In my last post, I mentioned that I did not complete a single FAL goal that I set at the beginning of Q2. At that time I was quilting the last bit of the border of the Charlotte’s Baskets quilt. I knew I would not be able to finish it by 30 June but with the weekend, I just might get the whole quilt bound and washed.

Well I did it!!! Hoohoo. I finished quilting it, sew on the binding and even washed it this weekend! I am so proud of myself to finish one very important goal for Q2. This quilt has been in the WIP list for a year. I am so glad it is finally FINISHED and I can now gift it to my daughter. You can read about the beginnings of this quilt here. LOL. Better late than never.

After washing, this is how it looks, all crinkly

There are many tutorials on the Internet on how to construct a Storm at Sea quilt top. Below is a writeup on how I sew up my Hearts Intertwine (Storm at Sea) quilt top. I like to sew a slightly bigger unit and trim down to size as I am not very accurate in my cutting and piecing. That is why I like to use Deb Tucker’s rulers. If you click at the names of the rulers below, it will bring you directly to her youtube videos where she explains very clearly how to use her rulers. I am not affiliated to her, just a happy customer who enjoys using her rulers. The pic below shows the layout of the Hearts Intertwine quilt top.

Please read through the instructions below carefully once through before starting on the quilt top. I try my best to write accurate and clear instructions but please pardon me if there are inadvertent mistakes. I would appreciate it very much if you would let me know of any mistakes that you discovered in the instructions.

**Supplies**

- Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler
- Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler
- approximately 2 yards of dark blue fabric (I used a mixture of blues from my scrap bin)
- approximately 1 1/4 yards of light fabric (I used whites, off-whites, cream and light blues from my scrap bin)
- approximately 3/4 yards of red fabric (this is one solid red fabric)

#### Blocks/units to construct:

You need to construct the following:

**a) V block units**

Finish at 3 x 3 inches i.e. when sewn into the quilt top, they measure 3 x 3 inches. Before sewing into the quilt, they measure 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. I used Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to construct these units. I will not go into detail as to how to use her ruler to sew the V block as you can view her videos. To construct the Hearts Intertwine quilt, you will need

32 red V block units

41 blue V block units

**b) Square in square units**

Finish at 3 x 3 inches. I used Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler to construct these units. Please refer to her video on how to cut and construct these units with her ruler. You will need

9 blue square in square (you can obtain 2 triangles by cutting a 2 3/4 inches square once on the diagonal. So you will need two 2 3/4 inches square to get 4 triangles for each square in square)

4 square in square with 2 red triangles as shown below

1 square in square with 2 red triangles sewn diagonally as shown below

6 square in square with 1 red triangle sewn to the light colour centre square.

**c) Large Square in Square units**

For the larger Square in square units that finish at 6 x 6 inches (shown above), I had to use EQ7 to help me with the measurements to cut the centre dark blue square, the white triangles and blue triangles surrounding the square.

You will need

4 blue large square in square

4 large square in square with 3 red triangles and 1 blue triangle

4 large square in square with 3 blue triangles and 1 red triangle

**Cutting fabric:**

**V Block units**

1. From **light coloured fabric**, cut:

7 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

As specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler, to construct 3 x 3 inches V block, we need 4″ wide strips. From the strips of fabric, subcut to get the right and left wing triangles. Each strip of fabric, cut WOF (width of fabric) will yield about 11-12 right wing triangles and 11-12 left wing triangles. You will need **73 right wing triangles** and **73 left wing triangles**.

2. From **dark blue fabric **cut:

2 1/2 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

Subcut each strip of fabric as specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to yield the centre V triangle. Each strip of fabric, cut WOF, will yield about 18 – 20 centre V triangles. You will need **41 centre V triangles**.

3. Similar to step 2 above, from red fabric cut:

2 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

Subcut each strip of fabric as specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to yield the centre V triangle.You will need **32 centre V triangles**.

Construct the required number of V blocks with dark blue, red or dark blue and red fabric using Deb’s method then trim to size with her V Block ruler. Refer to “**Blocks/Units to construct”** above for the number of blocks to construct.

**Square in Square units**

4. From **light coloured fabric** cut:

2 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares using Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler. Align her ruler on the strip to cut the squares in the centre of the square in square. One strip, cut WOF yields about 10 – 12 squares. You need **20 centre squares** for the 3 x 3 inches square in square unit.

5. From **dark blue fabric** cut:

2 1/2 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into 2 3/4 inches squares. Make one diagonal cut for every square so as to yield 2 dark blue triangles. You need **64 triangles** which means you need 32 dark blue squares, each cut diagonally once.

6. Similar to step 5 above, from **red fabric** cut:

1 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into 2 3/4 inches squares. Make one diagonal cut for every square so as to yield 2 red triangles. You need **16 triangles** which means you need 8 red squares, each cut diagonally once.

