I would define meandering as covering space randomly without a precise pattern. For most quilters, it means this.
Meandering stitches up quick and sort of recedes from the eye, allowing the piecing of the quilt to shine through. Some people love meandering so much it's the only quilting pattern they use. And that's just fine - it's very versatile! However, if you want to try a meandering variation, you could stretch it out. This looks watery to me.
Make it pointy and it kind of looks like fire.
Loops make some easy meandering. I have an easier time with this pattern when I let some of the loops be double.
A popular loop variation is to throw in some stars with the loops.
You could meander with lines and angles.
You could use arcs. These make me think of bear claws. (Not the donuts. Actual claws on bears.)
Spirals make a great meander.
One thing I like to do in large areas of meandering is to add little sketches every now and then. Little presents for the recipient to find.
More than any other quilt design, your meandering will benefit from you sketching it beforehand. Fill paper. Fill lots of paper. Four whole sheets at least. There are some things you have to get the feel for - the "rhythm" of the pattern you're using, leaving even space between your lines, figuring out how to move around what you've stitched to what you haven't stitched, and figuring out how not to work yourself into corners. Paper costs so much less than fabric, sketch whenever you get a chance. Coloring with the kids? Meeting at work? Sketching a few times a week can really help your meandering; I have been sketching a lot more these past few months and I have been happy to see my meandering become smoother and more even.
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