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Thread: Paths to Better Stippling/Meandering

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    To conquer FMQ and actually finish something I gave myself permission to cross lines if it became necessary so now I loop the loop all over my quilts. I shall definitely try your brilliant method on my next quilt - I need to extend my repertoire. I'm also feather challenged even on paper!
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    I can not thank you enough for showing how you figured this out!!! I drew it on paper then used a disappearing ink marker to put it on a baby quilt, wow! That's all I can say!! I only did an 18x18 piece and then free handed from there! I am addicted! I have whipped thru 4 quilts that were stacking up with me dreading how I was going to top stitch them! Thank you , thank you, THANK YOU!!!!!!

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    I'm going to try this method of meandering (don't you just love that word?? :-))). Makes a lot more sense to me now.
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    Awesome, brilliant. Thank you for sharing. I'm a little left-brained (sometimes no-brained) myself. I'm so excited, I have been procrastinating on a project for the very reason you mentioned. Storm forward, I say, and don't look back.

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    This is one of those "slap my forehead and wonder why I didn't think of this" moments! Brilliant! I'm going to give this a try and I just happen to currently be working on a very large quilt that is getting an all over meander. Thanks so much!!

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    looks like you came up with a winner! Thanks

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    WOW-you are incredible! What a fabulous idea. I can't wait to practice. I love your technique. Thanks so much for sharing!
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    Thank You!!!

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    I certainly will try this method...thank you.

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    Dear Wendy, I am just getting into free motion quilting,often get stuck in a corner etc. this idea is great. Tomorrow I will use your advice and give it another go.Once again a board member is there with god advice.Thank you. Letty

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    What an absolute angel you are to share this with everyone! Many blessings to you and yours!!

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    Thanks so much for sharing your discovery. Your drawing is excellent and really helped me understand your technique. I am making a bag this weekend so I am going to try your stippling technique.

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    I started by buying up a bunch of old fabrics cheap at a Salvation Army Store. Think the whole box cost me $5. Then I started with the largest prints, and worked on quilting around those. As I improved, I worked my way slowly down to outlining the smallest prints. There were hearts to practice on, and plaids where I could do geometric work, solids for "fill in quilting", and vines to follow and outline. I ended up buying more cheap, used fabric and continued on. It saved me! Prior to that, I couldn't FMQ for the life of me, and I was getting frustrated with the tutorials, etc. I had to practice, practice, practice moving that material around, really getting the feel of it. Eventually I graduated to "sandwiched" pieces, and then to quilts. Yes, it was a long process, but it was what I needed to do for me to learn. It was even harder because I have peripheral neuropathy in my hands (numbness and tingling) and the fabric had a different feel to me than it might for other people. But now, I am praised for my quilting abilities.

    I also very, very much like Leah Day's suggestion of putting a serpentine line of quilting on a quilt, and then meadering back and forth over it. I just love her!
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    I do that with feathers and swirls works great

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    you can do the same with feathers

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    Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to try this method.

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    OMG! How incredibly elementary!Thank you soooo much, I am going to meander like crazy now!
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    Thank you for Sharing!

    Thank you so much. I'll bet Leah could have kicked herself for not thinking of this! I am a new meanderer and had the same trouble you did before your brainstorm. For months, I have done lots of research and reading regarding free motion quilting. No where have I seen this brilliant idea, not even from the best of the best quilters, so I kiss the ground you walk on! Endless possibilities, I'd say. Thank you AGAIN for requesting this be a tutorial and hats off to our fabulous moderator. What a wonderful site we have here. Quiltingboard.com is the best!

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    Very clever.. This will help me for sure, as I have struggled with consistency in my FMQ too. And who doesn't love Leah Day??

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    Whoo Hoooo!!!! Maybe this will be something that will take the fear out of learning to stipple and meander for me. thanks so much for posting this I think you made a lot of us quilters happy this morning.
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    Thank you for this post. I am also one who "stresses" over where to go next, but I don't hesitate to cross lines if I get myself into a corner! Seriously, your idea is absolutely wonderful, and everything seems to make more sense now!

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    That really makes a lot of sense! I just started learning FMQ and I think this will help alot. Thanks a bunch for sharing your insight!

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    Thank you! I like this method. i am going to try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacThayer View Post
    I started by buying up a bunch of old fabrics cheap at a Salvation Army Store. Think the whole box cost me $5. Then I started with the largest prints, and worked on quilting around those. As I improved, I worked my way slowly down to outlining the smallest prints. There were hearts to practice on, and plaids where I could do geometric work, solids for "fill in quilting", and vines to follow and outline. I ended up buying more cheap, used fabric and continued on. It saved me! Prior to that, I couldn't FMQ for the life of me, and I was getting frustrated with the tutorials, etc. I had to practice, practice, practice moving that material around, really getting the feel of it. Eventually I graduated to "sandwiched" pieces, and then to quilts. Yes, it was a long process, but it was what I needed to do for me to learn. It was even harder because I have peripheral neuropathy in my hands (numbness and tingling) and the fabric had a different feel to me than it might for other people. But now, I am praised for my quilting abilities.

    I also very, very much like Leah Day's suggestion of putting a serpentine line of quilting on a quilt, and then meadering back and forth over it. I just love her!

    I never thought of using printed fabric for practicing. What a great idea! I can actually start doing this is in a few minutes. No more classes, no more tutorials for now! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    I have been wanting to try fmq, but have been too chicken to try. Your way seems very simple and I can't wait to try it. I have a baby quilt top almost finished and I think I will try this on that. Thank you so very much for making this process less intimidating!

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