Branching Hearts, Two Ways

Free-Motion Doodle Challenge Day 12: Hearts

It's Day 12 of the #freemotiondoodleschool doodle challenge and the prompt for today is: hearts.

Putting hearts onto something always has the effect of making the thing seem cute. Why is that?

I'm genuinely curious about that. Do you know the history of hearts and their symbolic uses? If you have anything you can tell me about it, please leave a comment.

Today's doodle definitely has the "cuteness" factor. It's called a "branching hearts" design and I'm going to show you two variations of it. I'm also going to show you ways to use it in a border.

Branching Hearts, Two Ways

For this first version of branching hearts, I'm going to show you how I would use it as a background fill. I'll call this one "Heart Lollipops."

  1. Draw a straight line with a heart at the top.

  2. Travel back down your straight line and then draw a straight line branching out from your first line. Draw a heart at the top of this second straight line.

  3. Repeat steps 1-2, traveling around and filling the space you want to fill.

This next version of branching hearts has clusters of hearts--usually three hearts together. I think I'll call it "Heart Berry Bush."

  1. Draw a line with a small heart at the top.

  2. Travel a little bit back down the line and then draw another line branching off from the first at about a 45 degree angle. Draw another small heart on top of the new line.

  3. Travel down to the point where your first line and the line that branches from it meet. Draw another line branching out to the left at about a 45 degree angle from the first line. Draw a small heart on top of this new line. Now you have your first cluster of berries.

  4. Travel down your first line a bit and then draw a long line that branches out from your first line.

  5. Repeat steps 2-4 to form a cluster of berries at the top of this second long line.

  6. Continue to repeat steps 2-4 to travel around and fill in the area that you want to fill.

Now that You've got these two designs down, I'm going to introduce a variation. For this one, I've combined the heart lollipops and the heart berries. Maybe I'll call this one "Tree of Love."

Finally, Here's a photo of all three of these branching heart variations in borders:

I hope to see this design popping up in all sorts of cute quilts. If you use it, please post photos of your work in the comments. I love to see what you create.

Finally, if you liked this tutorial, check out the books "Doodle School: A Daily Design Challenge to Up Your Free-Motion Quilting Game," and "Doodle Notebook for Free-motion Quilting: 150+ Inspirational Motifs." Dara Tomasson and I co-authored them and they're packed with more great doodle quilting tutorials.

Click the photos to take a look at the books on Amazon.

Until next time, keep on doodling and keep on doodle quilting!


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