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Key to my Heart - Paper Piecing & Applique Pattern

Key to my Heart - Paper Piecing & Applique Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • applique (zig zag or satin stitch will work)
  • basic paper piecing skills

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 9"x9" suggested background block
  • heart measures approximately 8" wide by 7" tall


  • fabric scraps
  • square of background fabric (9"x9" or larger)
  • sewing machine
  • iron and ironing surface
  • rotary cutter and mat or sharp scissors
  • ruler (including 1/4" measurement)
  • printer (or other) paper on which to print the pattern

You Will Also Need:

  • Shorten stitch length to 1.2


Key to my Heart is a pattern that combines foundation paper piecing and applique to help you create a perfect log cabin-style heart on a 9"x9" block (or a background block of your choice. The heart measures approximately 8" wide by 7" tall). The log cabin pattern is paper pieced for quick, "perfect" stitching, and then the heart shape is cut out and appliqued onto the background of your choice. The heart is shown on the paper piecing template so that your block is perfectly centered and ready to go.

The center square is perfect for fussy cutting! Find key fabric to share the key to your heart. Or, be creative! Do you love cats? Fussy cut a cat for the center. Love tea? Fussy cut a teapot for the center. Whatever you or the gift recipient loves can be fussy cut for the center of this heart.

This block would be perfect for a variety of Valentine's Day gifts, or even just to show your love any day of the year. You could use this block as a mug rug, mini wall hanging, tea cozy, table runner, or even add it to a larger quilt.

Since this pattern combines foundation paper piecing and applique, I created a tutorial with step-by-step photographs on my blog at

This pattern does not contain basic paper piecing instructions, but you can find a tutorial with instructions on my blog at

Print out the paper piecing template, hop over to my blog, and get started! I would love to see if you create this block. Photos of your finished block can be posted in my Night Quilter Creations group on Flickr found at: The first three (3) people to buy, complete, and upload a photo of a completed block to the Flickr group or my Craftsy page will receive a full refund OR choice of another pattern from my shop. How about that for sharing the love!?

Want to share the love some more? Instagram your blocks and tag me @nightquilter.

You will get a PDF (12MB) file

$ 4.50

$ 4.50

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