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Thread: Ahhhhh man! Stippling.....

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    Ahhhhh man! Stippling.....

    So, I finally got up the courage to try stippling on a quilt. I was doing pretty good, getting the hang of it, when after stippling about a 10 inch square I finally decided I should check the back. Well duh, of course the edge of the quilt was caught under it. I found out...1. There's a lot of stippling in a small space. 2. Stippling is difficult to unsew. 3. I decided I didn't want to stipple after all on this particular quilt, so will be using a different method. Ayyyeyiieeeyiieeee!
    Oh, and most important 4. Check your bottom soon after a few stitches!

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    Been there, done that, bought the shirt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tartan View Post
    been there, done that, bought the shirt!:d
    ditto!!!!!
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    Ah, join the crowd. I like to zigzag the edges of my quilt together after I've quilted the body, but not the border. I didn't on the last one and you won't believe how many times an edge folded back and got caught. Lesson learned.

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    Sorry to hear about that. Don't feel too bad. I did the same thing the other night. Grrrrrr! Doing the frog stitch.
    Rip it, Rip it.

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    What can I say. I spent about 4 minutes making a huge mess (before I realised) and 2 hours of unpicking.

    A lesson well learnt lesson from that experience - I check the back after a few stitches.

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    I thought I learned that lesson too! NO! So you have to check more often, specially after you turned the quilt and I do that quite a lot.
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    When I first started doing FMQ, I found it very difficult to stipple. I did better with loops & swirls, stars, hearts, etc. so I perfected those first, then tackled the stippling. I am much better at it now. I don't really care to do it - I find it boring, but sometimes it's the right look for certain quilts.

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    That happened to me too and it sure took a lot of patience to rip the stitches.

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    I hate it when I do that...just did it last week! It does take more time to rip then to sew
    It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.

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    And if you are doing the stippling on a queen size quilt on a long arm frame.........allways check and make sure you put the foot down........ask me how I know

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    At first I was a better ripper than stippler, but that has changed with lots of practice. Hang in there.

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    And the stitches were so pretty too! No loopys or nothing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy l View Post
    And if you are doing the stippling on a queen size quilt on a long arm frame.........allways check and make sure you put the foot down........ask me how I know

    I second this! uff mine looked awesome one top but terrible on the back...needless to say the rest of the evening was a date with my ripper... :/ lesson learned
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    Well as you have and will be hearing - most of us have been there. Don't give up but don't get frustrated either, there is always another day and another quilt - Thank Goodness

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    Yep, been there, done that! You are definitely not alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Been there, done that, bought the shirt!
    not only did I buy the shirt I have a full wardrobe
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by alderdweller View Post
    So, I finally got up the courage to try stippling on a quilt. I was doing pretty good, getting the hang of it, when after stippling about a 10 inch square I finally decided I should check the back. Well duh, of course the edge of the quilt was caught under it. I found out...1. There's a lot of stippling in a small space. 2. Stippling is difficult to unsew. 3. I decided I didn't want to stipple after all on this particular quilt, so will be using a different method. Ayyyeyiieeeyiieeee!
    Oh, and most important 4. Check your bottom soon after a few stitches!
    i THINK WE HAVE ALL DONE THAT!!!
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    I hate that when it happens.....
    I got fabric.... Now I need time .
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    it is part of the learning process, we all do it at one time or another. afterwards we can look back and laugh.

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    Been stippling for quite a while now and still every now and then have to rip out some stitches. Ugh. Other than that, for me, stippling or meandering is the way I love to quilt. Can't follow straight lines or stitch in the ditch, so it is the best alternative quilting for me.
    Lizzy in La.

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    I feel your pain. Also, BTDT and bought the Tshirt
    “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~Scott Adams

    Piecefully,
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    Have been there and done that. Am getting better at stippling - but am never quite satisfied. Often when I look at my work later I decide it isn't as bad as I first thought. We are our worst critics I have found.

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    Wow, that's awful.

    I got a little confused when you said to Check your bottom. Then had to laugh at my confusion. It's been a crazy few days in my world.

    Hope all is good for you now and that you keep on keeping on with that stippling.

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    DON'T GIVE UP!!! I was told by a quilting instructor to take a paper and pencil and meander a pattern the size I wanted to stipple. This apparently kind of sets the brain for size. Then don't stipple for more than 20 minutes at a time. Wear quilting gloves(machingers) to help grip the fabric. Most important............have a glass of wine and RELAX. It will happen and you will have a beautiful quilt that you can say "I Did It!" Enjoy!!!!!

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