> How do you stipple quilt? Is it done by hand or machine? How do you mark
> the fabric ready for stipple quilting?
> Wonder of wonders - I have just finished piecing a small wall*** and
> now I'm ready to quilt it. Many thanks to Sarah for her timely advice on
> assembling the layers. I haven't done any quilting for quite some time and
> there are so many new things to learn. I think stipple quilting would look
> nice on the sashing of my wall*** and I'm just a-raring to go!!
> Julie L
Stippling, Julie, CAN be done on the machine (or a version of it,
anyway). I believe "true" stippling started as a hand-quilting
technique (well, now, that's sort of a silly thing to say -- virtually
ALL quilting techniques started out as hand-quilting techniques, didn't
they? :-) ). In hand-quilting, it's simply putting in quilting
stitches, fairly close together, but not in a definite "pattern" such as
the grids or feathers we're used to seeing. The stippling flattens the
place where it's used, and makes the not-quilted stuff stand out better.
In machine-quilting (I'm talking little-machine quilting, not
the big commercial machine stuff, which I don't know a lot about),
"stippling" and "meandering" are much the same thing, although I tend to
think of "meandering" as less-close than stippling.
It's a continuous line (the line of stitching is not supposed to
cross itself, but I think that's a silly rule, so I break it all the
time) which simply "meanders" over a space you want to flatten on the
quilt. For what it's worth, I wouldn't think sashing is really the
place for stippling. I often just "draw" a free-hand "vine" down the
"sash", and add some little leaves or 4-pointed flowers as I go (dunno
if that's a description which makes any sense at all).
I use stippling (remember, newbies, to PAY ATTENTION to what
Harriet Hargrave says and DO YOUR PRACTICE SQUARES before you start in
on your quilt) in bigger places, such as a snowball block with a plain
center, which just CRIES OUT for a flower, or something. I "outline"
the flower (after having drawn the outline on; that's about all the
marking I do, these days) with free-motion stitching, and then stipple
where I want to have some shadow in the flower, for example ... and in
the "background" of the block, so the flower will pooch right out, and
stand up to be counted.
Be Ware, however. I've found that a little stippling goes a
long way, especially if you're working with invisible nylon thread. It
can make that part of your quilt a little "stiff".
Hope this makes sense, and
Sarah in Las Cruces, NM