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This little project is a fun way to try out the Magic Mirror-Image Trick. Make a batch of these hearts for a comfort quilt, or mat individual hearts for neat Valentine’s cards!

Click here for a heart motif in various sizes to use for this project.

For more free patterns and tutorials, be sure to visit the Cool Stuff page!
 fold to test the fabric Choose a fabric that is well-saturated with dye, so that the print is fairly visible on the reverse side. To test a print, fold back the edge until you reach the point where the print mirrors. See more about fabric selection in the Magic Mirror-Image Tips tutorial.
 stack and trim Cut two layers, each one half-width of fabric (approx. 21") by one repeat long. Stack and pin the layers, and trim one edge.
 cut a strip Cut a strip from the stack. This strip is 3" wide. Your strip width should be half the width of your heart motif, plus about 3/4".
 sew two layers together With the two layers still pinned together, sew a 1/4" seam on one edge. Note that the strips are not right sides together as in conventional piecing. The right side of one strip faces the wrong side of the other.
 press seam open Press the seam open.
 fuse heart to back

Trace your heart motif on paper-backed fusing web. Cut out the heart, leaving some margin around the outline. Fuse the heart to the back (seamed side) of the strip set, lining up the center of the heart with the seamline.

Cut the heart out on the outline. Fuse it to a square of background fabric.

 stitch around heart With a decorative thread on top, stitch the heart to the background square. A blanket stitch works well for this, or try satin stitching or another decorative stitch.
 press block on towel Place the heart block face down on a terry towel and press. This gives a nice raised finish to the applique.
 three hearts

Three finished hearts.

 

 

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