I got a new catalog in the mail which had a variety of quilts offered. Prices range from $99 to $120. The 'expensive' ones were described as being "hand pieced and hand quilted'. The other ones were described as having "meticulous vermicelli" quilting.
Vermicelli - hum....isn't that a type of Italian pasta???? or is it a sort of rice????
Oh, wait- I think that word actually describes a worm - ugh! So I looked closely at their "worm track quilting" and lo and behold! It's just stippling? Who knew?
Sometimes I laugh so hard tears run down my leg! Lois
I get that mixed up with meandering. Always thought they looked the same---or maybe it is my eyes.
Made in China right? I have never seen a quilt sold in a catalog that was hand pieced - they may have put the pieces by hand on the machine, but not used hand stitches to put the pieces together.
I always thought there was a difference between stippling and meandering. Ok, so we need a longarm quilter to jump in...
Am I wrong or right? Meandering is larger than stippling but stippling lines do not cross over or touch each other and sometimes Meandering does.
Like a pattern with lines and loops is meandering?
These are all questions, now not answers. I am still in the learning stages also.
Lines do not cross for both classic meandering and stippling. The distance between quilting lines is either 1/8 or 1/4 inch maximum for stippling (I don't remember specifically which one). Generally meandering is the one where the lines are 1/2 inch or greater between the quilting lines. Meandering and stippling both look more like puzzle pieces. They don't look like wavy worms (there are patterns that do--a filler quilting design).
Loops with crossing quilting lines are mostly called "filler" quilting designs. There are tons and tons and tons of these type of designs. More than one "filler" pattern can be used in a background. Some but not all filler designs cross other lines of stitching.
Echo quilting is a line of stitching around a shape. There can be more than one echo. You can even "echo" around a quilted shape.
These types of designs are usually done freehand (not traced in any way, paper chalk, etc.). Some freehand designs benefit from some "placement" guidelines. An example of a placement line would be a chalked in straight line--when freehand quilting a design like a big loop then a small loop, the placement line could be used as a guide for the top of the small loops (placement lines help you judge distances).
All of these things I am describing are done with free motion (setting up your machine with the feeddogs down so you quilt easily moves under the foot of the machine). With freemotion quilting you control the stitching--the needle moves up and down while you position the quilt and control where the stitches are placed along with the size of the stitches.
Hope this helps!
I understand the difference - now if I could only be patient enough to learn to do the different types
I'm laughing with Lois at this description. Meticulous worm tracks! Bahahahahaaaa!
guessing this marketing ad was written by a non-quilter and possibly a non-English speaking person as well.
Jay Leno and Consumer Digest have humorous translated instructions from other languages.
I had lots if quilts decorating my classroom and our art teacher would send students down to see what quilters called "stippling". It's not what they called it.
I wonder if the stitches are big enough to throw a cat through.
So true, Evelyn. Stippling in painting is more like taking a lightly loaded round flat tipped brush and pouncing so the background peeks through.
Getting back to the original post - I did a little searching and found this
"Pioneering work in making machine quilting more acceptable was carried out by quiltmakers such as Harriet Hargrave and Barbara Barber, to name only a few. Following in their footsteps came a tidal wave of machine quilted quilts stitched with the now overused ‘vermicelli’ or ‘meander’ stitching, .."
from an article by C June Barnes that was published in 2000.
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See! You really do learn new things on this board. I had never heard the word "vermicelli" used in quilting: meandering- yes; stippling -yes.
Thanks Bozie for clearing up that phrase for me. Maybe I'll make a few 'worm tracks' on my next FM quilt.
Sometimes I laugh so hard tears run down my leg! Lois
If you want to get it quilted faster, you meander. If you have more time and want a closer quilting design, you stipple. You can do both in the same quilt. I have only stippled one quilt by machine (free motion) and the stitches were so close it felt stiff to me.
Learn something new everyday!
I can do what you can’t do, and you can do what I can’t do; together we can do great things.— Mother Teresa
Well now that we cleared that up! Thanks for the lesson!!
BTW-Vermicelli is my favorite pasta for spaghetti. I don't like the fat spaghetti noodles. Unless, they're flat like Fettuccine or broader noodles but those aren't for traditional spaghetti. Try it-I promise you will like it!!
NICU, I'm with you on the fat pasta...myself, I'm a fan of angel hair pasta. What kind of stitching do you think that would that be?
Wildcat- that could be angeling-ROFL!!
Quiltbea-excellent advice and an easy way to remember!
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