Construct the required number of Square in Square blocks with dark blue or dark blue and red fabric using Deb’s method then trim to size with her Square 2 ruler. Refer to “**Blocks/Units to construct”** above for the number of blocks to construct.

**Large Square in Square units**

7. From the **dark blue fabric** cut:

1 – 3 1/2 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares measuring 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (that is the centre square of the 6 x 6 inches large square in square). You need **12 squares**.

8. From the **light fabri**c, cut:

1 1/2 – 4 1/2 x 42″strips

Subcut into squares 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Then cut this square diagonally twice to yield 4 triangles. These 4 triangles (labelled 1 to 4 in the pic below) will be sewn to the centre dark blue square. You need **48 light triangles** which means 12 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches squares. These triangles are slightly oversized.

9. From the **dark blue fabric**, cut:

2 – 4 1/8 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares measuring 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches. Cut each of these squares diagonally once and that yields 2 dark blue triangles. You need **32 dark blue triangles** which means 15 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches squares. These triangles are slightly oversized.

10. Similar to step 9 above, from red fabric, cut:

1 – 4 1/8 x 42″ strip

Subcut into squares measuring 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches. Cut each of these squares diagonally once and that yields 2 red triangles. You need **16 red triangles **which means** **eight 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches red squares which in turn will yield . Similarly, these triangles are slightly oversized.

**Sewing the units:**

11. Sew two of the light triangles (from step 8 above) to the opposite sides of the dark blue square. Sew triangles 1 & 2 or 3 & 4 (see pic above) . Press the seams towards the light triangles , away from the centre square. Then sew the remaining two light triangles (if you had sewn triangles 1 & 2 previously now sew triangles 3 & 4) to the remaining two opposite sides of the dark square. Press the seams towards the light triangles again. Line up a square ruler that measures at least 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches so that the 1/4 inch mark on the ruler touches the diamond points of the centre dark blue square as shown in the pic below. This ensures that there is a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Then trim the two sides. Turn the square in square block 180 degrees and in a similar manner line up the ruler on the block then trim. Now I have a square in square measuring 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches.

12. Sew two of these dark blue triangles (from step 9 above) to the opposite sides of the 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches square in square unit (from step 11 above). Press the seams towards the dark blue triangles. Then sew the remaining two dark blue triangles to the remaining two opposite sides of the square in square unit. Press the seams towards the dark blue triangles again. Line up the ruler on the block as shown in the pic below, ensuring that there is a 1/4 inch seam allowance all around the centre square in square unit. Then trim. You will now have a 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches block unfinished.

Construct the required number of 6 x 6 inches large Square in Square blocks with dark blue or dark blue and red fabric. Refer to “**Blocks/Units to construct”** above for the number of blocks to construct.

13. Sew the V block units, Square in Square units and 6 x 6 large Square in Square units together row by row. Sew the units in Row 1 first followed by the units in Row 2, Row 3, etc as shown in the pic below.

Odd rows i.e. Rows 1, 3, 5 & 7 comprise of V Block units and Square in Square units.

Even rows i.e. Rows 2, 4 & 6 comprise of V Block units and Large Square in Square units.

For even rows, you will need to sew 2 V Block units together like this:

before joining it to a large Square in Square

continue joining to V Blocks then to large Square in Squares to finish the row.

**Cutting fabric and sewing on the Borders:**

14. From the **dark blue fabric** cut the following :

- 1 – 3 1/2 x 27 1/2″ strip
- 1 – 3 1/2 x 24 1/2″ strip
- 1 – 3 1/2 x 21 1/2″ strip
- 6 – 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangles
- 3 – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ squares

**Top Border**

15. Sew the 3 1/2 inches x 27 1/2″ strip of fabric to a V Block as shown below (the pic below shows the long strip of fabric made up of squares. The length of all the squares add up to 27 1/2″. Ignore the squares and just cut a strip 3 1/2 x 27 1/2″ to be sewn to a V Block unit)

Then sew a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the V Block end as shown below

Next sew a V Block unit to the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle end as shown below

Sew this border to the top of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

**Bottom border**

16. Sew a V Block unit to a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle as shown below (ignore the squares that make up the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle)

17. Repeat Step 16 three more times and you have have 4 of the joined units shown in the pic in Step 16. Join the 4 units together as follows

Then join a V Block unit to the end of the strip as follows

Sew this border to the bottom of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

**Left-hand side border**

18. Sew a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ square to a V Block unit then join to a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle as shown below (ignore the squares that make up the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle)

19. Sew a V Block unit to the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle end as shown below

20. Sew the 3 1/2 x 21 1/2″ strip to the V Block unit end as shown below (ignore the squares in the 21 1/2″ strip)

Sew this border to the left-hand side of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

**Right-hand side border**

21. Sew up the right-hand side border as follows using the 3 1/2 x 24 1/2″ strip

Then attach it to the right-hand side of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

TaDa. You have finished constructing the Hearts Intertwine quilt top. LOL. I hope the tutorial has been helpful to you.

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