The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 312 - Channel Weave

Friday, August 19, 2011

Day 312 - Channel Weave

Thank you all for your wonderful supportive, loving comments on Wednesday's post. I'm already finding that focusing on the act of stitching or designing, and not the end result (finished quilt) has been very helpful and yesterday I got back to work on a quilt I really want to work on, but haven't felt I had time for.

It's also helped to remind myself exactly why I started this project - not to write books or make DVDs, but simply TO BLOG and share new designs!

So let's move on with this project with a simple less on texture. How different are straight lines and sharp angles from curvy lines? Is there any way to measure the difference in visual impact or contrast as you look at designs like this?

free motion quilting | Leah DayWhile it may sound boring, those are the questions that actually do run through my head when I play with new designs. Texture is something we easily take for granted because there is so much of it in our lives. Bricks, tree bark, gravel in your driveway, the grass in your yard - all of this is rich texture that our eyes pick up just as easily as colors or shapes.

Yet we often don’t SEE this texture like we see the green color or distinctive shape of the leaves on the trees. Texture takes a little bit more attention to see and appreciate.

I love to watch quilters looking at quilts because they will often glance first, and see a color they like. Then they will look again and put those colors together in shapes. Ah! It’s a Double Wedding Ring pattern!

And finally, only as you get around 5 feet from the quilt do the textures start to appear. Feathers and swirls and patterns stitched over the surface adding just as much visual impact to the overall piece.

You know what’s funny? It’s the texture that makes you want to reach out and touch the quilt. To run your fingers over those stitches and make sure they’re really there, they’re real.

Is there any way to measure this visual impact? I have no idea, but I do know combining straight lines and curving lines together looks awesome!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Channel Weave really is a 2 for the price of 1 deal. You get two awesome textures stitched side by side in these narrow edge to edge triangles. The first texture is a simple weave created by first stitching in one direction for 3-5 lines, then in the opposite direction for 3-5 lines.

The second texture is a simple arch shape, or bouncy echo, that is repeated back and forth until the entire triangle is filled.

Design Family - Edge to Edge. This design starts very similarly to Woven Lines and Wiggly Woven Lines. You stitch a series of triangles from one edge of your quilting space to the other, then once these guidelines are set, you can stitch back into the space to fill with the Channel Weave texture.

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. This design is always going to show off with a horizontal or vertical texture on your quilts, but which of the two designs stands out more? Which texture does your eye get drawn to first?

Suggestions for Use - Would you like to make a quilt that studies texture and contrast? Pick 6 designs with straight lines and sharp angles, and 6 more designs with curvy lines. Stitch them together and fill the sashing and borders with Channel Weave to tie it all together.

Back of Channel Weave
free motion quilting | Leah Day
Feel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and make sure to tell your friends where you learned it.

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Leah, this design looks very dimensional, too. The "cones" appear to be standing, while the other lines seem to recede as part of a more horizontal plane, although at an angle. Very interesting effect!

  2. Love this design. To me, it looks like evergreen trees in front of a landscape of plowed fields. Great texture!

  3. Texture is WHY I wanted to make a quilt in the first place - I just can't stop touching that pebbly, stippled quilting! I have finished my 1st top (finally got those satin stitches done!), the table is working out great, the squeaking has stopped (or I have blocked it out!lol!) and I'm ALMOST ready to get it together and start FMQ!! yikes! deep breath, glass of wine...;)

  4. Wow!! Im new to blog land. And just came across your blog. LOVE it!!!!! LOVE it!!! Thanks for sharing. Hugs-- Sandie

  5. I think this one is one of the best you have created! I will definitely be using this pattern!

  6. looks like another winner! thanks for all you do for us. just read wed.'s post, it was difficult for me to read and the comments...all so true. i sew/quilt as a hobby for me. i'm always checking in here for your latest, greatest designs.i keep a notebook by my sewing machine with your designs, when i get bored with one pattern (all on the same quilt) i just go on to another one. that's the way I roll. :>)

  7. Leah this may be my favorite design you've created- it is striking!

    I thought it was a little bit beyond me, so I created a design based on it and quilted it today:

    I can't wait till I'm steady enough with straight lines to try the actual pattern. Gorgeous!

  8. What a beautiful design!!! I love it! It looks 3-dimensional. I think this design is an A+.

  9. M C Escher meets Dr Suess! Funky and 3-D. I love watching your progress. This is one of my favorites. I can't wait to see what you will be doing in a couple of years!


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