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Thread: Machine Quilting Question

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    Machine Quilting Question

    As an alternative to stitch-in-the-ditch, I am stitching 1/4" away from each 8" block seam going both directions on my granddaughter's quilt. It looks ok. My question is: do you ALWAYS stitch on BOTH sides of each seam? If you do both sides, it is twice the quilting, time and thread. Just looking for opinions. Thx!

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    you do not HAVE to stitch on both sides- that is a personal decision- some people do- some people only stitch on one side (either the outside- or the inside) consistantly. other's stitch right on the seam- the quilting can be done any way you want it- and the distance/density of quilting is dependant on the batting- some batts require quilting every 2" others allow up to 10" between quilting lines- you need to follow the recommendations to the point of quilting at least as close as it says is required. more is ok- less can cause your batting to separate & ball up in your quilt with use & laundering-
    so see what the package says you need to do and the decide how you want to quilt with in those perameters.
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    Thank you. I'm using Warm & Natural, so fine there. Just wondering what others prefer for appearance.

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    The only kind of quilting I do is straight line quilting on my vintage Bernina with a walking foot. I sketch a "map" on paper for my quilting before so that I can end and begin a line of stitching at an edge of the quilt. I tape the map on the wall above my sewing machine before I begin. Starting in the middle and alternating lines minimizes distortion or stretching. I have a book that showed how to do this. Harriette Hargrave is the author, but I'm sure there are others.

    I love the look of stitching 1/4" away from the seams, too. Do you cut the thread after you stitch each block, or do you find a way to hide the transition to a new block?
    Elizabeth

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