Free Pattern- Candy Hearts

I wrote this pattern in the last few weeks and it was so fun to make it!  As with any pattern, there are so many possibilities!  It is hard to capture them all but here are just a few! I made this using my favorite candy colored Moda Bella solids, you can change the colors to suit your taste.  You can also change the sayings if you'd like!  I'm making another version now using the pinks and reds from Little Snippets by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.  I'm not going to add any words to this version.  

I love that all you need to make each heart is a 5" square (or 2- 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles to be exact).  It is great for using charm squares or leftover scraps.

I decided to make mine into a pillow!  I love having it on my couch at this time of year :)

Post your progress and finished quilt on Instagram, I’d love to see!   Tag me @jessicadayon and use the hashtags- #candyheartspattern #jessicadayonpatterns

Finished Mini Quilt Size: 17” x 17”
Finished Inner Heart Block Size: 12”


9 different colored- 5” squares
¼ yard White Background Fabric
4” x WOF Pink border fabric
1 Fat quarter Backing
18” x 18” The Warm Company Warm & White batting
5” x WOF Binding
1 DMC Embroidery Floss in 666 Red

*The exact fabrics with SKU numbers that I used for making this quilt are inside in the PDF on the 2nd to last page.


Read through the instructions before beginning
All seams are sewn with ¼” seam allowance unless noted
RST means right sides together
HST means half square triangles
Visit and go to the Pattern Corrections tab to see if there have been any corrections made to this pattern.


The diagram below shows the placement of each color in the quilt block.  This makes it easier to visualize where each fabric goes so you know and also in case you want to make color substitutions.


White Background- 
         -cut 1- 1” by WOF strips;
                  Ÿsubcut into 1” squares, 36 needed
         -cut 2- 2½” by WOF strips;
                  Ÿsubcut into 2½” squares, 18 needed
         -cut 2- 1.5” by WOF strips;
                  Ÿsubcut into 2- 1.5” x 12.5” pieces and 2- 1.5” x 14.5” pieces (used for the white border)

Pink Border-
         -cut 2- 2” by WOF strips;
                  Ÿsubcut into 2- 2” x 14.5” pieces and 2- 2” x 17.5” pieces

9 Colored fabrics-
         -cut 2- 2½” x 4½” rectangles from each color

         -cut 2- 2.5” by WOF strips;
                  Ÿset aside to make binding


Gather 2 colored rectangles, 4 white 1” squares and 2 white 2.5” squares.

Draw a line from corner to corner on all of the white squares, like the ones shown below.  

Sew the white 1” squares in the top corners of the colored rectangles.  Sew one white 2.5” square onto one colored rectangle from corner to corner.  And, sew the other white 2.5” square onto the other colored rectangle and sew from corner to corner in the opposite direction as the first one.  Shown below.

At each corner, trim away the extra fabric, leaving ¼” seam allowance.

Press the corners open.

Sew the two rectangles together to form a heart.

The unfinished block should measure 4.5”.  Repeat until you have a total of 9 blocks.


Sew the 9 hearts together as shown below.


Gather the 1.5” border fabric pieces.  Sew the 1.5” x 12.5” pieces on the right and left sides of the heart block. Sew the 1.5” x 14.5” pieces on the top and bottom of the heart block.   


Gather the 2” pink border fabric pieces.  Sew the 2” x 14.5” pieces on the right and left sides of the heart block. Sew the 2” x 17.5” pieces on the top and bottom of the heart block.   


Using a light box or sunny window, transfer the conversation words to each heart.  I like to use a Frixion pen for this- but you can use whatever is your favorite method. Then I used 2 strands of DMC 666 Red Embroidery floss to stitch the words onto the hearts.  I used a basic backstitch.


Baste and quilt using your preferred methods. 

For the binding, I cut 5” x WOF of binding fabric into 2- 2.5” straight of grain binding.  Bind using your preferred method.

Post your progress and finished quilt on Instagram, I’d love to see!   Tag me @jessicadayon and use the hashtags- #candyheartspattern #jessicadayonpatterns

You can download the PDF of this pattern here

You can also download the conversation words here

Like I mentioned above, I turned mine into a pillow!  I love it :)


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