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

    So, the laziness, the "cop out" of doing your own quilting, but the "send out to long arm" is not.

    bruised about this.. each stitch counts.. sat and took it on the chin.. so to speak.

    ..will continue to stitch my own creations, using the most cost effective way possible to enjoy my quilting.

    Yes, I consider myself a quilter.

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    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.

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    Girl --- you keep your chin up.... it is NOT a cop out. There are tons of folks out there ready and primed to provide negative criticism. Phewy on them.

    A couple of years ago, one of my neighbor's told me that "machine quilting destroys the value of a quilt". I quickly responded.... "No it doesn't. Have you seen some of the machine quilting out there?" ;-)

    btw..... The one quilt that she told me about is wrapped up in a box and meant to be an "heirloom" for her grandchildren.... NOT TO BE USED. ha ha ha.

    I want my quilts to be loved and used!!!!

    You keep on keepin' on and don't let anyone tell you "your way" is a cop out.

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    How can this be said "cop out". When you pour your hard work and love into a quilt, no way would this be a cop out.
    With this being said and if someone thought this about a quilt I made I would put them on the not quilt worthy list.

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    Well, whoever said this to you has obviously never tried keeping it in the ditch. As long as you are happy with what you are doing, just ignore the negative comments. Everyone should quilt the way they want, like and can afford, whether it is SID, FMQ or quilt by check. Just enjoy your craft and the wonderful smiles of those who get to use your quilts.
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    Huh? Sounds like the quilt police were after you. But there are no quilt police, so consider that all a figment of your imagination! And keep quilting the way you prefer!

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    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.

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    Quick, lock your door and keep the quilt police out. I'll come and sit next to you and
    we can SID to our heart's content. How silly can that person be.

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    I agree - ignore all those negative comments and do what makes you happy with your quilting.

    I almost only stitch in ditch as after many many frustrating efforts, I cannot get the hang of FMQ. I choose not to send my quilts out to be longarmed because of the cost involved - for example, a scrap quilt (with barely $50 worth of fabric in it) would cost me about $300 to get longarmed.
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    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.

    Tell whoever said that to you to ...............(insert rude message here).

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    Oh my, what silly things people say. Sorry you were hurt by someone's comments.

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    I consider quilting an art, and there are no rules in art!
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    I have always thought that it accentuates the fabric without covering it up. I have seen a log cabin stitched in this manner and it was very pretty.
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    I would have went over the top with wide eye wonder about this information from that person. I would have said Oh all this time I have been doing it all wrong. Tell me more of what you know is the right way. I would have played it for all it's worth. LOL.
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    I use SID all the time. Forget the "quilt police" what do they Know???

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    I almost FMQ all of my quilts. I like doing it and I like the looks. Daughter almost always does SITD or straight line through the blocks. Different strokes for different folks. No quilt police but, lots of imitators. I make my quilts to suit me. You should do the same.
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    Definitely not a cop out & I hope all of tha responses you've gotten here prove that! I am very proud of the quilts I make from start to finish and I hope you are too!

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    Did the person who made this comment also say she had to walk uphill (both ways) in the snow just to get to her LQS? Or that in her day, she had to create batting by hand using just the fur shed by the family's cat? I mean, really! Why should she (or anyone else) dictate what counts as real effort? I'm sorry you were made to feel bad. I say quilt the way you want to and enjoy your work.

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    HAve you been talking to the quilt police again????
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    Getting my quilt tops finished, quilted, bound and then used is always the goal for me. There are no rules and that is one of the lovely things about quilting, you can do this however you want. Chin up an carry on.
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    wow- what a rude statement- i can not imagine why someone would think of stitch in the ditch as a 'cop-out' it takes practice, patience, and time- some people consider it one of the most difficult machine quilting techniques- it's alot easier to just meander along- doing loop-d-loops & what ever than it is to follow a straight line! the person who said that too you must think she holds the (quilt police sheriff badge?)
    just tell yourself- you have the right to use any techniques you want and like- no one should tell you it's a cop out- that ranks right up there with the folks who believe using a beautiful panal in a quilt is some sort of cheating...just ignore negativity & carry on, with a smile- some of the most beautiful quilts i've ever seen were stitched in the ditch---right along with some of the most spectacular quilts with panals in them.
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    I don't think it's a cop out. I find it just as difficult to do a good job with SID as FMQ. It's your quilt to finish as you please. Don't let anyone intimidate you or berate your quilt.

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    Well if it's a cop out then I have copped out on a lot of quilts, NOT!! I quilted in the ditch every one inch on some of my log cabin quilts that were queen and full size. Have "them" tell my fingers that! It's our quilts and we can quilt them any way we want to, either by hand or by machine. And by the by machine quilting is NOT new not even in 1989 when Carol Beyer Fallet (sp) won best of show for Arora, (I think it was) and it was machine quilted, well the hub bub that arose from that was unbeliveable! My friend in Oregon, her mother and grams both hand pieced their quilt tops, and sent them to a lady in TX who had a treadle sewing machine to machine quilt them for them. So contrary to some of the quilt police machine quilting in NOT new! Who are these experts who can say these dumb things aout the work we put into our quilts?? you can bet they are not on my list to gift a quilt I have made!!
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    Agree with other comments. I SID charity quilts & put binding on by machine. Have never had any returned (lol) Also have a wave stitch on old Singer that is very nice.

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    I hope you didn't believe that crazy creep! Anything made by hand can be done any way the maker wants to do it. Personally, I have stitched in the ditch, stitched using patterns and I have sent some to the LAQ. I prefer hand quilted quilts...love, love, love the softness of that look. I use LAQ when I make one for a grandchild because I want that little one to drag it to death and they really do hold together better when they have to be washed so often. Do it your way and if you will take a lesson from me you will never let anyone hurt your feelings like that again. In fact, I would tell that person to go "fly a kite"!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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