The Basic Bow–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Basic Bow, LKennedy, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

Hope you are all doodling and quilting, and maybe a little gardening??

It’s that time of year-Mother’s Day, Graduations, Picnics, parties.  I thought we could use a little festive motif–a pretty little bow.

The Basic Bow would look great on any baby quilt or girl’s quilt.  A single bow could be used to tie a quilt (stitch one in the center of every block)  Or stitch a chain of bows in a border.

For the Bow Border, begin by drawing two parallel lines 1-3/ inches apart.

Start in the middle-between the two lines.  Stitch a sideways figure “8”.

TheBasicBow.FMQ.LKennedy007Next, stitch a larger and slightly squared, figure eight.

TheBasicBow.FMQ.LKennedy006Stitch a wavy line down, to the point where the next bow will begin.  Stitch back to the center.

TheBasicBow.FMQ.LKennedy005Stitch down to the previous point and begin the next bow.

TheBasicBow.FMQ.LKennedy004To fill a large area with The Bow, draw a large grid–the sample below is a 2-1/2 inch square grid.

Stitch the bows at the intersections of each square.  Change the angle of the ribbon to create a lattice pattern to fill a very large area quickly.


Wouldn’t this be darling on a Baby Quilt?


TheBasicBow.FMQ.LKennedy001Keep doodling and stitching every day to see the fastest improvement in your free motion quilt skills.

Also, don’t forget to iron your quilts before stitching–even practice pieces!

I’m off to a baseball game-a sure sign that spring is here!



PS…This sample was stitched on Kona cotton with Sulky Rayon 40 wt on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.–on my Bernina 820-a domestic sewing machine.

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