Wildflower Block | Heartland Heritage Virtual Quilt Along

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It’s time to start kick off the Heartland Heritage virtual quilt along with the Wildflower block.

It's time to explore your scraps in a brand new way! Join us for the Heartland Heritage Virtual Quilt Along.

This block is all about half-square triangles and creating perfect points. To help get you started on the right foot, I’m sharing a few of my favorite tips and a few block examples for color inspiration.

Color inspiration for the Wildflower quilt block from Heartland Heritage. Learn helpful tips to stitch this block like a pro.

When using a low-volume print for the background, the sky’s the limit when it comes to color combinations. That means that pretty much anything goes. So go ahead and reach for your favorite colors, I just suggest that you keep the basic principles of the color wheel in mind. This will help keep you on track and make your blocks pop with style!

It is also important to keep color values top of mind. Meaning, if you are working with dirty or grunge colors to not mix them with pastels. This will help give your quilt blocks a cohesive outlook.

Fabric picks

From my pile of scrappy sunshine, I selected 4 amazing fabrics. I just love the way the colors bounce off each other. Now normally I would let my OCD take over and figure out what direction the text background fabric needed to be cut & placed in but I decided to just go with it. This will be a complete challenge for me and I truly hope I can work through it. (no judging!)

Heartland Heritage Wildflower Block

Now, it’s time to get this special block started. For those of you who are just joining the Heartland Heritage virtual quilt along now, be sure to click here for the faqs and pattern information.

Destiny II Laser Beam

As I mentioned, the block consists of a few different units including half square triangles. With the help of my Baby Lock Destiny II, I was able to skip drawing a line from corner to corner. Instead, I engaged the guide beam feature and put the pedal to the floor. Stitching units together with chain piecing.

Cutting half square triangles- Heartland Heritage

Now, I must confess… I love the look of half-square triangles but dread trimming them. Luckily, I have a tip that makes the process so much better! Allow me to introduce you to the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers. Now, while this tool is not needed to complete the Wildflower block, it will certainly make it easier to stitch together and perfect those points.

Seriously, trimming each HST was a breeze with this RULER… Check out my quick video and see what I mean! The ruler can be purchased at your local quilt shop or here online.

Wildflower block | Heartland Heritage

Wildflower Block from Heartland Heritage

Once you have all your units stitched, trimmed, and pressed it’s time for assembly. The block comes together very fast! You will need to complete 3 Wildflower quilt blocks to complete the Heartland Heritage quilt top.

Slice through the cutting time of half square triangles with this easy tip used to create the Wildflower Block from Heartland Heritage.

Now, don’t forget, I want to see your finished blocks. Please be sure to share a snapshot or two in my scrap happy community or on social media with the hashtag #TheSewingLoft. This way,  I can see and celebrate your latest sewing success!

ps- don’t have the pattern yet and want to join the fun?  You can order Heartland Heritage here. 

 


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Comments

  1. I just loved “From my pile of sunshine” 😉

  2. Danita Courtney says

    Hi Heather!
    I love the chain sewing. Can do that! Love the slotted ruler! WILL get that! One question. I have been hemming and hawing about is my background fabric. I wanted to see what you were using. The black and white seems lovely, but very busy for me. I am using scraps to make the block. But I am not sure if I should grab me some plain ole white to make this just a bit easier. This is my FIRST project ever. What do you suggest?

    • Thanks for your note Danita! I made my first Heartland Heritage with mostly white on white background. You might want to consider a polka dot or something small like that. Either way, I can’t wait to see your blocks come together!

      ~Heather

  3. What fabric is the background you used in this block. I love those “word” type backgrounds!

    • Thanks so much Lenora. I love text prints too!
      The background is Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander – printed by Robert Kaufman. It’s a few years old so, I’m not sure how much is out there. I would try Etsy.
      ~Heather

  4. I love this fabric. Where can I find it?

    • Thanks so much Lanette. I’m kinda smitten with it too!
      The background is Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander – printed by Robert Kaufman and the colors are from Ailson Glass printed by Andover Fabrics.
      Hope that helps!
      ~Heather

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