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!