Monday, March 24, 2008

Stipple Quilting ~ Meander Quilting

I have asked so many people what is the difference between stipple quilting, and meander quilting. Everyone tells me that it is all the same. But....... it is not!

Stipple Quilting looks like a maze, or interlocking puzzle pieces. It is especially effective as a background pattern for applique shapes or quilted motifs. The most common form of stipple quilting is vermicelli quilting, an overall pattern of curving lines that look similar to slender, interwined pieces of vermicelli pasta Because of the density of stitches, it is suitable for filling in small areas in a quilt.

Meander Quilting is a free-flowing pattern of randomly stitched lines that can be used to fill either large or small spaces in a quilt. The stitching lines change direction frequently, and they do not duplicate themselves. The shapes of meander quilting can be as diverse as any found in nature; just as no two flowers or snowflakes look exactly alike, no two twists, angles, curves, or turns in meander quilting are ever identical.


Belém said...

Thanks for the information. I thought meander and stipple quilting had the same shape but diferent sizes. Now I know the difference :)

Norma Rose said...

Hi Belem, Thanks for your comment. I found a very interesting book that explained so many quilting terms. It is a Rodale quilt book: Easy machine quilting.;-)

Anonymous said...

I was always told that the difference between stipple and meandor quilting was the size. Stippling is a very TIGHT, random, curvy, free motion pattern. Larger versions of this are called meandoring. In either stipple or meandoring, the lines should NEVER cross.