I've used Stippling to connect circles together in Pumpkin Patch, and Pebbling together in Frog Eggs, but what about hearts? To add a little extra twist to a simple design, I decided to echo the hearts a few times just to see the effect it would have, and so we end up with Heart Ripples!
The cool thing about this design is you can easily expand the heart shapes so they cover large spaces of your quilt. Or you could keep the hearts small and allow the stippling to be the main focus of the design. There are really a lot of possibilities with this design so just have fun with it!
Difficulty Level - Beginner / Intermediate. This design is really easy! Start with a bit of stippling and then create your heart shape. Echo around the heart, hitting both the tip of the heart and the little dip that creates the heart shape. This will build up your thread slightly in these two areas, adding a little extra texture to the design.
Filler Design Type - Independent. These designs are formed independently of everything around them. This makes them a great choice for covering a whole quilt or for filling small, complex areas.
Directional Texture - No Direction. Stippling has a very flat texture when you quilt it densely, but the hearts will have a more flowing, fluid texture. Depending on which one you allow to be bigger (either the connecting stippling line or the hearts) this design could have either a very flat or a very moving texture.
Suggestions for Use - Looking at this design, I'm reminded of a red and white 9 patch quilt I have on the UFO shelf. This design, stitched in bright red thread, would be a wonderful way to finish that quilt because it will be fast and easy, but add a nice new heart design over the red and white fabrics.
Back of Heart Ripples
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