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Tic Tac Hearts Quilt Block Pattern

Tic Tac Hearts Quilt Block

© Janet Wickell
This easy quilt block pattern shows you how to make a single Tic Tac Hearts quilt block, a variation of designs that often have the word cross in their names. A single heart is sewn in each of the block's four corners, pointed tips aiming toward the center patchwork.

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

Bright Red


  • (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.


Dark Red


  • (4) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares



  • Flying geese triangles (8) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares


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