February 2019 Block of the Month: “Be Mine” Heart Block

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February 2019 Block of the Month: “Be Mine” Heart Block

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2019 Block of the Month—February: “Be Mine” Heart

In January, Team Nancy Zieman introduced the first of 12 blocks in the  Summer Picnic 2019 FREE! Block of the Month Series. You’ll find the FREE! January “Nancy’s Spool” Block Tutorial in the January 19th NZP Blog Posting. Join the Summer Picnic 2019 Block of the Month Series, anytime, by viewing the supply listing in the January 5th NZP Blog Posting


Each month, we’re featuring one block design. The blocks are created using Nancy Zieman’s Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack* from Riley Blake Designs (*18″ x 22″ fabric rectangles) plus background, sashing, border, and binding fabrics. Follow along as we demonstrate how to create February’s block, “Be Mine” Heart Block (below).

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Keep your fabric choices sorted using this handy Fabric Planner diagram. Download the planner HERE. Make notes or pin swatches to remind you of the fabric placements.

2019 Block of the Month Afternoon Picnic February PDF

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Choose the Fabrics


For the  Summer Picnic 2019 FREE! Block of the Month Series, “Be Mine” Heart February Quilt Block, select the following fabrics from your Nancy Zieman’s  Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from Riley Blake Designs and a Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangle Gauge by Clover.

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Afternoon Picnic Red Rose, Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal

“Be Mine” Heart Block

Instructions: (Each block is a 12″ finished square. Finished quilt measures approximately 44-1/2″ x 57-1/2″)

1. Create the “Be Mine” Heart Block with easy 1/2-square triangles, Flying Geese, and a rectangle!

Cut Fabric for Block

  • Cut one 5″ square Afternoon Picnic Red Rose and two 4-1/4″ squares of Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal

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  • Cut one  3-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ rectangle of Afternoon Picnic Red Rose

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  • Cut one 6-7/8″ square of Afternoon Picnic Red Rose
  • Cut one 6-7/8″ square of Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal

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Construct The Units

All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

The step-by-step photos illustrate construction of the block.

Half Square Triangles (HSTs)

  • Make one 6-7/8″ block set of Afternoon Picnic Red Rose and Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal.
  • Create two 1/2-square triangle blocks of Afternoon Picnic Red Rose and Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal.

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  • Mark each block set diagonally from corner to corner, using a fabric marking pen and ruler.
  • For greatest accuracy, use a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge. The left side of the gauge is designed to create the 3-1/2″ HST blocks.
  • Depress the button on the sliding portion of the gauge and move to the 6-1/2″ HST icon on the left side of the gauge for the 6-7/8″ square.
  • Place gauge on the block set, corner to corner. Match corner marks of gauge with corner of block sets. Mark fabric through center of gauge with a fine-point, fabric-marking pen.
Note From Team Nancy Zieman The advantage of using the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge is accuracy. It’s easy to double check that the block set fits within the confines of the gauge. If the block set extends beyond or is shorter, trim or cut another block.

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Stitch Half-Square Triangle Block

  • Attach a 1/4″ Patchwork/Quilting Foot to your machine.
  • Set machine for a straight stitch, 2.0–2.5 mm in length.
  • Align foot along one side of the center marked line; stitch a scant 1/4″ from center marked line. Do not cut the threads.
  • Rotate block 180-degrees.
  • Align foot along second side of center marked line; stitch.
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  • With a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, cut the blocks apart along centerline markings.

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  • Press seam allowances toward the darker fabric.

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Flying Geese Unit

  • Use one 5″ square Afternoon Picnic Red Rose and two 4-1/4″ squares of Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal to create this unit.
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  • Cut each of the three squares in half on the diagonal.
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  • Place one straight edge of red fabric triangle over diagonal center of one cream fabric triangle. Be sure to center the red fabric triangle edge within the cream triangle’s diagonal center.

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Note From Team Nancy     Notice that triangles will extend past the cut edge about 1/4″ on each end.
  • Stitch using scant 1/4″ seam allowance.
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  • Open and press seam allowances toward the triangle.
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  • Repeat these steps by placing remaining straight edge of red fabric triangle over diagonal center of cream fabric triangle. Be sure to center the red fabric triangle edge within the cream triangle’s diagonal center.

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  • Open and press seam allowance toward the triangle.
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  • Trim any small triangles, often called “Dog Ears,” using a pair of scissors or your rotary cutting tools.
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  • Make a total of two flying geese units.
  • Each of these block segments should measure 3-1/4″ x 6-1/2″, once trimmed.

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Construct The Blocks

Arrange the Blocks

  • Arrange Block A as shown:

2. Lay out the “Be Mine” Heart Block as follows, rotating block segments as necessary.

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3. Join squares to form a block.

  • Place the flying geese units, right sides together to make the top row.
  • Stitch together at center.

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  • Press seams open, or press seams to alternate sides.
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  • Stitch bottom row together.
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  • Press seams open, or press seams to alternate sides.

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  • Arrange rows as shown below. NOTE: All rows must be the same width, approximately 12-1/2″.

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Note From Team Nancy  In the above photo, you’ll see our top row is wider than our middle and bottom rows. No worries! Simply refold the top row/flying geese unit at center, and restitch with a slightly deeper seam allowance.

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  • Place middle row right sides together with bottom row, stitch together.

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  • Press seam to one side.

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  • Place top row right sides together with middle row, stitch together.

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  • Press seam to one side.

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Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Lorna
    February 16, 2019

    Love this simple heart!

  • Nancy B
    February 16, 2019

    I love Nancy’s blocks and quilts,

  • DeeDee Isaacs
    February 16, 2019

    So nice to see Nancy’s legacy carried on through her team ! Lovely RB fabric bundle.

  • Nancy
    February 16, 2019

    Lovely fabrics.. just like a picnic. . thanks

  • Louise Wagner
    February 16, 2019

    What a lovely pattern, would be ideal for a sweet baby quilt!

  • joan beeferman
    February 16, 2019

    Can Spring be far behind!

  • Patricia Lenhart
    February 16, 2019

    I think I can do this!

  • Mary
    February 16, 2019


  • Deb Brasel
    February 16, 2019

    Such beautiful fabric!

  • Ann West
    February 16, 2019

    The beautiful fabrics make a wonderful heart.

  • Vivian Oaks
    February 16, 2019

    Thanks so much for continuing Nancy’s Block of the Month!! Can’t wait for next month! Blessings to you all!!! 🙂

  • Nina Cramer
    February 16, 2019

    Great spring collection

  • Christine M
    February 16, 2019

    Love this method of making heart blocks. I can’t wait to try it.

  • Rosie
    February 16, 2019

    I love the colors in the afternoon picnic collection. It would be fun to create a project with these beautiful fabrics.

  • Karen
    February 16, 2019

    The fabrics make me happy and think of spring, which is needed with this bitter and snowy winter we are having this year.

  • DebbieW
    February 16, 2019

    Take mealtime outside on a bright tablecloth made with these beautiful fabrics.

  • Sharon
    February 16, 2019

    Would be fun to win the pretty fabric.

  • Margaret Crowder
    February 16, 2019

    Beautiful fabric! Looking forward to making this BOM!

  • Gretchen
    February 16, 2019

    Love the pattern and instructions but I might try this as a Paper Pieced block … just for fun!

  • CathyH
    February 16, 2019

    I am enjoying the block of the month patterns…love the fabric.

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    February 16, 2019

    Thank you for the heart pattern as I have an album with a collection of heart quilt patterns since they are a fav for me.

  • Linda
    February 16, 2019

    What fun fresh fabrics for a summer quilt!

  • Rebecca M
    February 16, 2019

    As we’ve come to expect from Team Zieman, great instructions for the blocks with close-up pictures of the steps! Just what I need for the confidence to make the blocks. Thank you so much!

  • Bridget
    February 16, 2019

    I absolutely love the heart block. Looking at it at first, I thought it would be hard to construct. Now I’m thinking of making a whole quilt out of that one square!

  • Valerie Thompson
    February 16, 2019

    This block is perfect for the month of Love. It looks beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win.

  • Helen Glover
    February 16, 2019

    This is a great all-time favorite block to have in my collection. Love the red in this fabric bundle. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Marylou
    February 16, 2019

    Just love the heart block and the fabric is so gorgeous too!!

  • Ennis A Weeks
    February 16, 2019

    Love this fabric set!!! So comfy!! Can’t wait to get started on quilt.

  • MoeWest
    February 16, 2019

    This heart block could be used for any Valentines project. Thanks for the block and a chance to win some lovely Afternoon Picnic fabric.

  • Shirley Clark
    February 16, 2019

    I love this pattern, and thanks for a great tutorial.

  • Candice C.
    February 16, 2019

    I love the clear and precise instructions. Being a newbie to quilting, they’re greatly appreciated. And the fabric is wonderful! Thanks team NZ for keeping her legacy alive.

  • Pat
    February 16, 2019

    What a wonderful block for February. The fabric are beautiful and the tutorial is very clear. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Ann Benton
    February 16, 2019

    I love the fabric and it is so appropriate for Valentine. The pattern is simple and well illustrated in the tutorial. I would love to add this fabric to my collection!

  • Mary Brock
    February 16, 2019

    What fun fabric!

  • Susan L.
    February 16, 2019

    Love this block! I need to work on some of these for next Valentine’s Day gifts!

  • Jan H.
    February 16, 2019

    Fun fabric that is perfect for a summer quilt. The blocks look easy enough for my little girls sewing group!

  • Michelle
    February 16, 2019

    I have never done a BOM before and I am doing this now as a new quilter. I’d love to have the fabric so mine will look like Nancy’s example!

  • Helen Bradford
    February 16, 2019

    Love the look of the fabric, can’t wait for the next block.

  • Shirley C
    February 16, 2019

    You have made this heart block so easy. I love the picnic fabrics and would love to join your quilt along.

