Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-The Wave

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-The Wave



Surf’s Up!  It’s time to ride The Wave.  Today’s free motion quilt tutorial has us swirling and twirling on the high seas…

The Wave is the mirror image twin of The Wind–a free motion quilt tutorial we worked on last year…

Though the patterns are similar, learning to free motion quilt the two patterns requires separate practice–

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Begin by drawing three lines or “rails”  equidistant apart–  In the sample below, the  drawn lines are 1/2 inch apart.  (More on marking tools on Thursday…)

Begin stitching near the bottom “rail”.  Stitch a long tail sweeping up – above the middle line and curve around TO the middle line.  Stop here.

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Next, echo stitch the first line, ending just above the first stitches.  Stop here, then begin echo-stitching back around the curve…

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-The Wave005Stitch right to the top line and then around to the center of the swirl.  Stitch very close, but not right into the previous stitches.

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Swirl down to the bottom “rail” and begin the next Wave.

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For each additional Wave--tuck the “tail” of the Wave into the previous wave–without touching the curved line…see photo below.

This prevents a built up of stitches…

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 THE KEY to this motif is to avoid overlapping stitches–Overlapping stitches look messy–See below:

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Messy–overlapped stitches

Note how the “tucked” in tails look better–no overlapped stitches.

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Looks better–no overlapped stitches


Now it’s YOUR turn…  Practice doodling this free motion quilt pattern until you are comfortable with it on paper–

Then-Ride The Wave–it’s fun!

If you are working on an Independence Day project…you might like the Swirling Stars free motion quilt pattern–one of my favorites!

Tomorrow:  A quick peek at a small project featuring The Wave.


PS…This tutorial was stitched on Kona cotton fabric with Sulky Rayon on top and Aurifil Cotton 50 wt in the bobbin on a Bernina 820 without a BSR using a #90 Topstitch needle and Warm and Natural cotton batting.

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



Giveaway Winners and Other Goodies

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Thank you to all who entered The American Quilter Magazine Giveaway!

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Thank you for telling all your friends about us!   So glad to have you all meet here to share our common interests…

After hearing about YOUR lovely hometowns, I have a severe case of wanderlust!

The winners of The American Quilter Magazine are:

  • Sandra from Singapore-“No winter here, just sunshine!”  (I’m more than a little jealous…)
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And as long as we’re playing hooky from our Monday chores and paperwork:

Take a jaunt over to Culinary Canvas-for a feast for your eyes–very creative.  (The turtle is my favorite–like Tommy the Turtle free motion quilting.)

If you need a laugh–especially yoga fans—from Buzzfeed…and my daughter, Olivia…

And soak up the color from Faye’s blog, Color Route Co


Then back to work…so you’ll have time to return

Tuesday is Free Motion Quilting tutorial day…

and a fun project on Wednesday…

and marking pens on Thursday…

Friday isn’t stitched up yet…

Also, next week “Working in Series…”

Can’t wait!


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

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