One of the quilting forums that I visit on Facebook (celebrate hand quilting) has had some discussion about stippling. I have been doing a lot of stippling on the whole cloth quilt that I am working on so I thought I would write about it again.
There are many ways to do stippling, random, meandering lines (like machine stippling) in an orderly pattern, many variations. I use stippling to flatten out the quilt around the areas that I want to stand out.
I do the stippling by simple echo quilting around the motifs very close together, less than 1/16″ but I don’t mark or measure.
Here is the area of the quilt I am working on today.
you can see that I am going around the edges of the space to be filled with stitches very close together. I am using a #11 John James needle and YIL quilting thread. I think you can also see the marking from the grid in this picture (I find it easier to mark the grid over the entire top even in the areas where the grid will not be stitched)
here is a picture that shows the other side of the area that has more of the stippling filled in
The overall look has some texture, which reminds me of an orange peel, and makes the non stippled areas stand out more.
Here is a picture of the look without the addition stippling
Lots more quilting to go!
I am also stippling around the edges of the quilt
The bias binding will follow the curves that follow the feathers around the edges.
This is not something I would do on every quilt because I think it would be lost on a printed fabric, but I think it is great on a solid fabric. It takes some time but it is not difficult to do. I am all for any quilting that I don’t have to measure and mark!
Here are more pictures of the quilting (click pictures to enlarge)