The Free Motion Quilting Project: How to Quilt Heart Suckers #466

Thursday, October 20, 2016

How to Quilt Heart Suckers #466

It's time to learn a fun new machine quilting design! I've been going back through older designs and found two old favorites Lollipop Chain and Tear Drop Tree and I decided to change the shape a bit to create a new machine quilting design called Heart Suckers!

Learn how to quilt Heart Suckers in a new free motion quilting tutorial with Leah Day

This quilting design has a pretty, cheerful texture, and it's really easy to machine quilt too. Just be sure to always travel stitch back as I demo in this new quilting video tutorial:

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Learn how to quilt Heart Suckers in a new free motion quilting tutorial with Leah Day
Now for a few more details about this new Heart Suckers quilting design:

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This is a pretty easy design with only minimal travel stitching (stitching back over a previous line of stitching). One tricky part will be forming the heart shape evenly so it looks roughly symmetrical. If you struggle with this just grab a marking pencil and mark it as you're quilting the stem.

The other tricky part is forming long enough stems so you can branch out with more Heart Sucker Shapes. As you're quilting the stem, be looking for the other directions you'll need to quilt into to move on with the design. If you need space to branch out, be sure to add an extra 1/4 - 1/2 inch of length to the straight line and that will help a bunch.

Design Family - Independent. These little heart sucker shapes can branch out and wiggle around your quilting space in all directions rather independent of anything else. Much like Stippling, there's no limit to where you can put this design or how big or small you can stitch it.

What do you think of this funky new quilting design? I think it will make a beautiful texture for a baby quilt or any quilt with a sweet-tooth theme!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Very cool! Thanks for sharing this one Leah!

  2. Knew I'd find something new to do today that's
    more fun than housework - thanks, Leah!

  3. Thank you Leah for sharing your knowledge, I think you’re awesome! I’ve only fmq a couple of quilts now but I’ve been handed down blocks that my great great grandmother hand sewed in 1943. It was intended for my mom when she was born. I plan on completing it and returning it to her. The blocks were complete, but not together. I am now squaring them off and quilting as I go. I came across “The Family Tree” (which I now can’t seem to find) However, I am so excited to add this to the mix! Thank you again, for all your knowledge and for sharing it with us.


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