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Thread: I have been told stitch in ditch is " a cop out." What about sending your top out ?

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    I say, whatever works for you is what truly matters.

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    SID is not a copy-out. I love the geometric pattern it can create on the back. Besides, it is hard to STAY in the ditch. I personally don't like giant meanders all over a quilt. As for sending it out - that is a talent too, to be good at it.
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    I'd use a rather popular and nasty word. It's your quilt, you are the designer, do what you please. I combine all the techniques STID, geometric quilting like squares, lines, etc, and throw in some FMQ on an area that needs it. I use a template and follow it. That won't suit a lot of people, but TOO BAD!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    Some quilts were just MADE to stitch in the ditch. That gives them a perfect look. No cop out there. A quilt should be quilted in a way that enhances the top. Nothing works for every quilt.
    I agree exactly...not every quilt is suited to all over quilting. I've done a few with stitch in the ditch, not because it's easier but because it felt like the right way to quilt those particular quilts.
    Blessings from Janice

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    Staying in the ditch is not as easy as the quilt police might think. And some quilts just call for it - anything else would detract from the design. As for sending out the quilt to a LAQ, that's helping the economy - something we should all be doing anyway.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I love hand quilting I am not good at it but keep trying anyway. These are my quilts and I have made them and quilted them. I only quilt in straight lines and do my best when the quilt police give me a ticket I will tear it up and go start another quilt! If you like the machine quilting and can afford it go for it.

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    I have a lot of admiration for anyone who can SITD. Though the quilt hanging at my shoulder is SITD, it was not easy. Your quilt - your way. Never let anyone make you feel bad.

    I hope here on the QB when a quilter states her/his preference that others aren't offended if they prefer another look, whether concerning block size/type or method of quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twoxover View Post
    I don't think stitch in the ditch is a cop out, nor is sending out to long arm-er. everyone has different tastes and expections for themselves. it's all good in my opinion.
    I agree with you.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    So what. Are scribbles a cop out too?

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    Everyone should quilt their quilts the way it pleases them - not someone else. It used to be that people would say it wasn't really quilting if people used a sewing machine as "real" quilts were hand pieced and hand quilted. You should have asked her if she was afraid her "heirloom" quilt would fall apart if it was used.

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    Move quickly away from this person or if you can't, never bring up the subject of quilting again with her!

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    I don't think I could have been polite to that. We are artists and we do what we feel is right. Sometimes it calls for a longarm, some times it calls for hand quilting, sometimes a meander/stippling, sometimes SID. But, it's our call.

    I like to follow my Aunts advice. If you can't say something nice about someone or in this case, their quilts, then don't say anything at all. That person was totally rude and don't feel like you have to be polite back.

    Don't let the ignorant people get to you.

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    Empty vessels make the most noise. Quilt however you wish....or better still how the quilt wishes to be quilted. S

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    I send my quilts that are lap size or larger out to my LAer. I was just charged $60 for a lap quilt. I've never been charged $300 from a LAer, even for a king size quilt. I do stitch in the ditch for table runners and wall hangings and love the look. That is all the quilting I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv View Post
    Some people have nothing nice to say about anything. Whoever said that to you is one of 'THOSE' people - you know, the kind who think their sweat doesn't stink.

    Ignore comments like that...they are just plain mean.
    Just ignore people like this. I had a lady at church tell me one time..." I could probably sew something like that if I didn't have anything else to do but sit around." Yeah it frosted me for a little while but then I decided to just ignore it. Some people don't know how to keep their negative self in check. They "shoot off their mouth" before they "engage their brains". LOL Keep doing what you love.

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    Stitch in the ditch is not a cop out. Sometimes, it's real hard to stay in the ditch..... Some quilts dont require any more than SID. As for sending it out for long arm quilting, if that is what you want to do, then do it. There are no quilt rules and you ever find any....break them and do what you want. It's your quilt.

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    Tell that quilt police person to go jump in the lake. It's YOUR quilt and you quilt it anyway you want. I SID or outline quilt or crosshatch, anything but FMQ. Somehow my hands, eyes and foot do not work together very well at all. As long as I can quilt straight lines, I'm happy. I don't have the money to send tops to an LAer. My daughter recently got a midarm machine on a frame and I've asked her to do some FMQ for me. She's happy to do it for me because it gives her pracitice and she knows I won't be critical if it's not perfect--not that anything she does isn't a lot better than I could do.

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    Not gonna lie, I probably would have laughed right out loud at such a preposterous statement.

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    SID is most certainly not a cop-out....I have avoided it at all costs. Not because it is a cop-out but because it really takes ability to do it. Besides totally agree with everyone else, that it is your quilt, your choice on how you do it.

    I honestly think a lot of people that make these negative comments like this or the one the churchlady made to Teddybear Lady are made by people that are just plain jealous of abilties they don't have.

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    This is not true, as said above. It can be hard to truly stitch in the ditch and yes, I do send out my quilts to a long-arm quilter. I had better lock the door so the quilt police doesn't hunt me down.... ducking down now....

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    Stitch in the ditch is not an easy task; certainly not a cop-out!!! I do mostly FMQ, but sometimes a quilt really needs SITD and it is every bit as difficult and time consuming as any other style of quilting! You just keep doing what makes your quilts complete and don't give another thought to that rude person.
    Wendy

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    I'm doing SID on my log cabin right now. To make 4 concentric squares on a 9.5 inch square piece takes me about 10 minutes per square. You go too fast, and you get out of the ditch. So because of the time and concentration to do it correctly, it is not a cop out. But I guess I used to see it as a cop out because it isn't as creative as FMQ. It is just following a line where FMQ requires an artistic hand. There are is so much emphasis put on FMQ that many of us have become warped as to what the art is about - the process of creating something beautiful even if it isn't FMQ. I've learned that although I'm really good at some parts of quilting, I don't have an artistic hand at all to do FMQ. I have to draw on all the patterns. So, I will stick with SID, top stitching, and very simple lines that can be done by hand or machine. In the end, it is the end product that matters. So, like others have stated, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and creator. I would ignore her comments and continue doing what you are comfortable with and can afford (I can't afford long arm either - which runs $200-300 here).

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    I bet I can name someone who (rightfully) will NOT be getting a quilt from you...

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    I love SITD! I am still trying to learn FMQ. I now do my SITD with my free motion foot and have become quite good at it. I usually send my queen and king size quilts to the LAQ; but if they are smaller or if I need them in a hurry, I quilt them myself and all of my self-quilted quilts have lots of SITD. As of today, I have 4 quilts at the LAQ. I usually plan on her taking 3 months to get a quilt back to me so I am glad I can SITD. It is your quilt. Finish it the way you like and ignore that person.

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    I really enjoyed reading all the comments about this silly and unkind comment. But I especially liked BellaBoo's ...
    yeah, girl, play it for all its worth.
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