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Thread: Which stitch?

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    Which stitch?

    Hey everyone,

    I am a new quilter, 21 years old and I'm trying to teach myself how to quilt. I have attached an image of the quilt I am working on (it's a car seat quilt) for my God child that is due this December! Please let me know whether you think I should use a stitch in the ditch technique or an all over stipple stitch. Thanks for your input! It's much appreciated!

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    Great looking quilt!! Have you ever stippled? If not, you can make some practice sandwiches and see if you like it. Stitch in the ditch is a good option too.

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    Stitch in the ditch is one of the harder patterns if you are using a long arm machine.
    Otherwise, either is good.

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    Either way it is going to be lovely. If you have never done either of them, try whichever appeals more to you. When I started I could not stitch in the ditch to save my life. I think that is why I like free motiong quilting so much. Good luck and great quilt!
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    Thanks for the input everyone! I've been working hard on this, and I'm trying to finish it by Sunday. I have been practicing the stipple stitch quite a bit, and I'm slowly getting better (I hope!) it's just daunting to me to free-hand the whole quilt.

    Any advice on the stipple stitch for a newbie?

    Thanks again!
    Jamie C.

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    Welcome to QB! Very nice quilt. How about a combination...stitch in the ditch along the cross hatches, and a simple flower design in each square? Please post a pic when you're done.
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    If you want to finish quickly, I'd vote for a largish stipple. A small stipple will take more time and make the quilt stiffer.
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    I agree, a larger stipple would be great. I love the way baby quilts look after they have been stippled and washed. Your quilt is lovely and the mom will always think of you when she uses this quilt. I have a quilt made for my son 40 years ago, way before quilting became what it is today. I can still visualize the quilt and her. Don't forget to sign it in some way.
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    If you want to finish quickly, I'd vote for a largish stipple. A small stipple will take more time and make the quilt stiffer.
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    Thank you for all of the input! I have only practiced stippling in a smaller design so I will have to go home and practice a large stipple. I need to figure out how to sign it

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    You have made a really great quilt. I'm not that good at meandering so I'll recommend stitch in the ditch. It's easier to do when first learning to quilt. Good luck.

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