Let's learn how to break this design down into simple rows, then put all the shapes together to create a complex Loopy Line design:
Difficulty Level - Beginner.
Design Family - Independent.
Within this video, I basted the little fat quarter sized practice sandwich using Pinmoors. These small silicone anchors allow you to baste your quilts using straight pins, and best of all, make it much easier to remove the pins as you quilt. Click here to learn more about Pinmoors.
When it comes to loopy line, the most simplistic version of the design is a row of loops. These also work a bit like the cursive letter "e."
You'll probably find this design easier to quilt this way - with the loop curling upwards. Now try the opposite and stitch the row with the loop twisting downwards:
Now let's kick it up a notch and put both forms together to create this lacy design:
If we can curl the loops outward, can't we also curl them inward? Try it to create this version:
Now put all the elements together and just go loopy!
I have no idea why a teacher would teach that it's bad to cross your quilting lines, and for the record, no, it won't damage your quilt in any way. If anything, it will hold the quilt more securely together!
Think of this simply as a different element of design that will add a slightly different texture. If you like the texture, stitch it! If you hate the texture, find a design you do like!
Stippling, Sharp Stippling, Zippling, and Circuit Board are all designs formed with lines that never, ever cross so you definitely have some alternatives to choose from if you decide Loopy Line isn't for you.
Now that we have five awesome designs in our repertoire, it's time to use them all in an awesome modern quilt project!
You will need around 1-2 yards of background fabric that is solid, or reads as solid. You could also use strips or scraps, but make sure your strips are between 2.5 - 4 inches wide.
You'll also need anywhere from 15 to 30 squares of some other color. You can use more solids, or your favorite prints, or hand dyed fabrics. I cut all of my squares 6 inches. You're welcome to cut yours bigger or smaller, it's totally up to you!
We're going to focus on this project for the next 3 weeks so if you want to quilt along with it, definitely get some materials prepared and ready to go for next Wednesday.
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Time to Shut Up and Go Quilt,