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Thread: Show me a picture of what you think stipling should look like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I don't know if will help you but I hum YMCA to give myself shapes to aim for.
    LOL! I talk to myself mentally. Does that count?

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    I tell my quilters to imagine drawing puzzle pieces. Some of them have their own ideas and one imagines drawing dog bones and another draws gingerbread men!! Just relax and keep your curves curvy and it will all be ok especially when washed!

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    My son, who does my LA quilting on a Gammill, refers to his stippling as "jig saw puzzle pieces" and he can go from teeny tiny to bigger, whatever I have in mind for the quilting. I have several sheets of patterns, but we both still prefer the "free hand" or "stippling" patterns. My sister, who comes over to do her own quilting on my big machine, prefers "free hand" too, but she likes to add circles into her patterns. My son is left-handed, so he says he can't work the circles into his designs. He is just lazy, I tell him......
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    my own stippling looks "eh, ok" on the top. several times tho I have had to pick out ALOT of it due to birdsnest thing on the bottom. now I'm afraid to do it at all. so I have 4 tops done for the kids that I am too afraid to do. If I had any money they would be at a longarmer's home right now. I am going to try on some mugrugs next week and see if I can't get it right. Is this a problem with tension? Nice examples of your work have been posted and I look forward to tips. pretty please
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    just found a thread addressing this very problem-tension and fmq. I will check there for help
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    All of them look great to me. This is from someone that has never done it.
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    To cheerio. the birds' nests, etc. are a tension problem--my son's answer to that is to use the same thread for the bottom that you use for the top; do a sample run before you do your quilting; there is a certain way to put the bobbin in, try it out, let it hang from your hand and fall free (not so good at explaining here); try it and see what happens. If you still have questions, PM me, and I'll have Bryan try to explain it to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    This is a meander but you can go bigger.
    Mine looks like this only a bit bigger. Maybe I'm just too critical of myself. The only difference is my stitches aren't an even width and these look alot more consistent. If I'm only using a regular sewing machine is that just how it is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonitagaye View Post
    Do you see the Leah Day articles? check out her stipple tips! I think you draw a line and then stipple over it. More or less curvy...check out what she says!
    I tried hers. And she has a great one where you follow a pattern that is in rows, but doesn't look like rows, that is unless I do it. Whoever said it is like different handwriting for each person is right. I do think that part of the problem with some if the Utube things like Leah Days tutorials is that they aren't trying to this with a regular sewing machine and they will have better results of course.

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    I guess mine is meandering. Sorry


    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    The "pure" definitation of stippling and meandering is in the size. Meandering is the larger shapes as shown in most of the examples above. Stippling is the same shapes but much much smaller shapes very packed together.
    Many quilters will get a meandering stencil and mark a few times to get the rhythm of the design until it comes naturally to them. Meandering should give the impresson of no specific design but an all over coverage of the quilting
    To some the motion comes easy, to others (like me) it is amost like trying to rub your head while rubbing your stomach. I find in class that many students try to create a specific pattern - such as frame but the designs hould move across the surface with no distinct pattern created but just to see an all over background fill.
    One problem most have is "backing themselves into a corner" with no place to go especially in triangle areas. there is a good illustration of meandering in triangle areas in the book "Trapunto By Machine" by Hari Walner

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    cherrio, why don't you post the link for the thread. It would be helpful. Thanks

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    Gingerbread men, YMCA, dog bones, puzzle pieces - great ideas! These are helpful visual tips that I can definitely "get" - not being able to take classes or hangout with/talk to other quilters IRL is sometimes a bummer. Another reason why I love this board!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zyngawf View Post
    Mine looks like this only a bit bigger. Maybe I'm just too critical of myself. The only difference is my stitches aren't an even width and these look alot more consistent. If I'm only using a regular sewing machine is that just how it is?
    I have a Bernina with a stitch regulator so a consistant stitch length on our domestic sewing machine without one takes lots of practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinkie View Post
    This is some of the stippling I have done on my Singer Featherweight. What I have in mind when I am doing FMQ stippling is thinking about puzzle pieces. It works for me.

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    I don't quilt, I only piece, but I just wanted to tell you this is a beautiful table topper! Everything about it says "gorgeous". The colors pop, and your work is excellent...the stippling is flawless!!! I would pay big bucks for that!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zyngawf View Post
    I tried hers. And she has a great one where you follow a pattern that is in rows, but doesn't look like rows, that is unless I do it. Whoever said it is like different handwriting for each person is right. I do think that part of the problem with some if the Utube things like Leah Days tutorials is that they aren't trying to this with a regular sewing machine and they will have better results of course.
    I have watched Leah Day tutorial on stippling. Still could not get it to look right. Looks like there are skipped stitches. I ordered the $50 Ultilmate Quiltilng Kit (Supreme Slider, bobbin washers & quilting gloves) to see if this will help. Can't wait to receive it in the mail.

    This is a picture of my stippling, don't know if you can see it good enough.
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    What a funny Mardi Gras lobster quilt! The beads look 3D.......possibly added later? Great job!

    Aside comment....I broke 9 Organ needles yesterday trying to FMQ...Finally slowed down, and it was better, but would take a month of Sundays to free motion anything...plus the bottom stitching looks like it just lays there , while the front stiching is really nice on my Juki...It will be awhile til I waste that much time again, I'm afraid. It will remain just SITD...

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    PS.I have the small slider and it works great...You will enjoy the whole kit, I'm sure...

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    I do what I call a large stipple. I love doing it and I love the look. As long as I like it that is all that matters to me.
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    This was one of the hardest things for me to learn on my longarm ... I finally figured out that I'm a loopy loo kind of gal -- I like being able to cross the lines and I even have graduated to hearts and stars every once in awhile. I did a polyester trip around the world quilt recently where I put freezer paper over the top of the quilt (once it was loaded onto the longarm) and using a sharpie I drew my meandering lines onto the freezer paper. I had to do it several times before I got a design I was happy with. Once I did that, I put it on the back table so I could follow it like a pantograph - it turned out pretty good - even if I do say so myself. Practice, practice, practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2 View Post
    Here's one I did.
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    I try to remember that I quilt with my face close to the fabric..but when its viewed by others, they are looking at the overall effect. I do quilt some for others. I do not have a computer on my long arm. I KNOW I make mistakes, so I tell my customers If you can FIND it, I will fix it. I have not had one come back yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingByCourtney View Post
    I was told to think of the end of a dog bone and just keep doing that over and over...I practiced on paper and that helped my hand to start learning a pattern because my brain always wanted my hands to do straight lines....so after I doodled on paper for a while I think it helped me...and I kept that image of the end of a dog bone in my head
    A gal in my guild, who has won ribbons in national shows said getting the moves down is a lot easier if you practice on paper, So I totally agree with this post

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    I have never done stippling ...do you use a frame when doing it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUBQ View Post
    What a funny Mardi Gras lobster quilt! The beads look 3D.......possibly added later? Great job!

    Aside comment....I broke 9 Organ needles yesterday trying to FMQ...Finally slowed down, and it was better, but would take a month of Sundays to free motion anything...plus the bottom stitching looks like it just lays there , while the front stiching is really nice on my Juki...It will be awhile til I waste that much time again, I'm afraid. It will remain just SITD...
    I fill the same way also. The fabric and thread that is wasted trying to learn can add up. I decide to make pot holder and hot pads for the children to practice on. Anything I give them with what is suppose to look like stippling they are just thrilled to death just rubbing their hand over it.

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