Bunting Bonanza-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Bunting Bonanza-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters and Welcome Back to another episode of Tuesday Tutorials!  (If you’ve missed any episodes, you can find re-runs HERE.)

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s show:  The Paper Pieced Heron Pattern from Peggy…I can’t wait to give it a go!   Not until after THE Wedding….

I have an absolutely gorgeous pattern for you today- a beginner border that will look fab on any quilt!  Bunting Bonanza would look great on a “girly” quilt, but it would look  equally great on a patriotic quilt.


Begin by drawing two “rails”.  If your quilt has a border-you don’t need to draw the “rails”.  Use the size of the border and fill it in…. In the sample below, the drawn lines, or “rails” are two inches apart.

Next, draw “tick” marks on the top line…This helps keep each swag the same size.  In the sample below, the “tick” marks are three inches apart.

Begin stitching on the top rail.  Stitch a shallow curved line, flattening out at each end.

Bunting Bonanza-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Now stitch back to the first line, adding a little more depth to the curve in the middle.

Bunting Bonanza-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

As you stitch from left to right this time, add scallops.  Try to make the center scallop a little bigger than the rest…but don’t fret about this too much.  Depending on the size of the “swag” you may have more than five scallops.

Bunting Bonanza-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Repeat this pattern for a lovely border…

Bunting Bonanza-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Or…Sweep back to your starting point again…

Bunting Bonanza-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

And then back to the right again with scallops…

Bunting Bonanza-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

For a more DELUXE border!

Bunting Bonanza-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

You can “doll it up” even more with a circle and drop down ribbons between each swag.

Bunting Bonanza-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

When you come to a corner…  add The Pretty Bow or a different embellishment.

Corners are a chance to be creative!

Bunting Bonanza-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

NOTE:  One of the keys to success with this pattern:  Do not overlap stitches at the ends…this leads to  thread build up.


This tutorial was stitched on Kona cotton with Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon on top using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator.


I hope this Beautiful Bunting Bonanza makes it to your next quilt…and when it does, I’d love to see it!

Signed with Swag,


PS…It’s wedding countdown time…Again, please be patient if I’m a little lax about blogging.  I promise to have all the Tuesday Tutorials, but beyond that…no promises…

PPS…Thank you to all of you who have told your “quilty” friends about us!  My motto:  The More, The Merrier!

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12 thoughts on “Bunting Bonanza-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. You’re really good at this. So glad my friend directed me your way. Just learning FAQ and you’re a great teacher. Blessings

  2. Yet another wonderful design to try. Thank you for making the step by step process so clear. The free motion plate for my featherweight arrived last week. This will be fun to try on that sweet little machine.

    • Very interesting I was wondering if I could use my featherweight for FMQ. Could you please share your information regarding the featherweight and FMQ?

  3. Enjoy the wedding (I’m planning on enjoying my daughter’s wedding August 1) and thank you for telling us how you would go around the corner with with darling swag!!!

  4. This is a wonderful design. I will use it frequently in my borders. I look forward to each and every Tuesday thanks to you and your tutorials. Hang in there with the wedding planning, all will come out spectacularly.

  5. Thank you for always inspiring me. I am going to try this bunting. The Notebook idea is wandering around in my head…. I don’t have a Wedding coming up, but I do have a 50th Wedding Anniversary party for my parents that I am planning. Its a big project and is taking away from my sewing and quilting time. I see the Notebook as a way for me to work in a little sewing time, learn some tricks, and be ready to jump back into my “get stuff finished” mode after the party in July.

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