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!

And the Winner is…

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Dear Gentle Reader,

It is quite plain by your response to The First Ever Giveaway at The Inbox Jaunt that the only thing that you like more than Doodle Quilts is Doodle Quilt giveaways!

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Thank you for all of your suggestions for further posts.  I will answer all the questions over the next few weeks.  Many of the question will require short tutorials…the tutorials are already in the works, so check back often for the answer to YOUR question…

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We do have one lucky winner today, but if you were not the winner today…there are many more giveaways coming soon…

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We will be offering a Shamrock Doodle Quilt in time for St. Patrick’s Day as well as giveaways from King Arthur Flour and The Stencil Company…Stay Tuned!

Without further ado…the winner of the Valentine’s Day Doodle Quilt is…

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Gwendiequilts!  I will contact you directly for mailing information.    Congratulations!

Tomorrow:  Tutorial Tuesday-More pink, more hearts, more fun with Free Motion Quilting…

WIP-Valentine’s Day-and a GIVEAWAY!

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Dear Gentle Reader,

Did you realize that it is only a month until Valentine’s Day?  I have hearts doodling themselves in my head already!

I would like to thank all of you who have stopped by, followed, pinned on Pinterest, left comments…I am so glad we’ve crossed paths…

As a way of saying “thank you”  I’d like to offer a small doodle vase-quilt giveaway!

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Anyone who leaves a comment below will be entered in a drawing…I would greatly appreciate if the comment included a question for me or any suggestions for further posts, tutorials, etc…

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I will accept all comments through Sunday and the winner will be announced on Tuesday—when the next Tuesday Tutorial is added…

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart

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