The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 122 - Heart Vine

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day 122 - Heart Vine

With Christmas over and winter definitely in full swing, we can all turn our attention to the next big holiday of the year: VALENTINE'S DAY!

This heart shaped day happens to be my Mother's favorite holiday. So to celebrate early and maybe get our red and white quilts quilted in time, let's learn Heart Vine.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Josh took one look at this design and proclaimed "It looks like hot peppers!" So an alternative name for this funky design could be Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

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Inspiration - Elephant ear plants are some of my favorites and while flipping through a book of plants, I realized how easily these big leaves could be used with a vine to make one awesome free motion design.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design is really very simple if your break it down into 2 parts: first lay your foundation with the stem, then fill the stem with heart shaped leaves.

Design Family - Stem Centered. Stem designs can work just about anywhere on your quilt, but really look the best in open, uncomplicated areas where they don't compete with any other motifs.

Directional Texture - All Directions. Your eyes will definitely pick up the the center, stem shape, but because the heart shapes are all radiating out in all directions, it really gives your quilt an all over texture.

Suggestions for Use - I've been thinking lately about quilted tablecloths.

Now, to most quilters this might seem like absolute heresy. Eating and spilling food all over a nice quilt is just plain wrong in too many ways to contemplate.

But I just can't get the idea out of my head of how nice it would be to have a red and white quilted tablecloth for a special Valentine's day brunch. And of course, the perfect design for this festive quilt would have to be Heart Vine.

Back of Heart Vine
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and make sure to tell your friends where you learned it.

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Tablecloths, yes! I make lots of quilts and definitely use them on tables. Most are runners, lots on round or accent tables but how lovely is a pastel patchwork quilt with white tray, lace trimmed napkins, teacups, and strawberry shortcake!

  2. Oooooh, love this one! Something I would never dream up myself. Thank you!

  3. I was going to comment that it reminded me of those strings of hot peppers you see in some peoples' kitchens - Josh and I must think alike! I love it.

  4. I'm in love! Leah this is another super design and I really really love it
    I just hope I can find that UFO table runner and use it on that

  5. I see peppers too :0)

    Happy sewing

  6. Leah,
    Wonderful design .... one that made me stop for a very, very close look.
    I am a gardener and I saw elephants ears, but I also saw an applique block design.
    Judy B

  7. I was just saying to myself, those look like chili peppers when I read that Josh said that too! Sorry , I think you have to rename this one and try on the hearts again! .. love it.


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