Sunday, May 6, 2012

Quilting Along with Leah - Week 16 - Zippling

The latest Leah Day assignment is zippling. It is done in a similar fashion to stippling, but without any curved lines, just straight lines and angles. I tried and tried to work out the design first with pencil and paper, but it eluded me. So, I opted to skip mastering drawing out zippling and to go directly to the sewing machine. In order to ease my panic I opted to have fun with fabric and thread.

Close-up of Zippling Showing Off the Aurofil Variegated Thread


I purposefully selected black fabric and a lovely glossy Aurofil variegated thread in jewel tones. Much to my elated surprise I had no problem zippling when I attempted it at the machine. If sharp angles and straight lines make sense for a quilt, zippling will be my choice.







I did zipple in rows. I found it more difficult to hide my rows with zippling than with stippling. I can detect channels between several of the rows.


Full View of Zippling Showing Gaps in Rows

9 comments:

  1. Oh those thread colors look so terrific on the black~ very nice Gwyned ~ thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Nothing like black to make brights truly pop.

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  2. I see the channels, but it still looks great! I don't know why, but I have been putting off trying this design. It scares me a little bit. Maybe tomorrow. Your's looks pretty cool, reminds me of hieroglyphics.:)

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  3. I hadn't thought of hieroglyphics, but I see it. Quilts with an Egyptian theme were quite the rage about 15 years ago. May it is time do one and use zippling as the filler stitch.

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  4. Love your quilting, great thread choice. I think you only see "channels" because your looking for them. I don't think it would ever be noticed on a quilt.

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  5. That Aurofil looks SO cool on the black fabric. I agree with Pat - the channels are only noticeable when looking for them.

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  6. The perfect match-up: black fabric, Aurofil variegated and zippling! Superb! The phrase "like a duck to water" comes to me. You have definitely taken right to that pattern.

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  7. I do have a tendency to scrutinize my work. It is easy to find flaws when you know where to look. But I also want ti figure out what works and what doesn't for any given quilting pattern. Sometimes what appears as a flaw at first glance can be used to an advantage if looked at differently. There may be a time when channels would make a great accent. :)

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  8. I am rather fond of that Aurofil thread. It has a wonderful sheen and I love how short the variegation lengths are. As for the channels, I'm not thrilled by them. However, you can never tell, there may be a time when channels could be an asset.

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