The Doodle Heart-A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted HeartGood Morning, Quilters!

Just days to go before St. Valentine’s Day…chocolates, roses, love letters, hearts….

This tutorial is called “The Doodle Heart”  because I have been doodling this motif forever..long before I tried quilting!

Doodles make great quilt motifs because they are already hard-wired into our brain…


The Rails

When first learning this motif, you may want to draw a few lines to get the proportions right.

The Doodle Heart is a square motif.  Start with any size square that fits YOUR quilt and then divide it into quadrants.

The full squares in this tutorial are 2 inches by 2 inches and then subdivided into 1 inch quadrants.

Begin stitching on the lower middle line.  Stitch out toward (but not quite touching the outer  right edge.  (The widest part of the heart should be near the midline.) Spiral in-keeping the curve inside the upper right quadrant.

Free Motion Quilted HeartContinue to spiral inward.  If your square is larger than 2″, you may have more spirals…

Free Motion Quilted HeartStop at the center and spiral out again.  Taper to the bottom starting point.

Free Motion Quilted HeartCreate the left side of the heart the same way.  Spiral in and stop.

Free Motion Quilted HeartSpiral out and taper down to the bottom point.  (If you want to add an inner embellishment…stitch it now.)

Free Motion Quilted HeartFrom the bottom point, echo stitch the outer edge of the entire heart.

Free Motion Quilted HeartThe heart should look like this:

NOTE-Add more than one row of echo stitching around the heart to increase the size.

Free Motion Quilted HeartYou may add inner embellishments–a small heart, your initials…

Free Motion Quilted HeartTie off to begin the next heart as I did below or add a connecting loop-de-loop to begin the next heart.

Free Motion Quilted HeartThis motif can be combined in many ways and looks great as a border as well as a full block motif.  Vary The Doodle Heart by changing the proportions–elongate the lower quadrants, or widen the square.

Have fun with this–or Stitch YOUR OWN DOODLE!  We’d love to see it!

Later this week:  My 2015 Valentine Mini Quilt with lots of Doodle Hearts…

Tomorrow:  The MYSTERY…The Picture is Coming Together…

Thursday— “Tension Troubleshooting” article…I hope to have this ready by Thursday???

Happy Stitching,


PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!


Shells on Shells

Seashells on Free Motion QuiltingIt’s a very chilly morning here in Minnesota-certainly, no day at the beach!

The good news is…we’re into February already and we’re that much closer to warm MinnesotaAnd…I’ve got my quiltin’ to keep me warm!

Seashells on Free Motion QuiltingThis small quilt (18 x 18 inches) included:

Seashells on Free Motion Quilting

Seashells on Free Motion QuiltingWhat are YOU doing to stay warm–or is it warm where you live?

We’d LOVE to hear!


PS…All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, share or tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at  Thanks!