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Thread: Pattern calls for a stem stitch, and I don't want to. - results on page 2

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    It's for the horse's mouths in those two wall hangings I made. You can see them here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-37992-1.htm

    I got lots of great advice about quilting them. The delay has been their mouths! :roll: I practiced a stem stitch and it looks bad. I'm not a graceful hand sewer. Bindings are my limit. :|

    So, I put the book "The Art of Landscape Quilting" on hold at the library and picked it up tonight. Fabric markers are used a lot in there. Is there any reason for me to not use markers for the horse's mouths? I think I'd baste--big stitches--in the spot to make sure I'm happy with where it is first.

    Please say it's a great idea. :D

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    My horses say it is OK. Yours are little cuties. I have behemoth belgians!

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    I rarely follow the directions, just do what looks good and what you like.

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    If you feel more confident with markers go for it. Do you have a couple of scraps of the faux suede left to practice on? My only concern with markers would be "bleeding". Anyway, I love your work, so don't forget to show us how it turns out.

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    Do what feels right to you. It's your quilt.

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    Use a straight stretch stitch on the sewing machine if you have one. It works really nicely for this type of requirement. It works kinda like a back stitch.

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    Barnbum,
    I may have a solution for you. You bring up the embroidery thread onto the front and take a matching sewing thread and take tiny stitches along the emb. thread on the design line. When you reach the end, just put the embroidery thread back down to the back and knot it off. (Same with the regular thread.) It is called couching and it looks great in place of a stem stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker
    If you feel more confident with markers go for it. Do you have a couple of scraps of the faux suede left to practice on? My only concern with markers would be "bleeding". Anyway, I love your work, so don't forget to show us how it turns out.
    Oh, good idea.

    Thanks for the ideas, everyone~

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    It is a GREAT idea!!
    I have seen it done alot.
    Go for it!!

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    Debbie Mumm uses those a lot in her quilts.

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