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Thread: I'm in a stippling rut...everybody loves it though!

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    Janette, thanks for the hint. Stacking up the copy and then needling it is a real timesaver. Not to mention the time it takes to copy each piece. You are a genius!

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    Try free style or templets drawn on the quilt. With practice it will be easier and more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieF
    I also have been meandering for way too long. I do it very well, but think it's finally time that I tried a pattern. I'm not good at following a pattern drawn on a quilt so a freestyle one would be what I would try. I just have to get up my courage and do it.
    What is the difference between stippling, meandering, & free motion?

    I finally ventured into "free motion" recently & after a lot of ugly samples, I just dug in & worked on a table runner I just plainly didn't like because I had used a too high loft. I got so excited by the way it was looking after a doing a sm. patch, I did the whole thing & now I love it. Now I'm looking for other pcs to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    My problem with meandering...............my MIND starts meandering!!!! LOL Then I have to slap myself and get myself back on track!
    Oh my gosh, I did this too. Then I could not get my rhythm going at all. I figured there are no stitching police around to see where my lines crossed. It was time to take a break.

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    I call my stippling loop-de-loo of varying sizes, but i do like the look after washing too!

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    Try this http://daystyledesigns.com, I love her web sight. The fillers are really creative, and there are plenty of them.

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    So many great suggestions here, I will keep my eye on this thread. Thanks for starting it.

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    I think the secret to feathers might be to sketch yourself a "spine" or center line of the area you want to be a feather, sort of a wavy curve,
    then go along and fill in with the loops of the feathers.
    I am certain there might be some site that shows how to do this,
    and would give a good start to learning how to do this beautiful quilting style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazeljane
    I find spirals easier than meandering- I can make them in rows, or random in size and space. I also like pebbling- I like the way it looks when it is washed.
    Hi, Hazeljane,
    Can you describe how you do "pebbling"? I think I know what it looks like - lots of small bubbles - but, do you just keep sewing in circles? are the circles kind of the same size? I can't quite figure it out... Thanks!

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    Pebbling is done in circles, and they are of varying size to fill up a space, it looks great and I love to do it, the trick is to try stay on the same lines. It just takes practice. Remember to have fun.

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    I have found that doing a curvy leaf vine is quite easy and goes really fast...I especially like it in the borders. Also, bows and ribbons are quite fun and not too difficult.

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    There's a book by Sally Terry called 'Hooked on Feathers' which shows a great technique to make feathers without backtracking. I practiced a lot on paper first, this really helps with all FMQ - but I find this method much easier than the conventional back tracking feathers?

    This is a table runner that I used to practice on!
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    I read somewhere to draw your design on "Press n Seal" plastic wrap and "stick" it to your quilt and sew over it. I tried it and it works pretty well and tears away easily. It's much easier than using tissue paper which slides all over or chalk that seams to disappear and I can't see it well.

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    Colleen thanks for the tip. k3n love your quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Thanks everybody!! I have only done SID and need to move up :D:D
    Great thread.

    Me too. I'm still fairly new to quilting (2 years) and have only done SID. Well I did get "fancy" once and put "X's" in the squares! LOL

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    Love this link! Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    There's a book by Sally Terry called 'Hooked on Feathers' which shows a great technique to make feathers without backtracking. I practiced a lot on paper first, this really helps with all FMQ - but I find this method much easier than the conventional back tracking feathers?
    I love the look!!

    I have always wanted to try to do feathers but for some reason I am a little intimidated by them. Dont know why they can not be any harder than laying out a set of flames on a H-D tank. :roll:

    But practicing on paper is the easiest and best way to learn how to do any FMQ. I always practice on butcher paper in my studio to see if my ideas will flow just right.

    The next quilt I am working on will be a hot rod themed quilt for my Dads Christmas present and the quilting will be multiple layer flames within flames. Which should be really easy to quilt continually.

    And thank you for the links they were really helpful!!

    Billy

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    I too get sacred to try feathers. And I love the look of them the best. I may try it and none are the same in reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee
    I too get sacred to try feathers. And I love the look of them the best. I may try it and none are the same in reality.
    I know exactly how you feel, I was the same and I had a practice with the traditional feathers but my backtracking just wasn't good enough to satisfy me! :shock: I can't recommend the Sally Terry method highly enough - I did lots of doodling on paper first to get into the swing of it. This is invaluable as it trains your brain to do the movement. Basically, whatever you can draw with pencil and paper, you can 'draw' with needle and thread. When I first tried it on a practice sandwich, I was amazed at how quickly I got the rythmn of it. And once you've mastered the basic feather, there are all sorts of variations in the book to inspire you. :-D

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    I have done some machine quilting with pattern copied on the copier, pinned to the qilt, and stitched through the paper then torn paper off. There is not as much shifting of the layers and my drawing ability is nil so not necessary to try. I did a chain on the borders and it was really quick to quilt the full length of the quilt this way.

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    I love a large meander, stippling,FMQ, whatever you want to call it, I have done 40 quilts using this method and I never get tired of doing it or seeing it. Once in a while I will do some straight line stitch about 1/4 - 3/8" away from the seam and I like that also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortoisethreads View Post
    I have to admit I'm tired of stippling. I either hand quilt or machine stipple. I have not tried anything else because this seems to be the IT thing. I do love it when I'm done and so does everybody else, but it's all I do. I started to tie a quilt today just to try something different. I need ideas for other machine quilting patterns.
    Go to Leah Day's website, she has hundreds of designs available for free or you can buy her books. daystyledesigns.com

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