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Valley of the Sun Quilters   Off-Topic Chat

Started 8/20/15 by KSCarolyn; 1572167 views.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


YDritch said:

Wish I had begun with meandering instead.

For the next time you do a meander (which I personally think is the most terminally boring design in the world), turn it into a ribbon meander.    It's so easy, any one can do it. 

You do a regular, standard meander.  You know, the boring path that looks like a jigsaw puzzle.   You create the meander in one, long, continuous path.   

BUT THEN!!!  When you reach the end, don't stop!  FOLLOW your meander back up itself by zig-zagging from side to side until you reach your starting point.  Where you start is the final stopping point.  When you are done, your boring meander now looks like a twisted ribbon! 

Sure, it takes twice as long to do because you are going back over the same path, but the final design is SO much more interesting than a meander.  Which is boring.  :-)

Here is what the final result looks like;
Fundamentals of Freehand Long-Arm Quilting

Looks complicated, right?  WRONG.   *One* of those lines is you basic meander.  The other line is just criss-crossing the meander line back to the staring point.

This is an excellent 53 second video that shows how it is done.  In this video, the basic meander has already been done.  Now comes how she criss-crosses the meander to create the twisted ribbon:      This is exactly how I do it.   

The most difficult part for me is getting the basic meander to look right because it's random and I don't do random so well.  :-)


From: Misha (MISHAMISHA)


Yes, I love the ribbon. Have used it a couple of times on baby quilts. 

One of my favorite quilting books the author mentions that any time you go over something twice it looks better (or something like that) and she is definitely right.  One line looks like a kindergartner drew it (crooked, goofy, whatever) the 2nd line somehow makes it look artistic.  I've gone with that theory many times while quilting.


From: YDritch


Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

For the next time ....

Being a little presumptuous, are we?




Oh, I really like those!!  My go to is meander-LOL- but could slip some of those in!!




Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

you do a meander (which I personally think is the most terminally boring design in the world),

I know, LOL, but when I get to quilting charity quilts, I just want them done!!

All longarm frames are different so I would need to see a photo of your frame. I just got home from the shop but will text you a photo of what I do on my frame. I saw this year's ago ona Sharon Schamber YouTube video and the first time I used it I was like WOW!!!!

I watched the video but not completely sure how it works. Or how to translate to my frame. Need to watch it again on a bigger screen I think. Thanks for sending


From: LindaPutt


I'm glad you can hear again Carolyn - amazing!  I hope the surgery on your back will turn out really good too.