Happy (early) Valentine’s Day! + I Heart You quilt block

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!! It’s me, Jayme, aka “Finding Sweet Land” in the quilting community, back on Sewciety, the Shannon Fabrics blog! I wanted to share this little Cuddle® project that I made the other day. If you are an avid Instagram user like I am, okay, maybe a little more obsessive than avid, then you have probably seen this quilt pattern around already. It’s called the “I Heart You Quilt" pattern from Then Came June and Pen + Paper Patterns.

Tips for an I Heart You Cuddle Quilt block - because we love you

I bought the I Heart You Quilt pattern from Then Came June @thencamejune and Pen + Paper Patterns @penandpaperpatterns. It was just in time to sew up a block for Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle (follow @annkelle and keep an eye out for her super cute mini quilt). I even had enough of the Robert Kaufman Kona® Solids left over to make a little block for myself! I used it on the front of this pillow!

I Heart You Quilt Block in Cuddle with Oscar

This time I used Cuddle® 3 from the Kozy Cuddle® Solids Collection, in Hot Pink and Fuchsia for the center.

I Heart You Quilt Block in Cuddle - adorable for Valentine's Day

Here are some tips for using Cuddle® in the center of one of these blocks…

TIP #1: Make sure that you cut your center rectangles with the nap going from top to bottom. I used my adorable matching Olfa® Splash Rotary cutter in pink!

Shannon Fabrics Cuddle 3 Fuchsia and Hot Pink - a perfect match for Olfa Splash rotary cutter and mat

I Heart You Quilt Block in Cuddle showing nap - so much cuteness

The last thing you want is your nap is going in completely opposite directions! My nap runs from the top of the heart to the bottom for both of my center pieces.

TIP #2: Cut the corner squares 1/8” larger than what the pattern calls for.

I Heart You Quilt Block in Cuddle tips and tricks for an adorable block

TIP#3: Instead of sewing directly on the diagonal line that you draw on your corner squares, sew just to the outside of the line.I Heart You Quilt Block in Cuddle showing stitch

Because the Cuddle® is thicker than quilting cotton, following these two tips will help eliminate bulk and keep the white corners from being too short when you press them over.

Speaking of pressing…

TIP #4: When pressing the corners out, use a pressing sheet.

Since the Cuddle® is a polyester fabric and your iron will be set to a warm/hot to set the cotton seams, the pressing sheet will help absorb the heat from going all the way through to the Cuddle® while still providing enough heat to the seams to set them. I recommend using the Clover Dry Heat Pro Finish Pressing Sheets.

TIP #5: Use a walking foot!

You can still use a ¼” seam for sewing this block, but using a walking foot will help keep the Cuddle® from shifting on such a narrow seam.

I want to add that I used ODIF 505 Temporary Adhesive Basting Spray for added measure when I basted it. Since it was such a small area to quilt I didn’t have to baste much but using 505 makes sure that those edges and corners stay put with I’m quilting. I also used Superior Threads® Magnifico 40wt polyester thread for quilting. That thread is like butter in my machine! When it was ready to fill I used my go to Poly-Fil® polyester filling from Fairfield World.

Tips for an I Heart You Cuddle Quilt block - because we love you

That’s it! It’s super simple to incorporate Cuddle® in to your regular cotton pieced quilts. Just a little more time to accommodate the different substrate and incredibly worth the little extra effort!

I Heart You Quilt Block in Cuddle with Oscar on bed - dogs love Cuddle

My dog Oscar loves his pillow!

I Heart You Quilt Block in Cuddle with Oscar on bed - he loves his new pillow

Be sure to check out my post here for info on quilting with Cuddle and on mixing cotton with Cuddle. And, Shannon Fabrics has gathered tried and true tips and tricks for you to keep at your fingertips, such as Quilting with Cuddle and Combining Cuddle and Cotton®.


If you use Cuddle® in the middle of your “I Heart You Quilt" pattern blocks, use the hashtag #iheartcuddle so we can “heart” your photo on Instagram! Let me know how it goes for you! Follow me at @findingsweetland on Instagram.

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Hugs from Idaho,


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Written by Ellen Mickelson
Ellen Mickelson is the Marketing Manager at Shannon Fabrics. She loves sewing, quilting and knitting, as well as plants, flowers and gardening. Ellen is a cat lover, and a super proud parent who likes being in nature, taking walks outside around the MN lakes, working out and yoga. She's also a beginning Salsa dancer.