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Thread: Stippling start

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    I am about to begin my first free motion quilting after practicing forever... was going to do an all over stippling with perhaps some loops in the borders- but was wondering if you begin in the center of the quilt and work towards the outer edge- or corner? I spray basted my sandwich- does anyone sew around the very edge of the quilt first just to prevent pulling in on the edges? Thanks for advice

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    I work from the middle out, almost in concentric circles. Good luck!

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    I begin in the center & work toward the edges. I usually roughly divide my quilt up into sections & quilt by sections. I wouldn't sew the edge of the quilt before I did my stippling. I would pin the edges though & then after your meander or stipple & before you did the border I would go back & repin the edges to adjust for any changes in size due to your FMQ. That's how I have done it & it works for me!

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    I wouldn't sew around the edges. It could cause ripples from the fabric shifting.

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    Great tips so far. Thank you for posting this topic. :-D

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    I do my FMQ by section. I also spray baste and I use pins on the edges so that they don't fold in.
    It sunds like Maggiemay and I do the sam thing. Great minds!

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    I work the same way as Doreen & Maggiemay.
    I also spray baste - love the ease of working with that stuff.
    As for stippling, it's so much fun and I manage to work in my name or initials along the way. Hidden signature.
    Don't forget to label your finished treasure and have fun.

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    Love the name "Covered in Threads". It seems that I am always finding bits and pieces on me. I lived in Flagstaff for 8 years. Loved it!

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    I keep a lint roller by the door of my craft/sewing room to roll over me before leaving. My DH still manages to find at least a thread or two on me. Been here for 18 years now, still love it but ready for a change.
    Be sure to post the finished quilt, always enjoy seeing others creations.

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    I am on the same boat as Covered in Threads, Doreen & Maggiemay. I spraybaste and reinforce with pins.

    The first time I spray basted I figured that I did not need to start in the middle -- let me tell you ripping out a seam is a piece of cake compared to ripping out quilting when you find out how things rippled as a result of the basting.

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