Woven Hearts: Free Pattern for a Classic Swedish Heart-Shaped Quilt

Snuggle up with someone you love this winter with a beautiful Swedish woven heart quilt. This free woven heart quilt block and quilt pattern is suitable for a beginning quilter. It would be beautifully draped over your sofa or would make a treasured gift for someone you love. The finished quilt measures approximately 57″ x 74″.

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Scandinavian sewing designs and projects are close to my heart because of my Swedish heritage. This year I had so much fun making Scandinavian star decorations that I decided to make a Swedish heart quilt for Valentine's Day. It's special to decorate my house with red and white decor.

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The heart quilt block woven into this quilt measures 12 inches square (when finished), so it would be easy to incorporate this block into any of your other quilts. You can also leave out the two 2 1/2″ strips in steps 3 and 4 (near the end) to create 10″ blocks.

My Swedish Woven Throw-Sized Heart Quilt Pattern consists of 18 woven heart quilt blocks secured on quilts. There are adjustment triangles on the edges.

How to Sew a Swedish Heart Quilt

Dimensions of finished quilt: Approximately 57” x 74”. Finished block size: 12″ x 12″.

You will need:

  • 3 1/4 yards of background fabric
  • 1 meter of red fabric
  • 1 meter of pink fabric
  • 1/2 yard binding fabric
  • 3 1/2 yards of backing fabric, or enough to assemble a 62″ x 79″ backing piece
  • a 62″ x 79″ piece of quilting batting
  • a rotary cutter, an acrylic ruler and a mat
  • sewing machine
  • thread (I suggest thread to match the background fabric)

Cut:

From the red fabric, cut out:

  • 5 strips 2 1/2” x 42”
  • 2 strips 2 1/2” x 11”
  • 1 strip 2 1/2” x 6”
  • 18 rectangles 4 1/2” x 6 1/2”

From the pink fabric, cut out:

  • 4 strips 2 1/2” x 42”
  • 1 strip 2 1/2” x 11”
  • 2 strips 2 1/2” x 6”
  • 18 rectangles 4 1/2” x 6 1/2”

From the background fabric, cut out:

  • 72 squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • 18 squares 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • 18 rectangles 2 1/2” x 10 1/2”
  • 18 rectangles 2 1/2” x 12 1/2”
  • 3 squares 18 1/8” x 18 1/8”
  • 2 squares 9 3/8” x 9 3/8”
  • 7 strips 3 1/2” x 42”

From the binding fabric, cut out:

  • 7 strips of 2 1/2″ x fabric width (40-42”) or desired width for binding quilts

Sewing Instructions:

Use a 1/4″ seam allowance, unless otherwise noted.

9 Patch Quilt Blocks Tutorial

Start by making strip games. Cut the strip sets and sew them together again into 9 patch blocks.

Assembling strips

1. Sew two 2 1/2″ x 42″ red strips with a 2 1/2″ x 42″ strip of pink fabric in the center. Repeat to create two sets of 6 1/2″ x 42″ strips.

Next, use two 2 1/2″ x 11″ red strips and one 2 1/2″ x 11″ pink strip to create a set of 6 1/2″ x 11″ strips.

Iron the seams towards the red fabrics.

2. Sew two 2 1/2″ x 42″ pink strips with a 2 1/2″ x 42″ red strip in the center.

Next, use two 2 1/2″ x 6″ pink strips and one 2 1/2″ x 6″ red strip to create a set of 6 1/2″ x 6″ strips.

Press the seams toward the red fabric.

3. Subcut the strip sets into pieces 2 1/2″ wide and 6 1/2″ high.

Cut:

  • 36 red/pink/red pieces
  • 18 pieces pink/red/pink

You will have some fabric left over.

4. Sew three pieces together to form a block of nine patches, as shown.

Create 18 blocks of nine patches.

Use the snowball method to create the top of the heart

1. Use the fabric pen to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all the 2 1/2 inch background fabric squares. It's a seam line.

2. Pin two 2 1/2″ squares of background fabric to the top corners of a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ red rectangle, right sides together, as shown.

Sew along the diagonally drawn lines. Cut the extra fabric 1/4″ beyond the seam.

Open the triangles of the background fabric and press. Make 18 pieces.

3. Repeat to create 18 pieces using 2 1/2″ background fabric squares and 18 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pink rectangles.

How to Sew the Swedish Heart Quilt Block

1. Sew a red patch to a 9 patch piece as shown. Iron the seam toward the red fabric. Make it 18.

2. Sew a 4 1/2″ square to a pink piece as shown. Iron the seam toward the pink piece. Make 18.

3. Sew the two parts of a heart block together as shown. Press. Make it 18.

4. Sew a 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle to the left side of each heart block. Press.

5. Sew a 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of each heart block. Press.

Assemble the Woven Swedish Heart Quilt Top

1. Cut the three 18 1/8″ background fabric squares in half diagonally to make 12 quarter triangle squares. Set aside 2 pieces for a future project. You will need 10 for the setting triangles.

2. Cut the two 9 3/8″ background fabric squares in half diagonally once to form 4 half squares. These will be the corner triangles.

1. Arrange the 18 blocks on a quilt-patterned wall or other large surface as shown above. Note that the blocks are at the top. Place the 10 large adjustment triangles along the sides and top and bottom of the quilt. Place the 4 small corner triangles at the corners.

2. Sew the blocks in 6 diagonal rows. Sew the corners to the ends of each row, if necessary.

3. Sew the diagonal rows together.

Sew the quilt border

1. Assemble the seven 3 1/2″ strips of background fabric to form the borders.

The expected length of the side edges is 68 3/8”. I highly recommend measuring the quilt top and cutting all borders to size. Learn how to cut quilt borders to size.

Cut two pieces of side trim to the correct length. Attach the side borders.

2. The expected length of the top and bottom borders is also 57 3/8″. Measure and cut 2 top and bottom border pieces. Attach the top and bottom border pieces

Finishing Your Swedish Woven Heart Quilt

1. Cut or assemble a piece of backing fabric measuring at least 62″ x 79″. Make a quilt sandwich with the backing, batting, and top.

2. Baste with pins or brush with spray.

3. Quilt as desired. Quilting in a straight line with your walking foot would be quick and easy. Cut the extra fabric and batting.

4. Cut 7 binding strips and bind using your preferred method. This is my favorite quilt binding method.

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