Nothing but Love Quilt Along - *BONUS* Cross My Heart
Updated: Jul 14, 2022
Hi quilting buddies! I decided to spread out the making of the border blocks so that you weren't overwhelmed trying to make 16 of them in one week. So now you will be able to make these units at your leisure and have them ready to put together into the actual border block during the last week of August.
The border of the Nothing but Love Quilt is a beautiful, pieced border made up of two units plus four corner patches. I designed it to look like stitching...the ties that bind, so to speak.
Since the schedule for the quilt along provides for some "in between" time, I thought why wait and make it all at the end? Let's keep the pace happy and stress-free. At the time of this posting there are 13 weeks until this block is due to be finished, so today I am giving you the pattern for half of the border block. Each border block has a "cross" or "kiss" patch and a "stitch" patch, plus some filler strips which will be detailed later.
The Block Pattern...
Originally in my red and cream quilt, I wanted to use as much of those fabrics as possible, so I made my border scrappy with 8 red prints and 8 cream and red prints.
For the Adel in Spring version I wanted a frame of sorts, so I chose a different color all together as the "main" border fabric. And then I am using the same background fabric from the quilt as the "accent" fabric It is visually a much simpler version and soothing to your eyes so they can focus on all the colors within the quilt. Just a few things to consider just in case you haven't already bought/decided on your border fabrics. And just in case you need this info:
Main border fabric = 1.25 yards & Accent border fabric = .75 yards
This unit is VERY repetitive and uses the stitch and flip method to put it together. You will have your PhD in this method by the end of this quilt!
**There are some differences to note on this pattern - This is only for one part of the actual border block, and since it is an incomplete block I am giving you the unfinished patch size for your little Cross unit.
To make these units for your quilt, click on the pattern link below, download, and print it (if desired):
If you have any questions or issues with downloading (or anything else) please ask here in the comments section or on the contact page.
Making the Cross My Heart Block - Tips and Tutorial
As you may have noticed, there are ALOT of pieces to make this patch. Luckily the process to make them into a cohesive unit is exactly the same, so chain-piecing is VERY helpful here.
We are making 16 Cross My Heart units, each unit uses 4 A squares and 8 B squares. So that is a total of 64 A squares and 128 B squares. If you are using the same fabric for all border blocks that means you need five 3" strips of your main border fabric (color) and seven 2" strips of your accent border fabric (background/print). Then sub-cut the strips into the squares needed.
Step 1 - Lay them out. I am emphasizing this again just in case you want to use a directional pattern (like these birds) so that you can mark your diagonal lines accordingly because maybe you want all of the birds to be upright.
Step 2 - Mark your diagonal lines with a marking utensil or pressed in with the iron.
(Here is another fun directional stripe that takes a little extra attention.)
Step 3 - Stitch the new corners (B squares) on to the A squares using chain piecing to your heart's content. **Chain piecing is sewing one block and then the next block without cutting your threads and without much space between blocks. It helps keep your fabrics from getting sucked into your feed dogs and conserves thread and time.
Then you will have THIS situation:
Step 4 - Then turn all your little pieces into four patch blocks by sewing "twosies" - two units together facing opposite directions. And then sew the "twosies" together into "foursies" that look like an X.
Finally take a break and cover yourself in kisses! LOL
Since you don't have to make all of these at once, I thought I would give a little endorsement to my favorite storage method - the sealable sandwich bag!
You can keep your pre-cut pieces in here and also your finished blocks so you won't lose anything AND you can track your progress as the pieces morph into blocks. Don't forget to label the bag, so you know what's in there!
Be a share bear...I know you're out there
I'd totally LOVE to see your blocks, hear your questions, and cheer you on so please share your progress here on the blog, on Instagram, or Facebook. Just put it in the comments or tag me with @polkadotpeepquiltsetc on your post and/or use the hashtags #nothingbutloveQAL and/or #crossmyheartblock on your posts as well.
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Here is the quilt along schedule (with links for you to catch up anytime):
Nothing but Love Schedule
December 20, 2021 - Quilt Along Intro & Details
Ring in the New Year with Nothing but Love (polkadotpeep.com)
January 10, 2022 – Get Ready: Prep the Fabrics & Batting
Let's Get Prepped for Nothing but Love (polkadotpeep.com)
January 17 – Affection
Nothing but Love Quilt Along - Affection (polkadotpeep.com)
January 31 – Refuge
Nothing but Love Quilt Along - Refuge (polkadotpeep.com)
February 14 – Joyful
Nothing but Love Quilt Along - Joyful (polkadotpeep.com)
February 28 – Adoration
Nothing but Love Quilt Along - Adoration (polkadotpeep.com)
March 14 – Devotion
Nothing but Love Quilt Along - Devotion (polkadotpeep.com)
March 28 – Inspiration
Nothing but Love Quilt Along - Inspiration (polkadotpeep.com)
April 11 – Besotted
Nothing but Love Quilt Along - Besotted (polkadotpeep.com)
April 25 – Admiration
Nothing but Love Quilt Along - Admiration (polkadotpeep.com)
May 9 – Infatuation
Nothing but Love Quilt Along - Infatuation (polkadotpeep.com)
May 23 – Faithful
Nothing but Love Quilt Along - Faithful (polkadotpeep.com)
May 27 - *BONUS* Cross My Heart
June 6 – Smitten
June 20 – Cherish
July 4 – Patience
July 8 - *BONUS* Stitched Together
July 18 – Comfort
August 1 – Grateful
August 15 –Hopeful
August 29 – Enamored
September 12 - Sashing It All Together & Finishing Details
**Each “between block” Monday there will be a post for quilting the blocks:
January 24, February 7 & 21, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, May 2 & 16 & 30, June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22, September 5