Random Hearts- quilt block tutorial

Back in January, I envisioned a quilt that took the scrappiness of Rachel Hauser’s beautiful Dear Dottie quilt and married that with Valentine’s Day and my love for Amy Butler. It was her Belle collection, after all, that drew me into the world of quilting.

I dove into my Amy Butler stash. I decided on a controlled scrappy look, so I pulled the entire Splendor and Night Music collections, then added a few Cameo prints for fun (because Cameo is my favorite).

Voila! Finished a day before Valentine’s Day (well, the quilt top, anyway).

I’m calling it Random Hearts, because of the (somewhat) random placement of the units making up the heart blocks.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make the 8.5″ unfinished (8″ finished) block.

*6/5/20: tutorial edited to correct errata in the initial cutting instructions. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Main prints- 5″ square from two different prints, 4.5″ square from to different prints
Background fabric- (2) 1 7/8″ squares, (2) 5″ squares
pencil, scissors/rotary cutter, quilting ruler

Each heart block consists of 2 half-snowball blocks (top units) and 2 hsts (bottom units).


  1. Pair the 5″ main prints with the 5″ background squares (these will be the HST bottom units of the heart). Pair the two 4.5″ main prints with two small background squares (these will be the the half- snowball top units).

2. Bottom units- to make HSTs: with right sides facing, place background squares on top of the main prints and draw a straight line from corner to corner (see below).

Top units- to make half-snowballs: with right sides facing, place background squares over the top corners of the main prints and draw a line from inner top corner to outer bottom corner (see below).

3. To make the hsts, sew a 1/4″ seam on each side of the diagonal line drawn in step 2.

4. To make the half-snowballs, sew directly on the diagonal lines drawn in step 2.

5. Press all blocks. Make hsts by lining up your ruler from corner to corner and cutting on the drawn line. Press open and trim each HST block to 4.5″ (note: there will be 2 extra HSTs).

6. Make half-snowballs by cutting 1/4″ away from the line you sewed in step 4. Press open and trim each block to 4.5″.

7. Lay out the blocks into a heart, as below.

8. With right sides together, pin and sew the top units together. Repeat with the bottom units.

9. Press blocks open. Trim each block to 4.5″ x 8.5″

10. With right sides facing, pin and sew top half to bottom half. Press block open. Trim to 8.5″ square.

11. Step back and enjoy your work!

*As I stated on my IG post: I’ve been asked for a pattern or tutorial by a handful of people since posting my quilt top on instagram. I’ve been putting off writing up a tutorial, mainly from sheer laziness. However, with things the way they are right now in the world (and especially the current events in my own country), I felt it was a good time to share this tutorial. As a reminder to be kind and spread love, not hate.

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