Why So Many of Us Can’t Stipple or Meander…

Free motion Quilting, Stipple stitch, Meander stitchAs I have mentioned many times, I want to Ban the Stipple quilting stitch and it’s larger cousin, the Meander stitch.  Now, I know many of you like these stitches, and it’s nothing personal…it’s just that every beginner is told to “just stipple”…

I did a quick Google search of how to stipple and here are some of the descriptions and directions:

  • “Stippling is closely spaced, random quilting lines that do not cross and are gently curved.”
  • “Draw Amoebas”
  • “It should look like a jigsaw puzzle.”
  • “Stitch a wiggling, meandering line that doesn’t cross itself.”
  • “Wiggle but don’t cross’

REALLY???? No wonder so many beginners get frustrated and quit Free Motion Quilting!

Stick with me a minute…while I share a story…

When my daughters were in high school, they were all life guards at our local swimming pool. Whenever one of the little Tykes started running on the wet pavement (very dangerous)-the life guards were instructed to shout “WALK!”… They didn’t shout “DON’T RUN!”…

Here’s the reason:  Our brain works fastest when we tell it what we SHOULD DO, not when we tell it what NOT to do…

Free motion Quilting, Stipple stitch, Meander stitch

Now back to quilting…

Instructions like:  Start on the bottom line, stitch straight up.  Stitch a half circle…we can all follow these directions….(especially when there’s a photo to go with it!)

Whereas instructions like:  Stitch amoebas, don’t cross over, wiggle…are much more difficult to follow.

So if you’re one of the many people who has trouble with Stippling or Meandering…you are NORMAL!  Just move on…there are so many choices…

Doodle to Design on Craftsy

 Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and is intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

The Mystery Quilt Epilogue AND Exciting News!

Owl, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

As you may know, the primary goal of The Inbox Jaunt is to take the fear out of Free Motion Quilting.  I try to do this every day by offering tips, techniques and ideas for you to try.

My second goal is to Ban the Stipple!–that (nasty) wormlike quilt motif that is so hard for some of us to stitch.…I try to do this every Tuesday with new step-by-step tutorials..

With my two goals in mind, I was thrilled when Quiltmaker Magazine (FW Media) asked me to do an online Webinar on free motion quilting.  I jumped at the chance.  On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 12:00 CST we go live with:

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

I am so excited to offer this course to talk about the essentials of free motion quilting. It’s chock full of tips and tricks, products and ideas….You know me…I could blather on for hours–Unfortunately, they’ve made me trim it back to under an hour (for now…) with time for live questions…

I really hope we’ll have a good showing from The Inbox Jaunt…so mark your calendars!

Owl, Free Motion Quilting

MYSTERY QUILT EPILOGUE

Now back at home…we’ve been finishing up our Mystery Quilt-a-long (Spool Samplers).

However, if your first grid didn’t leave enough room for YOUR thread collection…

Owl, Free Motion QuiltingJoin me in stitching another!

This time, I used a wavy line instead of the (oft-maligned) Zig-zag.

Since I’m also working on an owl tutorial for next week, I tried a sampling of different owl doodles…

Owl, Free Motion Quilting

Maybe you could do a sampler of leaf motifs…or flowers…don’t limit yourself to spools.  Just think of all the cool wall hangings you’ll have in your sewing room!

Owl, Free Motion QuiltingRemember, quilting should be FUN!…If stippling (or zig-zagging) isn’t fun…there are plenty of choices.

Also….mark your calendars!  March 18, 2015!

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

WHO, WHO, WHO’s excited?

Lori!

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

The Paperclip-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Paperclip, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Today we have a white fabric with gold stitching for you to try…(Just kidding!…Read more HERE.)

Sorry I missed you yesterday.   Monday is paperwork day so I don’t always have time to post.  Yesterday, I was busy organizing my files…and then pretty soon I wasn’t organizing my files…

Today I have a very easy and very versatile motif for you to try:  The Paperclip.  I’m sure you will agree–it sure beats filing papers and paying bills!

The Paperclip Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  (Remember, if you are stitching a border with two parallel seams, you don’t need to draw any lines…)

Begin stitching on the bottom rail.  Stitch up to the top rail and curve down.  Stop several stitches before the bottom rail.

Paperclip, Free Motion QuiltingCurve up and stitch parallel to the previous line of stitching.  Begin the downward curve.

Paperclip, Free Motion QuiltingStitch down to the bottom line and curve up again to begin the next Paperclip.

Paperclip, Free Motion QuiltingYou will quickly develop a rhythm.

Paperclip, Free Motion QuiltingContinue all the way down the border…I guarantee you won’t want to stop.

Paperclip, Free Motion QuiltingTo turn the corner, stitch to the end of the border and then begin on the closest rail.

Paperclip, Free Motion QuiltingTry stitching this motif very large…

Paperclip, Free Motion QuiltingAnd try stitching it at an angle….

Paperclip, Free Motion QuiltingThe Paperclip is very easy and would look great in any quilt, modern or traditional.

I really did not want to stop stitching it…

Perhaps I was just procrastinating…THE Paperwork Beckons…

Lori

PS…All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

PPS…This tutorial was stitched with Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin and Sulky 40 wt cotton on top, using Warm and Natural cotton batting on my BERNINA 820 (without a stitch regulator.)