Omit the applique if you prefer, and sew a plain square in that position. You might also opt to sew fussy cut squares that display a pictorial image. The block's 12" finished size may seem a bit large for baby quilts, or quits for young children, but its individual units are small, so the block will work just fine in those projects.
Tic Tac Hearts has a square-in-a-square unit at its center. Surrounding it are four flying geese units with small squares that create cornerstones. Bars and squares in outer rows complete the block..
Change colors in any way you desire.
- Block corners: (4) 5" x 5" squares if using applique; OR (4) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares if using plain fabric
- Patches along mid-points of block's sides: (1) 2-1/2" x 18-1/2" strip
- Flying geese: (4) 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles
- Surround for center square: (4) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
- (2) 1-1/2" x 18-1/2" strip
- Center (on point) square: (1) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square
- (4) hearts
Cut a heart template by folding a piece of paper in half, just like we all did in elementary school. The heart in my example finishes at about 2" wide and about 2-1/2" tall. You may prefer a fatter heart, or maybe even two overlapping hearts. Play with the template and then cut four hearts when you are satisfied with the shape.
When creating a heart, remember to include a seam allowance appropriate to the type of applique you plan to use, and to consider the 1/4" seam allowance required on each side of the background squares.
- (4) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
- Flying geese triangles (8) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares