More Fun Ribbons-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Ribbons, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!


Okay, I just had to get that out there…I wasn’t sure if you knew…

Here’s why…Once you get the “driving part”–speed and control figured out–you can make so many cool patterns and motifs!

Last week we worked on Henry’s Trucks …

Free Motion Quilted Trucks, Lori KennedyWhich were a derivative of The Race Car.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialAnd the week before, we worked on Ribbon Candy Two

Ribbon Candy, FMQ, Lori KennedyWhich was a variation of Ribbon CandyFree Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandyToday, we will be learning the most complex Ribbon of all…


It is easy to stitch!

The TRICK is–practice Ribbon Candy Two (Blue photo above)  first!

So let’s get started!


Begin by drawing two parallel lines.

In the samples below, the lines are 1-1/2 inch apart.  Use any spacing that suits YOUR quilt–this motif works well in any size.

Begin stitching in between the two lines.  I like to start with a curlicue knot (or flourish knot).

Curl gently to the top line, sweep the top line and curve gently downwards.

The general direction of the stitching is down and to the left

Next, sweep the bottom line, then curve up and to the left

Ribbons, FMQ, Lori KennedyThis is just like we did for Ribbon Candy Two

Ribbon Candy, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

For THIS motif…we just do it MORE

As we curve UP and to the LEFT we cross over into the previous Ribbon

Ribbons, FMQ, Lori Kennedy


The motion is exactly the same…it’s just a matter of degree–how far we stretch to the left.Ribbons, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The WORDS make it more complicated than it is…

JUST DO-odle IT!

(Hey, that could be my new motto–like NIKE!)

Ribbons, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Once you get the hang of it…

Try graduating from small to large…

Ribbons, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Then combine in a row…

Ribbons, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Are we having FUN yet???

I hope YOU are…because I am...and there’s so much more to come…

Everyone together now….


Oh my gosh, I have to turn the volume on my computer down!

YOU are amazing!!!

Happy Happy Stitching,


PS…The tutorial above was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE with gorgeous stitches, on Robert Kaufman’s Kona cotton, using Aurifil cotton 50 wt thread in the bobbin and Sulky 40 wt Rayon (love that sheen!) as my top thread.

For videos of many tons of tips like the Flourish knot and dozens of motifs–see my Craftsy Video:  Divide and Conquer:  Creative Quilting for Any Space.  It has received all FIVE STAR REVIEWS…and it is jam-packed with information, motifs and inspiration!

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PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!


22 thoughts on “More Fun Ribbons-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. Will give this a try today – not sure I have mastered the original ribbon yet/ Thank you for today’s motivation!! I need it & appreciate!

  2. I love your blog. I start almost everyday fmq. Made my own butterfly motif This morning and your tutorials have helped me get better at this! Thanks.

  3. How absolutely exquisite! Trying to do over my living room from folk junk to French Country. This will be perfect on sofa pillows ! Don’t get a swelled head, Lori, but your teaching is the bomb as the grands say.

      • Thank you, m’am! The Inbox Jaunt is my daily inspiration, well…. except for our 7 yr old grandson who pats me on the arm and asks, “Grammy, can you make me……..
        (fill in the blank..) . He has 3 quilts, numerous pillow cases, pillows, 2 fleece pants, and now he is asking for a lounging set of fleece pants and jacket to match the red and black buffalo plaid slippers his sister gave him for Christmas. 🙂 Hang on Lori, it will get more interesting and exciting every year. And who knows, Henry may be only the first!

  4. Enjoy your blog everyday! I have told my students who are learning the basics of Free Motion to have your blog come up everyday on their phones to inspire them in the morning and doodle at least one page. Thank you for sharing and making it easy. My favorite part is watching them fall back in love with their machines and seeing they can do it too.
    Happy Stitchin’

  5. This is off your ribbon candy subject, but… Looking at your pictures every day, I can’t help but notice your beautiful starts and stops. Would you be able to provide a tutorial how you achieve such beauty?

    • The link to The Curlicue or Flourish Knot is in this post–at the beginning of the tutorial part of the post.

  6. I’ve only just discovered your blog, and have subscribed. I love fmq too, but I’m too scared to do it — your encouragement and enthusiasm may give me courage!

  7. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the name of your blog. Those who picked you to critique had no trouble finding it. Me thinks it was a matter of “personal preference” on their part. It’s unique and, obviously, your many followers have no problem locating it. I agree with the many other comments of those preferring your format to videos. Great blog not only re to fmq but culturally as well. Thank you!

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