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Thread: Stippling vs circles

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    So, as I said before, I am brand new to Free Motion Quilting. As I'm practicing, it seems like doing circles is much easier than stippling. But when I see other's quilts, 95% are stippled. Is there something I should know about stippling?:-) What do all of you prefer?

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    It is quilter choice. If like doing circles then that's what you shoud do. Thank you for the idea, by the way, as I have not tried circles before.

    With stippling you just keep wiggling and moving around filling in space.

    Joey

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    If the circles you are doing are small, it is called "pebbling", I believe.

    There is no reason why you cannot do circles, if that is what you are more comfortable with. Stippling does take a little more practice to get an even flow.

    Keep practicing!! You will be an expert before you know it!

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    I also like to do squiggles. They look like a capital L, reversing some of the loops.

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    k, great info! I guess I'll try to master "pebbling" before attempting stippling!

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    could anyone post a pic of the circles or pebbling? I would love to see it, I really want to become good at free motion. Made several attempts, but not ready to put it on my work at this point! Thanks

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    I would absolutely love to see some pictures as well. I have not yet tried this but really really want to! I am making my nephew a quilt for his baby (my siblings are much older than I! LOL) anyway I'd like to do this to his quilt and would love to see pictures....thanks!!!

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    I am making my nephew and his wife a baby quilt too, their first. Pebbling would be adorable I think.

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    In my opinion, I only use pebbeling when making a wallhanging, because it makes the quilt very stiff. I make my circles very small. I can not imagine covering myself with a quilt that was pebbled. But that is my opinion only. This picture is not mine, but I found it around. The pebbling is the tiny circles between the leaves. When I do it, my secret is to aim all the pebbles to be exactly the same size, and as a result I get a very smooth difference in sizes.


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    i agree that pebbling is not meant for a utility quilt.

    any type of micro quilting is only meant for art quilts/show quilts never for utility quilts - its just to stiff.

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    Oh, I guess pebbling isn't what I was doing. Mine is a curvy line, then circle, curvy line, then circle. I've had it "professionally" done on my quilts before and I really like it. The circles are bigger than that picture too.

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    Super Member Maride's Avatar
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    You may be refering to loops. It is very often done by longarmers. I love this for baby quilts and other utilitarian quilts.

    Maria

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    I'm planning to try stippling on the quilt I'm working on now....I will have to practice first...Have done very small pieces but never a whole quilt. Mine will be about 45x55 so it's more a throw than a quilt. I made a window frame around a 9x11 fabric, so only thing I think I can do is stippling inside the frame. I usually hand stitch, but will try machine stippling on this. Wish me luck !

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    thanks, apparently it isn't for me at this stage of the game! Thanks for posting!

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