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The meditations of a long distance stippler!

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Hopscotch by Camille Roskelley, made with Terrain by Kate Spain with iris and white solids, stipple quilted in white and bound in iris.

I started quilting Hopscotch last night – using white thread and just stippling. I decided that this is a quilt that has more than enough going on without any Miss Fancypants quilting.

I was tootling along, with a nice book on tape, completely in my own little world….and was surprised on deciding that I could do with a cup of tea to find that it was the middle of the night. The evening had gone by in a delightful flash of meditative stippling!

I love stippling – there’s enough going on that I have to concentrate, but at the same time it’s soothing and repetitive – all those lovely curves and swirls. It soothes my soul. I’m always very mellow when I’ve been stippling, just as long as the sewing machine hasn’t been playing contrary fairy.

I really like how this quilt turned out. I spent way longer dithering over the colour scheme than I normally would on a quilt, but it was worth every minute. The iris solid is just absolutely right – even if it is very unforgiving and the purple/white contrast shows up every tiny error.

Never mind, it’s done. I sat happily on the sofa and sewed the binding on this afternoon – one of my fave parts – love that clean, crisp, tidy edge….and hey presto….

On to the next project I guess!

Have a great weekend!





10 Responses to “The meditations of a long distance stippler!”

  1. Nicole Says:

    Beautiful! I can’t believe you stayed up all night stippling! I would have been found with my head on my Bernina when the family got up in the morning. What a gorgeous quilt you have there.

  2. Lush Says:

    Wow Helen!! Way to go!! Congratulations on the finish, it looks fantastic.
    Have just moved my machine downstairs, so I am hoping this will help with motivation etc.
    I need to practice my stippling, will have to pull out a few not so precious bits & have a go.
    What’s next for you??

  3. Katy Says:

    Yay, it looks fab, well done for getting it all done 🙂

  4. Danny Says:

    It turned out fabulous! Congrats on the finish. I never thought of listening to a book on tape while quilting. I usually just talk to myself… I’m thinking listening to a book might be healthier!

  5. CarlaHR Says:

    What a lovely quilt Helen – I really love the way the stars get formed. The colours are gorgeous!!! I must try stippling – so far I’ve stuck with in the ditch.
    Congratulations on another finish!!!

  6. Vreni Says:

    It is worth every second of contemplation about colour choices. Your Hopscotch turned out stunning. I also always listen to a book on tape when I’m FMQ, actually, these days, no matter what I’m doing, I’m listening to books on tape. I love the fact that I’m “reading” and doing something else!
    So what is next?

  7. Dianne Neale Says:

    It turned out to be wonderful Helen. The stippling is just right. I love doing the quilting and binding – I can never understand why people leave quilts not fiinished – send them to me!

  8. diane stanley Says:

    This is the prettiest terrain quilt I have seen. I love the way this turned out.

  9. Tracey Says:

    Wow – to be honest, I didn’t really see the appeal of this quilt until it was quilted. The texture really makes the colors blend and stand out in interesting ways. It’s lovely!

  10. Kate Says:

    Love this quilt! Beautiful stippling. Any tips on stippling? I think I under-pin and end up with gathers on the backing. Which leads me to my next question. What is the backing fabric? I LOVE it!!!!!