Free-motion Quilted Hearts in a Border

BERNINA Heart Border - Final Image

Let’s learn how to free-motion quilt a heart border!

Add a little LOVE to your next quilt with these sweet hearts.  This versatile motif looks like hearts and upside-down hearts when stitched on red or pink, but don’t reserve it just for Valentine’s Day–the hearts are beautiful on many quilt styles!

I’m Lori Kennedy of Lori Kennedy Quilts with another step-by-step free motion quilting design–perfect for quilting on your sewing or longarm quilting machine. This edge to edge design can be completed in one pass from left to right or right to left.  Be sure to doodle the pattern to develop muscle memory before stitching. (I like to doodle a motif several days in a row before stitching to improve fluency.)

Once you learn the basic heart, add a design element for a little more flair.  Small changes create all new motifs–a great way to add to your repertoire of quilt designs.

The Basic Heart BorderFree Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Basic Heart Border

Begin by drawing two parallel lines. Start stitching just above the bottom line. Stitch the left half of a heart.

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Left Half

In one fluid motion, stitch the right side of the heart and curve back up. Pause here. The shape looks like a backward S.

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Right side with backwards S

Stitch down to the bottom line and curve up and to the left. Curl to the right, brushing the top line, and pause here.  The shape looks like the letter S.  As you are stitching, it might help to think of making the letter S–from the bottom to the top.

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Letter S

Continue stitching. Try to close the hearts, but don’t worry if the bottom or top is slightly open.

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Basic Heart Border

Doodling will help you develop fluid motion and even stitches.

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border BERNINA - Repeated Hearts

Loopy Heart Border

Once you learn how to free motion quilt the Basic Heart Border, add a loop at the center of each heart.

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Beginning of loopy heart boarder

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Two loopy hearts

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Loopy heart boarder

Embellished Hearts

Create a variety of designs by adding embellishment on top. Three loops create a very pretty border!

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Added embellishment

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Embellishment on top

For still another design, add small hearts.

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Small heart embellishment

Free Motion Quilt Hearts in a Border - Border with small heart embellishment BERNINA WeAllSew Blog 1200x800

Don’t stop there!  Learn how to free-motion quilt the Heart Borders then try other shapes as well to create your very own quilt motif!

More Valentine Motifs

Free Motion Quilting Nora’s Rose

How to Free Motion Quilt a LOVE Letter

How to Free Motion Quilt Scalloped Hearts

If you LOVE free motion and longarm quilting, please join me at Lori Kennedy Quilts.com and check out my books at LoriKennedyShop/Etsy!

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