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Thread: Stitching in the ditch, but....

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    Stitching in the ditch, but....

    Finally finishing this quilt I started for my son before life took a break to get crazy. It is finally basted. Took me hours yesterday. I think I will try spray basting next time. My fingers and back still hurt (I have to lay the quilt out on the floor). Anyway, I handquilt and thought I would stitch in the ditch. I have only done that one other time. And then I stitched about a quarter inch in from the seam. How do/would you do this? Would you stitch around every square in the four patch or just the four patch itself? And what about the border? The quilt measures about 70x64. Thanks!
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    I love your quilt, the blues are so pretty. Myself, I would SITD around the block but I like less quilting.
    Heather

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    What does your batting say for how far apart the stitches can be? I would stitch the 1/4 inch on each interior side of the white, in each direction.
    It is a beautiful quilt top... and do try the spray basting... I love it.

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    Very pretty quilt. I like less quilting also...I could see something simple in the white areas. Love the blues!

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    I used Warm and White batting and it says quilt up to 10 inches apart. Have never paid attention to that before..so a little fuzzy on what it means.
    Last edited by rachelg; 03-03-2012 at 08:15 AM.

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    It means that you can quilt 10 inches and it will hold the batting nicely and it will not pull apart. So anything less is fine, you just wouldn't want to go out 12 inches. Too far apart for the batting to hold together. So 2", 3" 4" 6" up to and including 10" is okay. Beautiful quilt!!!
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    That 10 inches refers to the space between quilting lines of stitches. You can space them 10 inches apart or anything closer than that.

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    i would quilt from corner to corner, making the quilting crosshatched overall. that would break up the totally squares look
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    I agree with QuiltnNan I would stitch on the diagonal thru the blue 4 patches. Then I woud either stitch in the ditch the white rectangles or a curvy pattern. I love this quilt as blue is one of my favorite colors. Luann in CT
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    I agree - stitch diagonal lines. That way your stitching adds to the design of the quilt rather than melting into the seams. It's a lovely quilt.

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