Tuesday Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

It’s Tuesday, and I have finished the dreaded, Monday paperwork and can’t wait to get started quilting!  Today, we are stitching The Heart Leaf Vine.  It is a very sweet pattern that looks great on any summer quilt.  Stitched in pink, it would make a great Valentine motif as well.  Today, we are going to start with the basic version, then add an optional “second pass”.  Next week, we will look at a The Doubled Heart Leaf Vine--one of my all time favorite borders!  So let’s get stitching…we want to have this mastered before next Tuesday!

First,  draw two lines –one inch apart– to serve as “rails”.  Begin stitching below the rail, and sew a curved line down and up again.  Stitch a few stitches above the rail and stop.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Next, stitch the left half of the heart by stitching down, to the left and curve to the top line.  Stop here.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Now stitch the right half of the heart.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

In the center of the heart leaf, add three loops, then stitch out the bottom of the heart, below the “rail” line and swoop to the right to begin the next leaf:

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

These leaves look great as is, but if you’d like to add another “pass”…

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Start stitching above your previous line of stitching.  Echo quilt the vine, then “bounce” up the side of the heart–creating a scallop effect.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Stitch to a point at the top of the motif to maintain the heart shape.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Then scallop back down the right side of the motif.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Perfect!

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

This pattern looks great in a larger scale –so if your border is much wider–give it a try…(or wait to see The Double Heart Leaf Vine!)

If you like hearts, you might also like:  The Sweetheart Border

Tune in tomorrow when we’ll talk about organizing thread!  Later in the week–I will have a list of threads recommended by readers–and a few sources to share!

9 thoughts on “Tuesday Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

  1. I always look forward to your Tuesday tutorial. I keep a small dry erase board near my computer & practice the pattern right away! Got to train my brain! Thanks! 😉

  2. I love hearts and do lots of heart quilts, I love this thank you so much you clever girl you xxxx

  3. HELLO,I love this tutorial+will save it for sure! Just starting to learn to do FMQ>what a challenge! Thanks for posting this!

  4. Hello.I tried with hand sewing.It is really nice tutorial.the effect is not like sewing machine,i made outer border plain.with handstiching it was little difficult to me to do the same . i done it for first time.i will try on the sewing machine when i will back to India. thanx for inspiration.love.

  5. Beautiful work made simply! I am wondering about your thread, it looks black and white. Is it? I like the affect but how did you accomplish it? Thanks

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