Loops are an easy free motion quilting design that adds great texture to a quilt with lots of straight lines. I chose a figure 8 quilting design for a recent customer quilt. The quilt pattern is Stacked Coins and she used men’s shirts to create the blocks. This is a keepsake quilt for children to remember their father – what a touching gift!
Free Motion Quilting is like Writing in Cursive!
The figure 8 quilting design looks like a line of Ls. I have to remind myself to keep a steady pace with the stitching so my tension doesn’t get wonky on the back. You can adjust this design to fit any space. It would be equally effective in sashing strips or a border.
Audition Quilt Designs Before Stitching
When I loaded this quilt onto my longarm machine, I knew what the background would be since the customer had requested echoed pebbles. Of course, stitching white thread on a white background can be tricky, but it is a fun free motion filler design.
The primary blocks took more thought. Many of the shirts were plaid so there are alot of striaght lines in this quilt. I had several ideas so I drew a quick sample of the Stacked Coins pattern in my notebook and auditioned these designs.
Maybe a basic grid of wavy lines? What about a single feather? Check out more free motion quilting designs here.
No, I really liked the loopy Figure 8 quilting design. I chose a light blue, slightly variegated thread that blends nicely with all the colors in the shirts.
For the outside border, I kept it simple with straight line quilting in a matching navy thread.
Would you have chosen a different free motion quilting design? I’d love to see your work! Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add them to my project gallery.
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