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!


Minnesota Style Creativity

Frozen Jeans

Image Credit: Tom Grotting

You know the expression, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade….”  This beats all!

Check out what Minnesotans are doing this winter!

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Chalk it up to Creativity mixed with a sense of humor!

Hope your day is filled with both,


PS…If you want to give it a try, just run the jeans through the wash machine and spin cycle…remove and shape outdoors–it takes just minutes (I’m told).