Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 3

Happy New Year to you all!

Let’s start these ‘Roaring Twenties’ with some new tutorials based on the Wishbone Quilting pattern with some Ribbon Candy thrown in too.

In the previous post I shared two options of alternating a large and small wishbone. But there are more options, of course!

The first one is really dense and consists of a large, medium and small wishbone being repeated from large to small and back. It may look more structured if you widen the loops. Is there anybody willing to try ?


Tutorial Wishbone Sequence A.


For my taste it is a big too uneven and messy, so I tried repeating the wishbone before moving on the another size. This, I like much better! You can watch me draw it by clicking on the image below. You will be directly taken to YouTube.


Animated Tutorial of Wishbone – Sequence B


You can have some fun with premarking a shape like a circle and let your wishbones touch that outline. To me, this looks like a string of beads or Christmas baubles.


Tutorial Wishbone Baubles


I really like this next idea of combining a large and small wishbone and let them overlap.   A wishbone inside of a wishbone as it were. Click on the image below to see me draw it.



Animated tutorial – Wishbone – Inside Wishes


Ohhh, and I really like this next one as well! Again a big and small wishbone alternated but with a bit more breathing space between them. Click on the image below to see me draw it.


Animated Tutorial Wishbone – Wish & Wish


The last animated tutorial for today is a combination of Wishbone and a Ribbon Candy. I drew the large Ribbon Candy first and added a medium wishbone inside of the spaces. Click on the image below to see me draw it.



Animated tutorial – Wishes on a Ribbon



Changing the width between each of the curves of the Ribbon Candy, gives you more options to place the Wishbone.


Tutorial Wishbone – Wishes on a Ribbon variations 1


You can even go as complex as you want… but it will be a densely quilted piece.


Tutorial Wishbone – Wishes on a Ribbon variations 2


All of the samples were (hand guided) quilted on my longarm HandiQuilter Avante, stitch regulated, 12 stitches per inch.  Each pattern is 2 inches high.

So ladies and gents… enough inspiration to get you going on your domestic machines , those midarms machines or even the longarms. Let them purr!





17 thoughts on “Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 3

  1. Thank you for your inspiring ideas. As a novice “long armer” I’ve been leery about trying new motifs on quilts for fear of (in my mind) ruining them. I’ve been sticking to all-over edge to edge stippling-type patterns so far and with your blog ideas I’m finally tackling the borders separately and loving the results. Your drawings and video instructions are so well done!

    • Oh Marianne, that is so wonderful to hear! Please share with us what you have created! I am very happy to hear that these tutorials are helping people over their fear of trying new things.
      Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Hi Esther! Thanks so much for sharing all of these ideas. Some great suggestions – now I need to figure out where to give them a try. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. I have to say that domestic or longarm, you have a real talent for this. And for showing/teaching it, too. If I ever get to the Netherlands, I’m going to want to spend an hour just watching you. =)

    • Oh Susan, thank you so much for your kind words! I learned to freemotion on an 1960’s Pfaff and quickly upgraded to a large domestic machine with a large harp. 3 years ago I move to a big house so I could get that longarm I had been dreaming of. I enjoy playing around on both types of machines.
      If you do end up on ‘my side’ of the planet, please let me know! 😉

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