How to Free-motion Quilt a Love Letter

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Email? Snail Mail? Why not send YOUR sweetheart a quilted letter this Valentine’s Day?

Dear Quilters, I’m Lori Kennedy of Lori Kennedy Quilts and I LOVE machine quilting—especially quilting on my BERNINA Q20 quilting machine! This Valentine’s Day, let’s send a special message to YOUR beloved!

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step one

Begin by stitching a short vertical line and a slightly longer horizontal line. Stitch down a few stitches to begin the postage stamp.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step two

Stitch a small stamp by stitching a short horizontal line from right to left. Add a short vertical line. Continue by echo stitching the top of the letter and stitch a vertical line downward.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step three

Stitch along the bottom line, then stitch vertically a few stitches. Add a few horizontal lines-to create the “address”.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step four

Continue stitching from left to right to exit the right side of the first letter.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step five

To create the back of the envelope, begin by stitching a small rectangle, stopping just to the right of the first vertical line.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step six

Closely echo stitch the left vertical line, then stitch a triangle, ending on the right side of the envelope.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step seven

Stitch along the right angled line, stopping half way to the point.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step eight

Stitch into the corner and back again, then closely echo stitch along the angled line.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step nine

Stitch into the left corner to complete the envelope. To travel to the next motif, closely echo stitch under the completed envelope.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step ten

To create the open envelope, begin by stitching a vertical line and an upward angle.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step eleven

Stitch a mirror image line, ending on the left side of the envelope.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step twelve

Closely echo stitch the angled line and add a small heart.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step thirteen

Echo stitch the right-angled line, then add a vertical line downward.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step fourteen

Stitch an angled lined toward the heart, then stitch back to the bottom line.  Stitch a horizontal line from right to left.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter: step fifteen

Stitch into the envelope and back again to complete the open letter motif.

How to free-motion quilt a love letter

Combine the envelopes to send YOUR love!  Stitch a variety of envelope sizes and shapes and add “handwritten” love notes to your special sweethearts.  They will cherish this letter 4-EVER!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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