JamieCMilligan

Stitch in the Ditch or all over Meander?

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by , 10-24-2012 at 11:21 AM (751 Views)
Hey everyone,

I am a new quilter, 21 years old and I'm trying to teach myself how to quilt. I have attached an image of the quilt I am working on (it's a car seat quilt) for my God child that is due this December! Please let me know whether you think I should use a stitch in the ditch technique or an all over stipple stitch. Thanks for your input! It's much appreciated!

Jamie C.
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  1. Judith1005's Avatar
    If you still want an opinion, I vote for stitch in the ditch. It will let your fabric shine. (Which is sooo cute.) But, if you do go for all over meander, don't quilt it too densely or it won't stay soft. It will get a bit stiff. Really nice job on your quilt. The colors and pattern are perfect for a baby.
  2. JamieCMilligan's Avatar
    Thanks so much Judith! I really hope that the mother (and baby someday) like it! I am going to go home tonight and practice my stitch in the ditch and see where we are at that point. Thanks for the advice with the meander, I will for sure keep that in mind!
  3. Eunique's Avatar
    I, too,vote for stitch in the ditch. It's a great way to start. But if you would like some additional ideas, you might like this site: http://blog.petitdesignco.com/

    she has some great ideas for alternative stitch in the ditch patterns. Might be a good compromise, and will retain the quilt softness.
    Updated 10-25-2012 at 04:44 AM by Eunique (Typo)
  4. Andrea218's Avatar
    I really like your quilt top. How long did it take you? I'm working on my first quilt too. I finished the quilt top and basted the top, the batting, and the back together and then I started practicing with stitch in the ditch and with stippling. I found both to be way more difficult than I anticipated. I can't seem to get the hang of stippling at all. Practicing with the quilting techniques has me second guessing my choice of quilt backing. I'm using a high-loft batting and for the back, an anti-pill fleece. The top is all cotton. I wanted to make a very thick, fluffy quilt for my 6-year-old daughter, but now I'm worried that the fleece will give me trouble. Does anyone know of a machine quilting technique that would work with fleece? It's not too late to take it apart and re-select the backing before quilting...
  5. JamieCMilligan's Avatar
    Thanks Andrea! The top took a few evenings to put together, I work full time during the day as a Nurse. Stippling took me a few evenings of practice before getting the hang of it, and I haven't learned to SITD yet. My batting is a med-loft which is very warm, most people do not recommend high loft batting for machine quilting from the articles I have read. They recommend low-med loft for poly. I haven't worked with fleece before, I just used a heavy cotton backing for mine Happy quilting it was so nice to meet you and I hope to chat again!
  6. JamieCMilligan's Avatar
    Thanks Andrea! The top took a few evenings to put together, I work full time during the day as a Nurse. Stippling took me a few evenings of practice before getting the hang of it, and I haven't learned to SITD yet. My batting is a med-loft which is very warm, most people do not recommend high loft batting for machine quilting from the articles I have read. They recommend low-med loft for poly. I haven't worked with fleece before, I just used a heavy cotton backing for mine Happy quilting it was so nice to meet you and I hope to chat again!
  7. Judith1005's Avatar
    Make sure you read on the high loft batting package what stitch length is recommended and how many stitches per inch. It will make a difference. You could try a little spray glue to hold your fleece backing in place. (It does take practice to use.) Or, just pinbaste it. I've used fleece before and it has worked out well. Just try to use a good quality fleece. I've heard about others nightmares of using inexpensive fleece. (It doesn't wash well, it pills, does not hold up.) Better quality fleece is always a good idea. Good Luck with your quilt.

    Don't forget ladies, we want to see pictures of your finished quilts.

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