Free Motion Quilting a Valentine Postcard


Mom's Valentine Postcard005

Yesterday, we worked on The Extra-Sweet Heart Border-a design that will brighten up all of your quilts, especially Valentine-inspired quilts.

FMQ, Valentine Postcard

 I made this little quilt for my Mother.   The poem is one she is fond of saying to all her babies (7), grand-babies(16)  and great grand babies (10 + 2 on the way) !The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

It’s a little large (14″ x 22″) to qualify for the postcard rate at the post office.

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I plan to bind it and ship it off today.  I want my Mother to know we all love her A BUSHEL AND A PECK!

Hugs around the neck,


NOTE:  This Valentine was stitched with Aurifil 50 wt thread in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon on top with a Schmetz 80 Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820…in case you were wondering…

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45 thoughts on “Free Motion Quilting a Valentine Postcard

  1. Wasn’t that a song? LOL I too am one of seven and remember singing those old songs (Daisy – Little lambs eat Ivy) while doing dishes every night. Somehow my brothers got out of that chore. lol Love your “postcard” for your mom! She’s going to love it too.

  2. Isn’t it fun that one blast from the past can jog your mind right on down memory lane. 🙂 If there were more words to that song I don’t recall them..haha! Super cute postcard. I picked up a yard of a pretty Kona red last time I was in town cuz I knew you were going to come up with something sweet for Valentines. Think I will try a quilted heart and border on a little mug rug for Mom. Nice work. :)!

  3. What a precious Valentine! love the idea and execution is great. Again a lovely inspiration. I “heard” the song as I read the words.:) Looking forward to stocking up with aurifil (for first time) on the next trip into city, I want to make a garland of 5 inch hearts, with quilting on each, for our 3 yr old granddaughter who lives hundreds of miles away.Thanks again, Lori, for sharing your idea and heart with us.

  4. What a lovely gift for your mom; She should be thrilled! That was a song I sang as a child and also sang it to my children and two grandsons. Still know the words to that song too.

  5. My Grandchildren–all four of them–love it when I sing that song to them. It is such simple rhyming, and an easy tune, and they smile every time!

  6. My Mom sang that song too. What a cool idea. I really love your site. I just started a blog for Kinsey Quilts and I am modelling it on yours. I am a Social Media newbie and your site is a wonderful inspiration. When I figure out how to add a link, may I list your site on mine as a wonderful place to visit?

  7. Talk about bringing back memories……this is wonderful and so neat. You are just the best for creativity, thanks. Never thought of trying to write with free motion. Your things look so good, I need to practice all year to even get close, but that is what your tutorials are for, right? Snowing like crazy here in Michigan today, looks beautiful and I think a day to sew…..Claudia

  8. What a sweet sentiment. I remember that song. It was my dad who sang it to us and the grandkids. Family is a wonderful thing!! Snowing here in Ohio. What a great day to sew and enjoy the blessing of a nice, warm home. Thank you for all you inspiration and tutorials. They motivate me to a higher level in my quilting!

  9. The applique on your title page for this month is just beautiful!
    I do so enjoy your site and the quilting tutorials. I don’t know how you keep them coming but I am grateful that you can and do.

  10. Lori, It’s so very special! Treasure your mum always. I lost mine several years ago and I wish she was here to help support me during my investigations for Cancer. Julie.

    • Lori I made it but I was a chicken with the border so I stitched the border in red so it didn’t stand out so much if it wasn’t so good. I’m taking it down this weekend and hiding at mums as I won’t see her valentines day, then I can tell her where I’ve hidden it on the day. Thanks so much I so enjoyed making it. chris xxx

  11. My daughter’s in the pit orchestra for her high school’s spring performance of “Guys & Dolls.” I believe “A Bushel and a Peck” is in the musical but was not included in the Sinatra/Brando film version (what a shame).

  12. It’s just beautiful, Lori. I remember that from my mom. Your quilting inside the heart is so perfect. It’s a lovely design that fills the space so nicely. And your penmanship is gorgeous. It won’t be too much longer when no one will be able to read cursive. What a shame. But your mom will treasure it!

  13. Beautiful quilt! My mom used to sing that to all her grandchildren. I hadn’t thought if it in a long time. Thanks for bringing back fond memories.

  14. I just found your blog and I’m so hooked. Your sweet Valentine’s postcard for your mother is just the best.! Thanks for sharing with us. Now I’m off to see what other goodies you have on your site.

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  17. I’m reading through all your archives after coming across your blog last week (and yes, time would be better spent practicing all of your amazing tutorials, but that will come!) My mom always sang this to me as a child and now to my boys and probably sooner than I’d like, to their kids! Thanks for your amazing inspiration!

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