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!

The Sweetheart Border

Sweetheart Border, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Today’s motif is the Sweetheart Border.  It is fun to use for Valentine’s Day, but it looks great as a border on any “girlie” quilts.

Sweetheart Border, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I like to start by drawing two parallel lines to serve as guidelines or “rails”.  For this tutorial, the rails are one inch apart, but any size that suits your quilt will work.

Sweetheart Border, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Starting on the bottom rail, curve up and to left, then circle around toward the top and back down again.  This is the left side of your first heart.

Sweetheart Border, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch back down again, trying to mirror the left side of your motif.  Do not worry if it’s not perfect–that’s what gives free motion quilting it’s character–it is not machine perfect!

As you reach the bottom rail–curve back up, creating the left half of the “upside down” heart…

Sweetheart Border, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Mirror the other half of the upside down heart—

Sweetheart Border, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

And you are ready to go again!

Sweetheart Border, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Once you develop a rhythm, you will finish an entire row in a heartbeat!

Sweetheart Border, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I hope you will LUV this pattern as much as I do!