Yesterday, I heard Ellen Anne Eddy talk about thread painting. She said that she would probably stitch a shape first then cut it out and sew it to a background to avoid the rippling. Ok, that must be the official way to do it, but I've been thinking that it would annoy me to work like that because I like working with the whole surface. I'm probably putting up resistance because I don't want to change my techniques. I know that the rippling (usually buckling in my case) will all quilt out.