We filled half-square triangles with loops to create some fun texture. Now let’s get a a little crazy and create some more fun with loops.

Work on the diagonal

It’s time to branch out and try a little something different. Rather than travel horizontally or even vertically, we can choose a diagonal stitch path. We’ll start simple with an easy loop design.

Start by choosing your grid. Go back to the beginning of our grid discussion to remind yourself how to do that.  You can use the piecing or mark a grid on your fabric using your favorite removable marking tool.

Then choose your path. Here is what I chose:

A few things to note:

In order to make this as continuous as possible, I started at the red circle and went in a north-east direction.

When I get to the end of my grid, I traveled along the perimeter of the grid to the next intersection. Then I reversed direction and travel south-west.

Finger trace your path to help you figure it out.

Once you’ve got it, remember that you can mark guidelines if desired. Every little help can improve your results!

 

The design

This loop-de-loop design is fast and easy to stitch. Fill the grid box by adjusting the size of your loops.

Travel along the perimeter to the next intersection.

Then reverse direction and travel along the diagonal south-west.

Travel along the perimeter down to the next diagonal start.

Stitch loop-de-loops north-east to fill the next diagonal.

Rinse and repeat until your grid is filled.

Variations

What if…..we filled every other diagonal?

This will create some interesting texture!

You can probably figure out that you just need to travel across two grid boxes when you are traveling along the perimeter.

 

 

Easy-peasy!

 

What if…….we change the number of loops?

When you don’t stitch the grid, I really like the nesting effect you get. The double loops seem to nest into the adjoining diagonal rows.

 

What can you do with the other 4 basic shapes using this diagonal path?

Share in the comments!

 

Quilt every day!

 

by Mary Beth Krapil