Ribbon Candy – A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandyGood Morning, Quilters!  It’s Tuesday…and I have a Sweet Treat for you–a little Ribbon Candy! 

I know Ribbon Candy is traditionally a Christmas confection, but stitched in pink.. pretty at any time of the year!  It makes a great border–quick, easy and fun!

(Ribbon Candy is much easier to stitch than it is to make–see this short video for inspiration and then we’ll get started!

THE RIBBON CANDY TUTORIAL

The Ribbon Candy Tutorial is really four motifs…

First, The Simple Wave:  

A long, straight line is THE HARDEST THING to free motion quilt.  Whenever you need a line–make it wavy…you’ll find it much easier to stitch…

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandyLike most patterns, The Simple Wave looks much better when it is echo-stitched….

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandySIMPLE RIBBON CANDY:

Begin by drawing two lines.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart. (NOTE-In the photo below-the lines were drawn for Deluxe Ribbon Candy–just pretend the lowest line is not there…oops!)

Begin stitch on the bottom line (see NOTE above).  Stitch a wavy line to the top “rail”–or drawn line…then stitch back down to the bottom rail…

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

Continue stitching.  The upside down wave is slightly narrower than the upward wave.

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

Just keep stitching…

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

Echo stitch back…this creates a very pretty border–Simple Ribbon Candy.

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

 DELUXE RIBBON CANDY

For a sweeter quilting treat….

Draw three lines.  Draw the bottom line…draw a line 1/2 inch above the bottom line….finally draw the top line one inch above the middle line….

Begin stitching on the middle line…

Stitch the upward wave just like before…The first row of stitching looks like this:

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandyNext, stitch a second row of stitching…

Begin stitching on the bottom rail.  Stitch a very narrow upward wave, then a full-sized bottom wave… The second row of stitching looks like this:

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

When stitched together–It’s magic!–Deluxe Ribbon Candy!  YUM!

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

Wouldn’t this look great in any quilt border?

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandyMORE TREATS

I  really hope you enjoyed the Candy Shoppe today and Peggy’s Paperwork yesterday…(See the paper pieced purple flowers – yes, Allium—HERE

For another treat…Check out Susan’s blog, The Proficient Needle…She’s paper piecing The Hydrangea–and it looks great!

HAPPY STITCHING!

Free Motion Quilting, Inchworm

 

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, tweet, shout, with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Allium for Paper Piecing

PAPERWORK MONDAYS

As you may have heard me complain…I do paperwork every Monday…bills, filing,phone calls.   I allow myself t0 blog or stitch only when my other “Inbox” is empty…UGH!

Over the last several weeks, our friend Peggy has changed the meaning of PAPERWORK MONDAYS:

—She has created several original Paper-Pieced quilting patterns from The Inbox Jaunt photos!  Now “Paperwork” is Fun and Creative!  (And some of our Mondays are a lot more fun!)

YEAH PEGGY!

Allium Paper Pieced, PatternThis week, Peggy transformed the Silent Sunday Allium photo in to a gorgeous, modern Paper Piecing Pattern (Download and Print 12 Pages)  HERE

AlliumShe even designed a full-sized quilt for us with the Alliums in the center…

Allium Paper Pieced, PatternFull Allium Quilt HERE (Download and print One Page)

Best of all, she created a Color Chart using Robert Kaufman KONA solids–(my favorite for free motion quilting, too!)

Allium Paper Pieced, Pattern

Color Chart HERE  (Two pages)

NOTES FROM PEGGY

  • This time the colors are all Kona Solids and labeled with the Kona names and Robert Kaufman codes.
  • The pattern can be adjusted to any size, but the full-sized line drawing is for a finished piece 24″ x 33″.
  • Since the design has circles, quilters may choose from two techniques: applique, of course; or machine sewing circles as shown in
  • Dale Fleming’s book Pieced Curves So Simple and her video instruction at this link Easy Circle Quilt Blocks

NOTES FROM LORI

For more information about Paper Piecing, Peggy Recommends the tutorial HERE.

I know I say this every week, but this is my favorite!  or maybe it’s The Heron, or Easter Sunrise, or In the Garden or At the Window or Hydrangeas…..

There is a lot of free motion quilting opportunities with this quilt…

Don’t you wish there were more hours in a day (and more energy, too!)

LOTS MORE QUILTING THIS WEEK…

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information found here today are the property of Peggy Aare for The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog and pin.  For any other use please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!