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Thread: Paths to Better Stippling/Meandering

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    Thank you very much

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    makes sense to me, I just start and go whereever I want, it is much easier to quilt a quilt freehand that to follow designs,

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    OK, I have been afraid to try but with your help and explanation I think I can do it too. I really say a big THANKS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg View Post
    Note to moderators: I think this qualifies as a tutorial so I'm posting this here, but if not, please move this post appropriately.

    I figured out a technique for stippling/meandering that is working better for me, and I thought others who are struggling with this may be interested.

    I've been FMQing for awhile now and feel pretty good at feathers and other designs, but stippling has baffled me from the start! Apparently I am so "Left-Brained" that I just couldn't meander... I would start out OK and then be "stuck" in no time, then I'd panic a bit, and it was over! So... I decided I was going to learn stippling no matter how much practice it took. For the past few weeks I've been following Leah Day's Wednesday quilting blog posts where she breaks down stippling into smaller components to get started.

    The second week a light bulb came on for me! Leah recommends stippling in "rows", but I thought that looked a little too row-like for my taste. So I was sitting with my doodle pad and an idea came to me. "What if I draw a VERY large, VERY simple stipple line first (like in Leah Day's very first stippling lesson), then follow that to stitch my stippling along instead of stitching in a row!"
    Step 1. First I mark a very large snake-like, u-shaped line on the surface of the quilt with a water soluble marker. (Refer to the blue line in the following drawing.)

    Step 2. Then I stitch my meandering back and forth across that line to fill the spaces as evenly as I can while doing an irregular meander. (The red line in the drawing.) This way I can ensure that I will be able to work my way around the whole quilt top without getting stuck in a dead end anywhere and I have a path to follow that doesn't look like I just followed a straight line.

    I got this idea from Leah Day when she was showing how she does stippling following rows across her quilt. That looked a little too "row-like" to me, so I decided to try following a snake-like line instead and I'm much happier with the results! This was the first quilt I did stippling on and I'm thinking that after I've had some more practice, I may not have to actually draw the first line to follow if I learn to visualize it better. For now, following a curvy line takes away the stress of having to figure out which way to go next.


    I'm pretty happy with how the stippling turned out on this one and will be continuing to work on it until it gets easier. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...r-t176738.html

    Hope you find this info helpful.
    Thanks a million,it is very clear with pictures than with words.I might have to try it myself.Thank you again.

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    WOW! Just what I needed! Thank you so much!
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    Looks like a great idea! Have to try this. Thank you.

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    I am going to try your idea as I was just trying to do this yesterday and finally quit and went on to something else. Just cannot keep my stitches even. Are you using a domestic machine or a long arm? Nice tutorial.
    Jeanne

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    Was trying Leah Day way yesterday and finally gave up due to frustration. I am going to try your method. Thanks.
    Jeanne

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    Wonderful!!!!
    Thank you!

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    Very helpful! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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    Awesome Tut thank you so much I'll do this from now on!

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    Thank you so much for this hint in stippling. I had so much trouble that I just quit doing it--I only do the stitch-in-the-ditch. Now I think I will try it again. You have given me courage to try again. Thanks!

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us. I'm going to try it next time I stipple and see how it works for me.
    Miss Rita

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    I have yet to try FMQ.
    This looks like a great way to attempt it.
    What is the difference between the 1/4" quiliting foot and the 1/5" quilting foot? I know it is somekind of size, but could someone explain it to me?

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    WOW! Thanks so very much!!!!!!!
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    This tute is great! Thanks for sharing with all of us.
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    This makes more sense than anything I have seen. I will certainly try it. Thank you.

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    How clever....thank you so much. I am new to machine quilting and want to meander, but was having a bit of trouble....(and that was on paper!).

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    What a great idea !!!
    I think this will be my big breakthrough !!!
    God bless you for sharing

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    Thanks for the tip! I'll try it next time I FMQ!

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    Thanks for the tip! I'll try it next time I FMQ.

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    Thanks for sharing. I am just started to stipple. This makes perfect sense and I can't wait to try.

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    That's wonderful! Thank you so much! I am going to try this first thing in the morning!
    Bonnie

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    Quote Originally Posted by dixie_fried View Post
    I like the way you do it! Leah's videos are fabulous, but, this makes it seem more doable in my mind.
    Thanks for your insight.
    ditto Thanks
    It all about the Journey!! Enjoy It

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    Thanks, I am going to fmq a baby quilt tomorrow with your idea.
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