Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Chat with Grandma Loop de Loop stitching and a GIVEAWAY!!

I promised I would be back this Friday to chat about Loop de Loop style quilting and how very versatile it is.  I will confess, that when I began quilting this wasn't a stitch I used very often.  I just didn't see much to it, I mean I like the look of it, but it wasn't too challenging and it just didn't excite me like some of the other designs.  I then came to a quilt I wanted to quilt daisy flowers on, and it wouldn't have worked to do them everywhere, I wanted them scattered and natural looking.  I decided to try combining the loop de loop stitch with my daisy flower and that combination worked so well, that I have been using loop de loop pretty frequently since as a part of a combination with something else.  I have had much luck combining words with it, which I show you in the book, and this past weekend I even quilted snow flakes in combination with loop de loop.  It is the type of design that once sketched a few time in a sketch book, typically is a pretty easy one to add a design to, and it makes it so much more fun.  Here are some close ups of the quilting on my Christmas theme pillows. 




and here are some pictures of my loop de loop section in the book 
and of course it wouldn't be Friday without hearing from Grandma, so here she is

Like most beginners, when I first started free motion quilting I learned how to stipple and I used that pattern for a long time because I was afraid I would not be able to do the more intricate designs and have them look good. When you have spent a lot of time creating a pretty quilt top you don’t want it spoiled by a poor job of quilting. Eventually you realize that stippling is not the answer for every project. The loop de loop was my next design attempt. From stippling I had learned how important having a smooth rhythm was, and that is also true for loop de loop. The transition from stippling to loop de loop went very smoothly because they both use the curvy flow to their patterns. This step also gave me now two different patterns to work with in my projects.
The loop de loop is a great design as a filler when you have small spaces. For small spaces it is much more attractive than to use stippling. To me it looks like you gave some thought to the design and were not just trying to fill in space. I often use the loop de loop in borders as it does work so well for narrow spaces.  It is also a great design to use if you need to travel from one area to another.
What I didn’t realize about learning the loop de loop was that it is a precursor to learning how to quilt using cursive writing. When I first saw a project done by Molly for her father where she used all cursive writing for the quilting I was in awe. I am still not really good at it, but when I want to use the cursive pattern in my project I always start with a sample piece and practice the loop de loop and then progress to the cursive. By doing this practice I get the feeling and the rhythm going for the cursive and then I move over to my project.
 As with all things we talk about, the secret is to be relaxed. That is very hard for me to remember, as I get very intense when I am free motion quilting. I have to keep reminding myself to relax because if I don’t I lose the rhythm and then the quilting gets jerky. Getting up and walking away from your project from time to time is a good way to break tension. Do whatever helps you to relax and always remember to enjoy the process.

Grandma Pat


I hope you all enjoyed what Grandma and I had to share about loop de loop stitching and just how great and versatile it is, and I hope we've inspired you all to try it out for yourself.  Maybe a free copy of my book Free Motion Quilting for Beginners would help you along your journey?  I am giving away a signed copy to a commenter on this blog post, so to enter please tell me what you would combine with loop de loop stitching.  I will choose a winner next Friday when Grandma and come back with another topic.  Thanks and have a happy and safe weekend!

18 comments:

  1. I hope I am not posting twice, but I don't think my last comment posted.

    I'd like to try stitching a simple tulip design with the loop de loop - once my fmq skills get better!

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  2. I like doing hearts or stars in place of some of the loops.

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  3. I would combine loop-de-loop with my and my husband's name.

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  4. Maybe this would give me the push and courage to attempt quilting and free motion, I love the loopy look and to learn to do words would be the best

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  5. I love loops! I can't meander but think I could do loop de loops! That is so awesome!!!!!!!

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  6. I would combine words and swirls. I love how you stitched love in your loop-de-loops.

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  7. Would loooove to learn to do this...and words in there!!???? Oh my! Soooo cool!! Yep..definitely would love to win your book! Thanks for the chance!! ( I have not FMQ on anything but scraps, that have turned into potholders..for me! LOL)

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  8. I never thought of doing cursive writing while quilting but will definitely give it a go the next time. I also like the idea of adding other motifs with the loop-de-loops. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win your book.

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  9. Maybe butterflies or a bee. The loops could be the flight path.
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  10. HI, I'd like to try small leaves.
    Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  11. I would combine it with stars!

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  12. Hiya Molly!!! Happy Holidays to you and Grandma Pat and your whole family. I'm still trying to get up the courage to tackle FMQ. I've been watching a lot of videos, just gotta jump in soon. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  13. I would use it to sneak in endearments, while quilting. Great idea Thanks!

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  14. I would like to do loop de loop and flowers.

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  15. It will be interesting to learn to Relax during FMQ. I've not done enough to realize that it's possible to relax - lol. You do beautiful work!

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