A Quilter's Alphabet

A Quilter’s Alphabet: Letter M for Measure and Meander

Hi friends!

Today in the A Quilter’s Alphabet series, Tammy and are chatting about the letter M!

I am going to explore the quilt terms Measure and Meander.

Measure

When measuring fabric, the amount of fabric amount refers to the length of the cut- for example 2 yards of fabric is 72″ of fabric. You measure that along the selvedge edge.

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, explains letter M quilt terms in the Quilter's Alphabet series!

The measure of the width of the fabric, or the crosswise grain, is usually around 40″ – 44″ for most quilting cottons and batiks. You measure that from selvedge edge to selvedge edge.

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, explains letter M quilt terms in the Quilter's Alphabet series!

For more about fabric grain, click here.

The best advice about measuring comes from an old construction adage: Measure twice, cut one!

Meander

Meander refers to an all over quilting stitch pattern. The pattern usually involves loose curvy lines that do not cross over each other.

It can also be called a stipple stitch, stipple quilting  or stippling. When people refer to free motion quilting, the first stitch one might think of is the meander stitch. There is no set design; you just meander over the quilt top!

I hope you have been enjoying the Quilter’s Alphabet series. Be sure to check out Tammy’s post on Miters and Mats!

Next week in our Exploring Quilting Basics series, Tammy and I will be chatting about partial seams!

happy quilting!

Kate

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2 thoughts on “A Quilter’s Alphabet: Letter M for Measure and Meander”

  1. It occurred to me that I recall back in the day Georgia Bonesteel used to end some (or all?) of her episodes on PBS with an quilters alphabet segment. It’s nice to see you bringing it back. Do you recall that or are you too young to remember Georgia?
    Really looking forward to receiving your Compass pattern I ordered yesterday 🙂

    1. Fran,
      I hope you enjoy Compass! and yes, I do remember Georgia Bonesteel! I actually had a couple of her books at one point and made a quilt for a cousin from one many years ago.

      Uh-oh- dating myself I guess!

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