Meander

Contrasting thread and backing
Doodling or meandering with free motion quilting.

 

Quilt meandering refers to a type of random stitching pattern that will add texture to the quilt surface. It can be done by hand or by machine.

Below is a photo of a machine quilting sample. The meandering stitch is in the center of the piece.  I used my machine’s darning foot attachment to quilt this stitch.  I dropped the machine’s feed dogs so I could move freely when quilting this design.  Sometimes I also like to use a “slider” on my machine.  If you would like to purchase the supreme slider for free motion quilting, click here.

The stitching toward the bottom of the photo also appears to be random, however the stitches are a little different. These stitching lines cross over each other. I refer to this stitching as stippling. (Often the terms “meander” and “stipple” are interchangeable.)

In this close-up photo, you can see the quilt meandering stitches on the fabric. These were done by machine using a darning foot. There’s no pattern to follow; just doodling!

 

quilt meandering
quilt meandering
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quilt meandering
meandering
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