Nancy Zieman, TV's Sewing With Nancy, shows how to stipple quiltsToday’s Sewing With Nancy online featured video is Fearless Quilting Finishes, Part 2. During this 30-minute show you’ll learn three quilting options: stitching in the ditch, decorative “tie” stitching, and stippling.

It’s easy to show stippling, but not as effective to write about it. After all, it’s the action that causes many to shy away from this particular quilting process. So, what better way to teach the technique than to watch Fearless Quilting Finishes! Plus, you can find all the details written in the book that accompanies this 3-part series, Fearless Quilting Finishes.

Stippling Review

Setting up your sewing machine is the first step in learning stippling.

  • Lower the feed dogs.
  • Attach a quilting foot.
  • Set the machine for a straight stitch.
  • Choose a thread that matches the background, or use a variegated thread as featured in the quilted project.
  • Use a needle compatible with the thread. With the thicker variegated thread, We suggest a topstitching needle—the large eye accommodates the thread.

Helpful notions

  • With the feed dogs lowered, you’ll be guiding and moving the quilt layers underneath the needle area. This is the motion or process that makes many people leery! Consider using a Supreme Slider on the bed of the machine. We use it since it helps the fabric move effortlessly under the needle. It has a Teflon top and a tacky underside that sticks to the machine.

Nancy Zieman, Sewing With Nancy, shows how to stipple quilts.

  • To help control the fabric, comparable to the steering wheel on a car, use a Quilt Halo. Position the halo on top of the basted quilt and slide it under the foot of the machine. Then, hold the sides of the notion using gentle pressure. The tacky underside of the Quilt Halo grips the fabric while giving you a sense of control.

Nancy Zieman, Sewing With Nancy, shows how to stipple quilts.Begin by stippling a small project

Choose a small quilting project for your first stippling adventure such as a placemat or small wall hanging, Then, move the fabric under the needle to create medium to even large “puzzle-end” shapes. Big shapes are okay, in fact that’s the best way to learn. Just be consistent in size.

Nancy Zieman, Sewing With Nancy, shows how to stipple quilts.

Or, stipple following the shape of the design as featured in the petals and leaves of the coneflower. It’s best to watch the process online!

Nancy Zieman, Sewing With Nancy, shows how to stipple quilts.

Here’s a reference to have close at hand

All the information shown in this 3-part series is written and illustrated in Nancy Zieman’s book, Fearless Quilting Finishes. 

Watch Fearless Quilting Finishes (Part 1Part 2 and Part 3on The Best of Sewing With Nancy.

The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman



For a chance to win a copy of the Fearless Quilting Finishes book from Nancy’s Notions, please tell us your favorite quilt finishing technique.

Happy Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

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