Mod Hearts Free Pattern and GiveAway

I’m happy to announce the release of Mod Hearts, a FREE modern quilt pattern and a Fabric GiveAway!

I’ve always enjoyed seeing pieced heart blocks in so many quilts–it’s a traditional motif that quilters love.

Click this link to download the PDF: Mod Hearts Free Pattern Complete

I decided that I wanted to take a more modern approach to this appealing motif.  Using Electric Quilt 8 software, I fractured the heart into sections and made it more angular instead of rounded.

Red block in EQ8

I also wanted to use improvisational techniques in how I chose my fabrics and placed each patch of the hearts. As I made each block, I shifted the patches.  Sometimes, they overlapped.  Sometimes, the patches we separated by negative space.  The EQ8 drawings were just suggestions, not an exact pattern that I planned to follow.

Red block final version in mini quilt

I also took an improvisational approach to the machine applique and the quilting.  I used a narrow zigzag stitch to applique the patches.  Then I used the same stitch to outline the heart itself.  The thread is variegated and sometimes it almost seems to blend into the fabric if you look at it from a distance.  Finally, I used a meander stitch with white thread in the negative space.

I explain all of my improvisational choices in the pattern–so it is sort of a mini quilt mini tutorial!

Templates and Coloring Sheets

this pattern, you have templates you can use to make this block using fusible on the fabric and using machine applique stitches to quilt the motifs.  Option—hand applique! If you prefer to hand applique the heart blocks, the templates include the seam allowance for needle turn applique. 

I also included blank coloring sheets so you can try out your ideas for these

Blank hearts for coloring


Get the Free Pattern Here.

Click this link to download the PDF: Mod Hearts Free Pattern Complete

Show Me Your Projects to Win Fabric!

And, if you make a project using this free modern pattern, I would love to see it. And, if you one of the first to contact me, you might win a fabric bundle.

How to win a fabric bundle:  Since not everyone has an Instagram account, there are TWO ways to win.

  1. The FIRST PERSON to tag me on Instagram showing their completed version.  WINNER IS Vagabondindigo   She did tag me @carole_lylesshaw
  2. The FIRST PERSON to email me their completed version. If you don’t have my email address, send a note through the Contact Me page.   STILL OPEN!!!



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16 Responses to Mod Hearts Free Pattern and GiveAway

  1. Kathy E. February 7, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

    I’m hoping to be the first one to comment…and hoping that counts for something! I’d love to make this Mod Hearts pattern as I always am drawn to modern and improv design. Perhaps this coming weekend, I’ll get to dig into this project!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw February 8, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

      Well Kathy, I agree! I’ll email you for your address and send you a litle somethin’ somethin’.

  2. Kathleen McCormick February 7, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

    I love this! You just couldn’t hold off on this once you got going! I am waiting for my ambassador inspiration box to arrive before hearts are showing up on my blog. The design is just terrific – both elegant and simple.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw February 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

      Yes, I wanted to get the pattern out since Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day are so close.

  3. Lisa February 8, 2018 at 8:49 am #

    This is fun! I am never the first person to do anything so I won’t be winning any fabric. But I do have to rustle up a valentines gift for a co worker. So this might be just the ticket. I love it.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw February 8, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

      Perfect!! I’d love to see a picture of what you make. And let me know how the pattern worked for you.

  4. Rochelle Summers February 8, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

    Thank you for the pattern. If I get a valentine made, I will make sure to send you a photo.

  5. Cheryll February 8, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

    Thank you very much for the pattern. I’m still in the learning process and I appreciate getting help and suggestions.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw February 9, 2018 at 11:21 am #

      Let me know how you make out! I’m making another version today and I’ll post it here and on Instagram.

  6. Roxanne February 16, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    I loved your newsletter but am now excited to receive your blog see you at the retreat in April .

  7. Beverly Watkins February 16, 2018 at 10:23 am #

    Thanks for the pattern. I love it. It is so modern!!

  8. Allison in Alabama February 16, 2018 at 10:40 am #

    Great pattern – thankd!

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