Heart Leaf Border

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Heart Leaf

Good Morning, Quilters!

Was I in hibernation?  Where did January go???

We are on the heels of February already and we will continue our Flower of the Month free motion quilting.

(In case you slept through January, too…you can find The Carnation–the January flower HERE

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Our February flower (The Violet–coming mid-February) has a heart-shaped leaf and I thought you might want to incorporate this motif into your Valentine’s Day quilting.


Begin by drawing three parallel lines.  In the samples below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the middle line.  Stitch a small clockwise curl.

Reverse direction and stitch a tapered leaf.

Stitch the mirror image on the left side.

Stitch a small counter-clockwise curl.

Echo stitch the curl back to the center line.

Add a curvy line through the center of the leaf and begin the next leaf with a small cur.

After completing the entire row of Heart Leaves, echo stitch both sides of the leaf for more emphasis.

This motif stands alone–a very easy leaf–and it will look great when we combine it with the Wood Violet Flower later in February….

Hope your hibernation is over and YOU are ready to quilt!

Are YOU 1/12 of the way through YOUR New Year’s goals?

We’d LOVE to hear!


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Santa’s Workshop and a Winner!


Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m still doing a bit of last minute shopping and found Santa’s workshop right in my hometown of Stillwater, Minnesota!  Tom Bethke, who works as Santa at local events doubles as an elf. All year long he cuts and saws, making hundreds of wood toys for children all over the world.


He offers a wide variety of very well made toys–check out his website, Kringle Workshops HERE

Tom Bethke, Kringle


Thank you to all the quilters who participated in our quilt show!  The quilts were fabulous and all of them deserve an award.  Thank you for inspiring us all with a fresh look at FMQ!  All of the different styles provide inspiration and new ideas!

The winner is Noreen Borys

Noreen’s use of a variety of threads and motifs was Best of Show!

Congratulations, Noreen!


Noreen Borys


Craftsy is running a last-minute sale at amazing prices!  Craftsy classes make great gifts for yourself or for anyone on your list who quilts, sews, knits, cooks, bakes, paints….

Be sure to check out my two classes:  Divide and Conquer:  Creative Machine Quilting and Creative Free Motion Quilting (Both classes have FIVE STAR REVIEWS!)

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!