The LOVE block a la Fig Tree

For those of you who wanted to try a bit more traditional version of Brigitte’s fabulous LOVE block for this weeks MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG, we promised we would post our version today. If you want the whole backstory, then just scroll through our last couple of blog posts!

… a love block in a love bowl 🙂

If you read my post on Wednesday, you will know that I talked about this LOVE stamp as a childhood memory. And my friend Greg from told me a little bit more about the history. I had no idea!

Did you guys know that it was created in honor of a “…famous sculpture sculpture by artist Robert Indiana in 1970, based on his greeting card design for the Museum of Modern Art in 1965. Robert Indiana was from… Indiana! And the sculpture lives at a museum in Indianapolis. There is also a copy in NYC” said Greg. I love learning a little bit of history as I quilt!

Personally we did the 6″ size for our quilt, but below you will find cutting instructions for both the 6″ and 12 blocks just in case you might want to go bigger.

… the LOVE block is a perfect addition to this line up of blocks so far.


-We chose (2) different reds, one darker and one lighter so the sets of letters would stand out from one another. If we were using a variety of colors then we would for sure chose different colors for each letter.

We are only doing the 6” & 12” block for this alternate. Please feel free to make any variations you like!


For “L”:
From darker red print: Cut (1) 1 ½” x 3 ½” [a] and (1) 1 ½” x 2 ½” [b].
From ivory: Cut (1) 2 ½” x 2 ½” square [c].

For “O”:
From lighter red print: Cut (2) 1 ½” x 3 ½” [d] and (2) 1 ½” x 1 ½” squares [e].
From ivory: Cut (1) 1 ½” x 1 ½” square [f] and (4) 1” x 1” squares [g].

For “V”:
From lighter red print: Cut (2) 2” x 3 ½” [h].
From ivory: Cut (4) 2” x 2” squares [i].

For “E”:
From darker red print:

Cut (1) 1 ¼” x 3 ½” [j], (2) 1 ¼” x 2 ¾” [k] and (1) 1” x 1 ¾” [m].
From ivory: Cut (1) 1 ½” x 2” [n] and (2) 1” x 1 ¾” [o].


For “L”:
From darker red print: Cut (1) 2 ½” x 6 ½” [a] and (1) 2 ½” x 4 ½” [b].
From ivory: Cut (1) 4 ½” x 4 ½” squares [c].

For “O”:
From lighter red print: Cut (2) 2 ½” x 6 ½” [d] and (2) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares [e].
From ivory: Cut (1) 2 ½” x 2 ½” square [f] and (4) 1 ½” x 1 ½”squares [g].

For “V”:
From lighter red print: Cut (2) 3 ½” x 6 ½” [h].
From ivory: Cut (4) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares [i].

For “E”:
From darker red print:

Cut (1) 2” x 6 ½” [j], (2) 2” x 5” [k] and (1) 1 ½” x 3” [m].
From ivory: Cut (1) 2 ½” x 3 ½” [n] and (2) 1 ½” x 3” [o].

ASSEMBLY NOTES: We used basic block assembly as well sew SEW & FLIP method that we have talked about before.
Press to the red when doing standard assembly.
Press “out” to the background, in this case ivory, when doing the SEW & FLIP method.
Note the “E” has some smaller pieces in it so take care and cut accurately and sew slowly.


Let us know if you have any questions and happy sewing!

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  1. Marilyn R | 14th Feb 20

    LOVE this block. I also love paper pricing but I’m having trouble with my printer. I might have to make this one instead. Thanks for the pattern and the history of the stamp.

    • | 14th Feb 20

      You are very welcome. It is always good to have some options! So glad you liked the history tidbit! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Katie Kennedy | 14th Feb 20

    Thank you Joanna! Happy Valentine’s Day. I LOVE your block and instructions.

    • | 14th Feb 20

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you too Katie. So glad you find the block useful.

  3. KarenL | 14th Feb 20

    This block is such a winner! This might be appearing in many sampler quilts in my future! Thank you Joanna for redrawing it for Fig Tree nation! …..Makes one wonder if it could be drafted with a tilted “O”…???

    • | 14th Feb 20

      It absolutely could be! I was just going for the most simple approach.

  4. Cindi Lambert | 15th Feb 20

    I cannot seem to find a link for a PDF file for this block. Am I missing something?

    • | 17th Feb 20

      No PDF. Just the blog instructions. Thanks so much for following along!

  5. Tamie L Phillips | 15th Feb 20

    I would really love to print off a copy of your pattern but there’s no link. Please help

  6. Christy Jutila | 15th Feb 20

    This is so cute! Thank you for providing an alternative.

  7. Michelle Randall | 16th Feb 20

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! for the alternate blocks. I really love your blocks, I just love piecing and these just fill in where the alternate methods are being used. Thank you so much. Michelle

    • | 17th Feb 20

      You are so very welcome. I am so glad that you enjoyed the block!

  8. Greg | 16th Feb 20

    Thank you for the 6″ block directions! Just sewed it up today – just need to take a pic and post it. The directions were perfect

    • | 17th Feb 20

      Cant wait to see a pic of it!

  9. Lynne Hoefer | 17th Feb 20

    There is also a Love sculpture at Crystal Bridges museum in ?Bentonville, Arkansas

  10. Karen Tanner | 19th Feb 20

    LOVE this block!!!! I am only doing 8″ blocks. I am new to quilting and have no idea how to resize the pattern. Can you help me?
    Thank you, Karen

    • | 19th Feb 20

      Unfortunately, we only did the math for the ones that we have provided. Thanks so much,

  11. Donna | 20th Feb 20

    Please make a pdf. I am one of the dark age people and only have computer hard wired, 4 rooms away from sewing machine! PLEASE….

    • | 20th Feb 20

      Unfortunately we aren’t making PDFs of the blog at this time.
      Perhaps you can take some pictures of the instructions with your phone?

  12. Wanda Jewell | 12th Mar 20

    Did you design the alphabet blocks yourself or did you find them somewhere and then put them together to make your Love block? Reason I am asking is that I am making a charity quilt for Greater Ohio Boxer Rescue and would like to make this love block and make a block that says Boxers. Love Boxers. 🙂 I think it would go great on my Boxers in a bed of roses quilt I am making for them. I love this block. Please email me with your answer so I can find it. Thank you.

    • | 15th Mar 20

      I designed them but its just these letters for this block. Thanks so much,

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