Good Morning, Quilters!
Today we are going to learn how to quilt Twisted Loops!
It is a real treat to showcase the extremely talented quilter and seamstress Jana Malanikova from the Czech Republic! Jana has several sewing machines, but she does a lot of her free motion quilting on a treadle sewing machine! I first “met” Jana on Instagram. She tagged me when she used a few of my motifs in her quilts. It is so inspiring to see free motion quilts on a treadle sewing machine.
See Jana free motion quilting on her treadmill machine HERE.
It is not the machine–it’s the determination of the quilter!!!!
When Jana is not quilting, she loves to hike the mountains near her home and she stops to knit or crochet!
How to Quilt Twisted Loops
Begin by stitching a straight line with a small loop.
Stitch along the straight line 2-3 stitches, and closely echo stitch the loop and the line.
Stitch over 2-3 small stitches and echo stitch the shape. Jana notes that you need to pause as you are stitching whenever you change direction. This allows the sewing machine to complete a full stitch.
Continue echo stitching the shape several times.
Stitch anywhere along the line to begin a new loop with echo stitching.
Connect several twisted loops to create a background fill design!
Notice how Jana filled in the edges and any open areas with echo stitched circles or straight lines. Use partial patterns to fill in smaller areas.
Doodling will help you understand the pattern before you begin stitching and work out any “kinks”. While the pattern is fairly straightforward, doodling first will help you work out where to create additional loops and how to fill in the small spaces. You can overstitch any line to move to a new area.
One of the keys to this motif is keeping the spacing between the lines uniform.
Thank you, Jana!
The best part of the internet is making friends from all over the world! I am so grateful to have met Jana–and so many of YOU!
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Happy Twisted Quilting,
Your Twisted Sisters,
Lori and Jana
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