Question: If I were to baste a quilt with water soluble thread every 6-8 inches in each direction, would I then be able to do machine quilting from edge to edge rather than from center to edge? Please say yes!
I really dislike having to bury all those threads in my quilts. I'm already anxious to hear from you.
This is certainly a personal decision. I have always SID on sashing and blocks when I feel the quilt needs it.
I find that seams stay straight and sashing doesn't wobble and get crooked looking if I SID first. Sometimes it isn't needed though. For me it depends on the quilt.
I took the same C Needham class at Craftsy, and SITD ESS on my current project. I love how it turned out, and will probably do the same for the rest of my projects
Although I am not an expert, I agree with Candace.
If you are going to remove the stitces later, I would hand baste to anchor the block, then just pull the threads out. Otherwise you have to remember that you SITD is going to show as part of your quilting. Its really a matter of choice
A recent quilt I finished featured a lot of diagonal lines. I did not want the verticals and horizontals in the final pattern, but knew that I needed to stabilize the quilt prior to the diagonal lines in hopes of keeping it somewhat square. Water soluble thread was definitely helpful for that - allowing me to stitch near the ditch first, and then I could focus on the other long seams without issue. Same for the smaller in-block designs.
I make my fmq practice panels into potholders, so there's no waste.
I don't STID, I can't do it well and it looks awful. I prefer to do an all over meander for things like log cabin quilts and such.