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deedum 11-02-2011 03:30 AM

Meandering or Stippling?
I seem to be doing a lot of meandering lately. Mainly because I haven't branched out much. I have done some stippling. I perfer the meandering and wonder which is more popular of the two. When do you use one or the other?

Murphy1 11-02-2011 03:35 AM

I think of stippling as covering a smaller area and meandering covering a larger area. One would be tighter and the other not so tight.

QuiltnNan 11-02-2011 05:01 AM

meandering gets the required area quilted. it can be larger as long as the batting's quilting requirements are met. stippling is usually used when you want to sew down a space to make another part of the quilt 'pop'

quilter42 11-02-2011 06:10 AM

I get meandering & stippling mix up please explaine the difference

Jingle 11-02-2011 06:13 AM

I just say I do a large stipple or meander, terms mean the same to me.

quilttiludrop 11-02-2011 11:53 AM

I believe the difference is that when stippling your lines do not cross.

When meandering your lines may cross. It doesn't make a difference whether its a small, medium or large pattern of stitching.

nativetexan 11-02-2011 12:02 PM

stippling is very tight and the stitched lines/curves don't cross. usually used to fill in backgrounds. meandering is more loose. you can cross and make loops too. meandering is usually for larger areas or the whole quilt. stippling would be too much tight quilting for a whole quilt.

Sadiemae 11-02-2011 12:03 PM

Also, stippling to me does not have added elements to it. My meandering can have all kinds of things added to it, i.e. leaves, hearts, bugs, flowers, whatever.

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