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    fmq?

    what is the difference between stippling and meandering quilting?
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    Stippling, traditionally, is very tight small random quilting. In FMQ by machine it usually resembles the "meander" design which is the random wavy line often curving back on itself but not crossing over itself. The Meander is more open and loose. Here is an example of the meander design done as a stipple. It is the quilting done in the bright lime green portion of this example. Usually when a meander becomes a stipple the quilting is no more than 1/4" apart in any direction but is often less than that:

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    All I see is stippling is closer together.
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    When you stipple, you don't cross any line of stitching. Meandering, you can cross. Both can be any size you want it to be. As always, we each have our own thoughts of how we interpret the rules.

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    I thought stippling was a very tight meander? Just getting started in FMQ so I'm no expert.

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    The difference for me is only the spacing. Stippling is tight and meandering is more open and further apart.

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    what Tartan said. i never crossed with meandering, so stippling it just much tighter.

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    I also agree that stippling is just tight meandering.

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    I was always taught that with stippling no line ever touches or crosses. Meandering can contain loop d loops, hearts, stars, what ever ( meandering) across the top of the quilt.
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    When I stipple it is large and has open spaces between, my FMQ and meander is probably the same. I just move my hands as the mood strikes me. I don't know any rules and don't care about them.
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    I'm with FelineFanatic ... to me, when I hear meander I think bigger and more open, and that stipple is much more dense and close, but the same "scribbling" on the fabric. When I do it really really close, I call it "micro-stippling". But that's just me!

    Kind of like .... toe-mae-to .... or toe-mah-to ????

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    I use the terms interchangeably.
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    Stippling is a tight form of a meander. They are basically the same non-crossing movement with different scale.
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    Stippling is small and tight, no crossing lines. Meandering looks like jigsaw puzzle pieces, larger than stippling and can be quite large spacing - 3" apart. Again, no crossing lines.

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    This is what I thought but now I'm reading you can cross in meandering and doing loops, etc. Another thing that doesn't need quilting police--do whatever feels good to you.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    The difference for me is only the spacing. Stippling is tight and meandering is more open and further apart.

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    My kind of thinking. Do whatever feels right for you.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    When I stipple it is large and has open spaces between, my FMQ and meander is probably the same. I just move my hands as the mood strikes me. I don't know any rules and don't care about them.

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    I stipple and meander but I have to admit.....I have crossed....

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    It really doesn't matter what you call it or how you do it. Do what suits you and your capabilities. No need to conform to anyone's rules and ideas, especially when there are so many different ideas.

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    Exactly my thinking.
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    It really doesn't matter what you call it or how you do it. Do what suits you and your capabilities. No need to conform to anyone's rules and ideas, especially when there are so many different ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    The difference for me is only the spacing. Stippling is tight and meandering is more open and further apart.
    I agree with Tartan. I don't worry about crossing lines..and sometimes if I want something really small as a filler, I scribble. If someone can see the cross over, they have better eyes than I do. I have never had anyone even see any cross overs.
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    It is my quilt so I may even use both in different areas to make something stand out. Do what feels right to you!

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