  • Sunni
    February 16, 2019

    Wonderful pictorial instructions and I like the handy fabric planner diagram. Thanks!

  • Janet johnson
    February 16, 2019

    I love this heart. So simple. And these fabrics are wonderful. I would love to be able to do the BOMs with Nancy’s fabric choice.

  • Joyce Schroeder
    February 16, 2019

    Triangles are always tricky for new & experienced quilters alike. I find that it helps to have multiple methods for successful and accurate piecing in my toolbox, and this book looks like a great tool to have on hand.

  • Julie Kopp
    February 16, 2019

    So far I’ve started two quilts using this BOM pattern…one to keep, one to give to charity.

  • Teri c
    February 16, 2019

    What a lovely block for this month! I’m looking forward to the next one. Thank you.

  • Karen A
    February 16, 2019

    I love the fabric being used. It is sweet and cheerful. So far, the blocks have been easy to construct. If that continues I might actually complete this quilt in a timely manner.

  • Linda M
    February 16, 2019

    A heart is the perfect block choice for February. I love the bright, fresh colors of the fabrics in this fat quarter pack.

  • Karen
    February 16, 2019

    I would like to make this quilt , but was able to get the fabric.Would be great to win it. I am saving the instructions and may make later with other fabric.

  • Regina Harris
    February 16, 2019

    Great instructions and information for making block.

  • Edna Marks
    February 16, 2019

    I love doing these blocks of month patterns

  • Clovis
    February 16, 2019

    Nice block of a heart.

  • Bonnye
    February 16, 2019

    I love the fabric. Hearts are my favorite on quilts.

  • Martha
    February 16, 2019

    Such clear directions made it so much easier!

  • Hannah W
    February 16, 2019

    Beautiful fabric and a charming heart block.

  • Linda
    February 16, 2019

    What a great block for February! I like the clear and detailed instructions. I think this is going to be a beautiful quilt.

  • Linda H
    February 16, 2019

    Love the heart block. The fabrics are very lovely. Very bright and cheery.

  • Christi
    February 17, 2019

    I love the heart block. This would be a great album cover.

  • terryb
    February 17, 2019

    The fabrics are charming.

  • Krist
    February 17, 2019

    Such a fun fabric! It’s a throwback to simpler days!!

  • Susan Spiers
    February 17, 2019

    Wonderful colors! Who wouldn’t want to make a heart any time, lovely! Thank you!

  • Lorraine Alves
    February 17, 2019

    It’s amazing what can be made with triangles and quadrilaterals of fabric. The pattern is lovely.

  • Carole Conard
    February 17, 2019

    This fabric is so pretty, so spring like. I look forward to the full collection of NANCY’S BLOCKS.
    Thank you

  • Mary Snyder
    February 17, 2019

    Love the fabrics, hoping to do this block tonight.

  • Barb K
    February 17, 2019

    Such pretty fabric–would be awesome to win!
    Thanks for the chance.

  • Jean Palionis
    February 17, 2019

    This block will find a place in more than one quilt for me. Thank you!

  • Mary Hancock
    February 17, 2019

    Love this quilt square. Have been looking to find something as a gift for my sisters for each of their upcoming birthdays and think this will be my challenge. Enjoyed watching Nancy’s show for many years and am glad to find that her tradition is continuing. Thank you.

  • Mary Schultz
    February 18, 2019

    This is so much easier than the last heart block I tried, thank you for the wonderful instructions.

  • Anita P.
    February 18, 2019

    Love the fabric. Makes me think of bedding on the clothes line in a spring breeze. So refreshing…

  • Barbara Anderson
    February 19, 2019

    This is the happiest collection of fabric! It would be wonderful to create these block using such beautiful fabric. A girl can dream…..

  • Victoria Delman
    February 19, 2019

    I am busy sewing this adorable heart! And more to sew for fun! Great instructions , as usual!

  • Bonnie
    February 19, 2019

    What a wonderful heart block! It can be used in so many different quilting projects. Love the fabric and the detailed step-by-step tutorial.

  • Kathy Luehrs
    February 20, 2019

    love this block – thanks

  • Susan
    February 21, 2019

    This heart block is so adorable and the selected fabric is so sweet. Would certainly warm anyone’s heart to receive a lap quilt or wall hanging of this design in the charming fabric.

  • Gail
    February 21, 2019

    Beautiful fabric and fun blocks. Thank you

  • Cynthia
    February 23, 2019

    lovely simple block. The fabrics are perfect for the block.

  • Vicki M
    February 24, 2019

    I love this selection of fabrics. What a wonderful actual picnic quilt this would make!

  • Janice Vasile
    February 24, 2019

    I LOVE the idea of a BOM and especially done in the fat quarter colors.

  • Cheryl M
    February 26, 2019

    Love the floral prints in this line. I’m looking forward to see the final layout.

  • Suzanne Hanlon
    May 1, 2019

    Just love it, thank you!

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