In July 2019, I completed my LOVE Quilt and submitted it to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, which was held in September 2019 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. The quilt says “love” in Morse code.

With my LOVE Quilt
With my LOVE Quilt

Here’s the backstory on me working with Morse code. In November 2018, I was interested in taking a full-day class at a local quilt shop to make a Morse code quilt. I did not take the class because I took a two-day embroidery class the same weekend at a different local quilt shop. In the summer of 2019, I wondered whether the Morse code quilt class would be offered again. When I did not see the class offered, I decided to print the Morse code alphabet and create my own technique.

Morse code alphabet

I am a huge fan of appliqué.  I bought my Brother ScanNCut for the sole purpose of cutting fabric for appliqué projects.  For the FAITH, HOPE and LOVE quilts that I created, I used my ScanNCut to cut perfectly round circles.  I used a rotary cutter and ruler to cut the rectangles. The colored fabric has Heat and Bond Lite on the back.  I ironed the pieces onto the white background fabric. I used a blanket stitch on my sewing machine to tack down all of the appliqué pieces. I could have used my embroidery machine to secure all of the appliqué pieces.  However, I did not want to hoop and rehoop and rehoop some more.  It was faster to tack down the pieces using my sewing machine because the shapes are simple.

After the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza ended, I was inspired to make quilts for the words FAITH and HOPE. I planned to create a quilt series and call it the I Corinthians 13 Quilt Series.

  • “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
    ‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Here is the I Corinthians 13 Quilt Series:

FAITH Quilt ~ 2019
FAITH Quilt ~ 2019
HOPE Quilt ~ 2019
HOPE Quilt ~ 2019
LOVE (in Morse Code) ~ 2019
LOVE Quilt ~ 2019

Thank you for reading. Be blessed.

Crystal L. Cochren