 20 stitches per inch).
Step 1 : Make 3 copies of the original pattern. (I use cheap copy paper.) Cut it into the 3 segments A, B and C, shown by the red lines. I like to add 1/4″ seam allowances between the segments. This is not a necessary step, but I find it a helpful reminder as I paper piece. If you prefer, you could just make 1 copy of the pattern and cut it apart on the red lines. Just make sure you are allowing plenty of fabric along the edges for the 1/4″ seam allowance as you paper piece. I will be paper piecing Segment C.
Step 2: Pin a scrap of fabric a bit larger than, directly behind, piece #1 . The right side of the fabric should be facing away from the back of the pattern. Another way of saying this is, place the wrong side of the fabric touching the wrong side of the pattern. Holding the pattern up to a light source makes this step easy.
This is what the pattern looks like from the back.
Now for the fun stuff…
I have more “heart” blocks available on Etsy and Craftsy.
This is my “SCALLOPED HEART BLOCK“. It measures 8″x 8” unfinished. I used it to make an adorable pillow. This is a challenging pattern with a lot of pieces.The SCALLOPED HEART PILLOW pattern will be given to 1 lucky winner. To enter for a chance to win this pattern, please leave a comment after this post. Be sure to include your email address 🙂 This give-away will end on Friday, February 9. The winner will be announced on Saturday.
Of course, in my usual fashion, I couldn’t stop designing blocks with hearts. “BE-MINE PUPPY BLOCK” is for the dog lovers. I am going to make a potholder from this block.
This is “PERKY PENGUIN BLOCK“. His face is shaped like a heart! This pattern does not include directions for constructing the pillow. It is a nice, easy block for beginners!
If you like these Valentine’s patterns, you might also like to check out my brand new St. Patrick’s designs.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please visit other blogs today for even more FREE patterns. And don’t forget to LEAVE A COMMENT.  Let me know which of my “heart” blocks you like the best.

55 thoughts on “A “Love-ly” Blog Hop, FREE PATTERN, and Give-Away

  1. Thank you for the cute penquin block! Loving all these hearts for Valentine’s – the Puppy block is the cutest, they would all make great pillows too! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love to paper piece so that penguin is calling my name…sweet! You really are amazing at your paper piecing designs and sharing how to put them together is great. I love that you actually sew your designs so we can see how they should look. You rock at this! Thank you for sharing your hearts and for playing along in the blog hop. :O)

  3. Oh, so clever – Love all your adorable patterns! Thanks for the penguin pattern, I’m going to go and make it right now! Love the puppy face – I’m giggling at the computer.

  4. Very cute blocks. So pretty. I like the puppy block the best. Thank you for sharing. Have a fun day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  5. Thank you for the sweet penguin pattern. I love to paper piece but have not done it in a while so your tutorial was a great refresher for me. I love all your patterns, but being a dog person, I like the “Be-Mine Puppy Block” best of all.

  6. So nice of you to share the steps to doing paper piecing. Thank you so much! I remember I did enjoy the challenge of creating this way. The scalloped heart is my favorite today. Thank you for sharing your projects.

  7. I used to cringe at paper piecing, and now I absolutely love it. Cute cute cute patterns you have done. Thanks for the Happy Penguin!

  8. You’ve got many sweet blocks! Your fabric choices are perfect too, for each one! My favorite is the Be Mine Puppy Block. I’ve got two overgrown puppies here that I love to the ends of the earth.

  9. I am new to paper-piecing and found your blog not too long ago. I appreciate your patterns (I have purchased a couple) and love your creativity! Thanks for the free penguin pattern!

  10. Oh my gosh your patterns are so adorable. You just killed me with the heart/penguin!! I adore your style and it’s impossible not to smile at your creations. Thank you for the cheery patterns and I will definitely be checking out your patterns.

  11. Thank you so much for the adorable penguin heart. Now I need to work on getting the puppy one. Thanks for being part of this hop.

  12. Thanks for the free pattern. The Scalloped Heart is my favorite. I just completed your Shamrock and leprechaun patterns. They were fun!!

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