Saturday, September 29, 2012
Quilting in the ditch was the least preferred method when I began quilting way back when. Have to admit I felt guilty every time I've resorted to it since. But I was delighted when I read an article about it in my new American Quilter magazine. I learned a few new tricks, which usually involve "unlearning" some old rules. One starts at the outer edge of the quilt, not the center, and bastes 1/4 inch all around. Then moving inward, stitch in the ditch all the borders, then the sashing, and finally within the blocks. Also gave some tips on thread...finest possible...and needles...#70...needle position to the right...and more.
Well, I put on some country music and put the pedal to the you-know-what and before I knew it, quilted the whole darn thing this afternoon. I used a decorative stitch in various colors for the Color Block Challenge blocks. That took the longest, but it highlighted each block so well. Now all that's left to do is bury those threads and get an ice bag for my aching neck. But it was worth it.