Open Weave is a simple free motion quilting design that you could quilt with rulers or with a walking foot too. Let's see how it works both in a small square and on a real quilt!
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Quilting Open Weave on a Home Machine
The idea behind Open Weave is a quilting design that looks like irregular woven rectangles. I intentionally didn't mark the design or quilt with perfectly straight lines. A little wiggle and wobble makes Open Weave extra pretty!
Longarm Quilting Open Weave
I quilted Open Weave into the background of the Chain of Beads Quilt. This is a terrific quilt to practice quilting techniques and try out new design ideas! Click Here to find the free pattern for Chain of Beads.
Again, I could pick up either the Slice Ruler or the Ditcher Ruler and quilt Open Weave perfectly with exactly 1/4 or 1/2 inch spaced lines. I didn't feel like doing the math on that to fit my quilting space exactly so I free hand quilted instead.
No marks, no rulers, no plan = free hand quilting. Sometimes this is pretty scary and sometimes it's exactly what a quilt and quilter needs!
It's pretty clear from quilting both an open block and through the background area of this quilt that Open Weave is a design that can work anywhere on our quilts. Sashing, blocks, borders, or background areas are all a great choice for this woven design.
I probably wouldn't choose this as an All-Over Design simply because it'd be time consuming to quilt it over an entire quilt and harder to keep the lines straight-ish across the full length.
Where do you think Open Weave will work best in our quilts? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Let’s go quilt,