Some shapes just end up turning into a mess on fabric when you overlap them randomly (see Cat Hairball Filler). Eventually I found that if you take out some of the randomness overlapping starts to look good. Case in point is this Loose Weave:
Have you ever had a weekend or whole week (or even worse a whole month) were you pick out more stitches than you quilt?
I had one of those weekends. Lots and lots of seam ripping as my inner nit picky seamstress criticized every wobbly line or demented feather on my quilted jacket.
But I prevailed and finished more than half the back! Let's hope the rest goes a bit faster and with less ripping!
Difficulty Level - Beginner / Intermediate. This design is really a lot of fun to quilt because all it involves is long, slightly curving lines stitched horizontally and vertically across your quilting space.
There is a bit of travel stitching involved to get from one "thread" of the loose weave to another so just take your time and mark a few lines to get the hang of it.
Filler Design Type - Overlapping. I don't have a lot of these designs, but what we do have is very interesting. All of these designs will work great to cover large surfaces, but probably not the best for the small, complex areas of a quilt.
Directional Texture - 2 Directions. Loose Weave has a neat horizontal and vertical texture. If you quilted this densely it would have a texture a lot like Matrix - very flat and directionless. On a bigger scale though, it will always add a nice soft line to your quilts.
Suggestions for Use - There are so many pieced blocks out there with sharp lines and angles. Why not try to soften them up a bit and cover your quilt with this large scale, gently flowing weave? It will add a beautiful texture to the surface and quickly finish a bed quilt with the perfect amount of quilting.
Back of Loose Weave
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Let's go Quilt!