Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 8

YAY!

It is finally time to tackle the Ribbon Candy pattern variations!

For those of you who are a bit unsure of what the differences are between a Wishbone and a Ribbon Candy pattern, please bear with me… I will explain!

Ribbon Candy:

  • Resembles a type of candy that is ‘gently folded’ like a ribbon. (wikipedia). To me its resembles a ruff in seventeenth century clothing, in Dutch called a ‘Molensteenkraag’ (wikipedia)
  • The pattern moves from one direction to another by curving up and down with elegant swooshes.
  • The pattern doesn’t need to cross over itself to do so.

Check out the top half of the drawing.

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  • Resembles a anatomical part of a bird that is used in a custom to make a wish.(wikipedia)
  • The pattern moves from one direction to another by moving up and down while creating loops.
  • The pattern needs to cross over itself to create the loops.

Check out the bottom half of the drawing.

Click here to be directed to a YouTube video that shows you the difference in these patterns.

A Ribbon Candy pattern can be fairly straight up and down, like chubby fingers (like Mickey Mouse). It can also be quite curvy, like the tabs of a puzzle piece.

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The curves can be a bit separated or they can touch (also called ‘kiss’). Click here to be directed to a YouTube video with a basic Ribbon Candy pattern.

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The curves can overlap! Click here to be directed to a YouTube video to see how that works.

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As with the wishbone pattern variation in my previous post in the series, you can alternate in size. I have found that ‘two large – two medium’ created a very pleasant rhythm to work with. Of course you can do any amount of ‘large’, ‘medium’ or ‘small’ shape as you like. Click here to be directed to a YouTube video to see that rhythm at work.

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One of the fun things you can do to alter the pattern is to change the tops of the curves. How about turning them into hearts? Click here to be directed to a YouTube video to watch those hearts being created.

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Personally , I find it easier to stitch out patterns that have a continuous flow instead of a stop-and-change-direction-element, like the Hearts above. If you find that the case as well… instead of that stop, stitch out a small loop in its place.

Click here to be directed to a YouTube video to see how those loops just flow.

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Have some fun with alternating and changing the size of these!

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The Ribbon Candy motion is different from the Wishbone pattern and when switching between them, it is highly likely that you will ‘mess up’ as your muscle memory is so accustomed to one or the other. Practicing a bit on paper or a computer tablet, may be the best way to ‘get it right’ before you start stitching!

Have fun, as always!

Esther

5 thoughts on “Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 8

  1. Pingback: Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 9 | ipatchandquilt

  2. Looks like a lot of fun. I really liked the wishbone pattern where the loops (2 large, 2 medium) touched. It looks very COZY!

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