How to Free-motion Quilt Scalloped Hearts

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts

Add a little LOVE to your quilts with the Scalloped Hearts quilting motif. This sweet motif can be stitched in the center of a square block or try the variations to create horizontal and vertical borders. Combine all three for a quilt your sweethearts are sure to love!

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts on a BERNINA Q 20

I’m Lori Kennedy of Lori Kennedy Quilts and my passion is machine quilting. Most of my quilting is stitched on the fabulous sit-down long arm, BERNINA Q 20. I love the huge space to maneuver my quilts easily. I also LOVE to teach quilters new motifs to add personality to their quilts. Stitch fun motifs like the Scalloped Heart to make your quilts more enjoyable to make and more exciting to receive!

Before you start, be sure to doodle the motifs until you can draw the pattern without thinking. Once you’re at your sewing machine, you’ll have one less thing to think about and your stitching line will be smoother.

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts, step one

Begin by drawing three vertical lines, equidistant apart. Begin stitching on the center line. Taper slightly along the center line, then stitch to the left line and curl around, sweeping the center line.

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts, step two

Reverse directions and echo stitch on the inside of the curl. Taper to the center line.

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts, step three

For the right side of the heart, we will stitch the inside curl first. Taper slightly, then stitch a small curl. Leave a space on the right side as you begin the curl and on the center line as you complete the curl.

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts, step four

Reverse direction and echo stitch the outside of the right curl, then taper to the center line. For a plain, though pretty, heart you may stop here to complete the motif.

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts, step five

To create a more decorative heart, add a tapered scallop along the right side of the heart.

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts, step six

Continue adding scallops around the right side of the heart.

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts, step seven

Stitch scallops around the left side of the heart, finishing with a tapered scallop.

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts, step eight

Add a little “love” or other phrase to travel to the next motif to create a horizontal border.

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts, step nine

To create a vertical border, stitch through the center of the motif to stack the Scalloped Hearts.

how to free-motion quilt scalloped hearts, step ten

A row of Scalloped Hearts-LOVE-ly!

Remember: When you stitch with love, your quilts will be loved and become instant heirlooms!

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Join me at Lori Kennedy Quilts for more machine quilting tips and tricks, notions and motifs!

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