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Thread: help------please

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    Have just finished the top of my rail fence quilt --- pleased as punch as it is my very first attempt - now to the quilting part. What sort of a pattern would be suitable yet easy for a beginner to attempt.

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    Diagonals across the face of it.

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    Either Stitch NEAR a Ditch (just sew straight lines near your seams) or diagonals (Start at one corner and sew to the opposite corner. Use the corners of your blocks as a guide.)

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    Since it is made up of strips, stitching in the ditch is always the easiest. I am assuming you will be quilting by machine. Another idea is an all-over stipple or meander, but that takes a bit more practice.

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    I've hear that stitching in the ditch is quite hard to get neat - any tips

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    I've not done any quilting before so would a bit of practice first presumably would be a good idea

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    One thing I do is to stitch right outside of the ditch and use a decorative stitch, which because it isn't perfectly straight will help to cover up less than perfect stitches.

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    If your machine has the capibity to drop the feed dogs, why not try some free motion loops and lines?? Pin or spray baste your 3 layers together, start in the middle and work your way out, sewing with a nice medium speed. RELAX and just go with the flow......I find it fun to practice on a plain sheet of paper to allow the creativity to ''flow''. Think of gentile curves and loops like you are making eeee's or lllll's on the fabric.....have FUN!1

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    Instead of stitching in the ditch, you could stitch a straight line down the center of each rail. Masking tape makes a great stitching guide.

    Susan

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    Great tip ---- will certainly try this and will also try the decorative approach - feel nervous but excited - feel I'm almost a quilt maker

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