Hi, hope everyone is having a great holiday season. This is another begining quilter question. I have been reading about leaving a 1/4" between the seam and hand quiltling stitches, why a 1/4" ? I recently started a hand quilted piece leaving the 1/4" space between the seam and the stitches, but I didn't like the way the seam seemed to "tent" up. The seam didn't lie flat. I then quilted it about an1/8" from the seam and liked the way it looked. Is there a practical reason for leaving a 1/4" space?