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Thread: Meandering - It exhausts me!

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    Meandering - It exhausts me!

    I have an HQ16. Generally I do "quilting for dummies" - groovy boards - or use the rulers for making shapes. I have been practicing feathers and finally figured out what works for me. All of that is fun and gives me pleasure but I HATE meandering. It makes me tense and exhausts me. I looks like it should be relaxing and my DILs love to do it thought I frequently holler down the stairs, "Slow down!"

    I made a Twister baby quilt from Dr. Seuss fabric for my first grandchild. My son says, "You are going to use the all over squiggly lines to quilt it, right? That will look so Dr. Seuss like." So, I am. The shower is tomorrow and I hated the thought so much I put it off until this morning. After less than an hour I had to take a break.

    Does anyone else have this problem? I can go for a couple hours at a time using other methods but this one just wears me out. I am not tense. My shoulders and back don't ache.

    Okay, back to the dungeon - basement with quilting machine.

    Hope you all are having a great morning.

    Mary

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    I love the look of stippling, but don't care to do it myself. I find it boring. I don't mind meandering with lines/loops/hearts/leaves, etc. It seems to go faster and I am usually just as happy with the results.

    I test drove an HQ16 at a quilt show a couple of years ago...wish I had one!

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    Yes! I don't care for doing it on my domestic, can't answer for the HQ16. Might be the ADD, haha, like Katie said if you can change it up a little. Idea! What about hiding things in it?
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    I do meandering on my old Kenmore and am always amazed at how quickly I can get a 50 x 50 quilt done. What I don't like are other patterns that require me to actually think and plan.
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    Its just one of those things ... some people love it, others hate it. I'm one that loves it - BUT I only like very small or micro stippling, large stippling drives me nuts.

    I also test drove both the HQ16 and the Tiara (same machine - different badge) and LOVED it and want one!!
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    i love it but i agree on a dm it is very tiring especially on my back

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    I enjoy the meandering, of course I only do it on tablerunners, baby quilts or throws. It goes fast.
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    i've never been able to get the hang of meandering. i avoid it at all costs
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    Meandering is my fall-back "I don't know what to do on this quilt" pattern. I enjoy it, and find it goes really fast and uses less thread than other designs (that's the larger meandering, as opposed to stippling). The only part that stresses me out is if my thread matches too well, and I have to keep checking closely to make sure I'm not going to cross lines or leave a big gap. If I can see the thread, I can stand up and relax (I have an HQ16 too - love it!).

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    ICK on meandering. You are not alone. I get myself into corners and all sorts of trouble. For something FAST I will do a vine and leaf. I have a very old HQ16 and love it. She is currently in the shop getting a spa day.

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    Mine is an "old" HQ16, too. My frame is TERRIBLE. The poles droop so badly.

    I think part of my problem with meandering (not stippling, shudder!) is that it is too dense. I am not one for heavy quilting. I have seen what I think are beautiful quilts but I think the quilting is too dense and distracts from the quilt.

    I finished it in about 30 minutes more but I have three places were I looped over the thread and there is a small wrinkle in the batting right in the middle of it. Sigh....Each one is a learning experience!

    I also may have problems with it because it requires me to look at the quilt and I don't like a lot of light and sometimes can't see where I have been quickly enough. I think it is just not for me in large quantities. It had been a year since I had done a quilt with it and hopefully it will be a couple years before I have to do it again!

    Thanks for your comments and support.

    Mary

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    Try putting on some music and meander to the beat of the music. It might help make you enjoy it more. I've heard that a glass of wine before quilting helps you relax - never tried it but it might also help. Keep you mind on the precious little baby who will be using your quilt.

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    I had the 'where do I go next?' issue. I was always meandering myself into a corner. I finally got a white board and practiced while watching TV. That helped a lot.
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    Are there 2 kinds of meandering. The small type in specific areas. And the large type which. Goes all over the quilt top. I prefer the second large type and using music or a tv program are great. I made a scrappy quilt and quilted it to the sound of a tennis match. It looked just right for the quilt because it ended up being. Large swoops from one side to the other in starlight curved lies .
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    I only do meandering on quilts that I can't figure out any other way to quilt them...and most of the time won't just meander, but do meandering with loops, swirls, stars, flowers...anything to make it not just a meander.

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    Alleyoop, I do use my mp3 player to help keep me steady. Wine might be a good idea and though it was 5:00, it was a.m. and I really think that is a little early for wine!! LOL

    PaperPrincess, I keep practicing feathers and other things on pieces of paper but not meandering. I did practice this morning while I was waiting on my husband to leave for work. It probably helped it look okay but it didn't help me with the exhaustion of the job!

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    Meandering is what I mostly do too. I seem to get into trouble when I try stippling.

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    Are you meandering towards yourself or away? I am most comfortable meandering towards myself so I can see where I am going. I can do all right going left and right as well but backwards? Forget about it! I try to do a meander where I can easily judge the distance between the loops. 1/4 inch for stippling, 1 -2 inches for meander where I can judge the distance well with my eye. What I really hate is to start out with one distance and then when I compare where I finish, it is a different distance so I am really careful about that.

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    I love doing and the look of the large stipple I do on one of two of my DSM. I can't get the hang of the small stipple. It would draw the quilt up too much for my liking. I don't like a densely quilted quilts either. Different strokes for different folks.

    Good luck getting it finished in time.
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    My last finished quilt I did loop de loops with hearts, seemed to go faster than stippling. I feel freer doing loop-de-loops than trying to remember with stippling not to cross over the lines.....
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    Diane Guydinski [?spelling] calls it mittens and Mickey Mouse ears. Some other quilters just practice what comes to mind: flame-like, flowery, or angular. If you are still learning then don't worry about crossing the lines. It is too stressful.

    Try drawing it several times before you actually do the quilting. If you want use an air erasable pencil to draw on your quilt top.

    I think you are just tensing up too much. Have fun with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryLane View Post
    I think part of my problem with meandering (not stippling, shudder!) is that it is too dense. I am not one for heavy quilting. I have seen what I think are beautiful quilts but I think the quilting is too dense and distracts from the quilt.
    If you think it is too dense, don't do it so densely. You can do any design on any scale. If you don't like the lines 1/2" apart, make them 3" apart instead. It doesn't need to be heavy quilting.

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    I do agree it is boring and it is really harder to do than other designs.

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    The one thing I like about meandering is that it doesn't take much planning and it goes fast. It's more fun if you throw in stars, hearts, leaves - anything you can do freeform. To keep the size and spacing of my meandering uniform, I think in terms of coins - a little loop around a dime, a medium size loop around a quarter, and a big loop around a 50 cent piece. Music and wine is a good idea too.

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    Meandering is what I do best. For me I like to take a breaks between rows.

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