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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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    Jamie, I find meandering easier than SITD. Just think of large puzzle pieces. Practice on any surface with the index finger of your writing hand first. A dry erase board is nice, too, so you can trace your puzzle design over and over until it feels comfortable to you. I think the curves will look good with the straight lines in your pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lap quilter View Post
    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.
    That's what I was thinking too. Stippling could make the quilt stiff but only SID may not secure all of the cross-seams inside the squares. I'd go for the best of both worlds. It's pretty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    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.
    Totally agree ojn this advice. Stippling looks easy, but takes some paractice. And since this is a special quilt I would practice first, so you don't end up in tears

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    Forgot to menthion, there are "stitch in the sitch' feet for most sewing machines. they make doing it accurately so much easier. Does your machine have one or can you get one? I love mine for my pfaff

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    That's what I was thinking too. Stippling could make the quilt stiff but only SID may not secure all of the cross-seams inside the squares. I'd go for the best of both worlds. It's pretty!
    I agree with stippling.. will make it hold up better. I love your fabrics. I think you did an awesome job!

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    I would either stipple or stitch NOT in the ditch, lol. I've always found stitching IN the ditch to be very difficult, so I'd recommend a straight stitch 1/4" out from the seams, like this: (scroll down to the 3rd picture for a close-up)

    http://www.redpepperquilts.com/2012/...ume-quilt.html

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    just a suggestion you may want to check out Leah Days website on free motion quilting..she has great videos and instruction

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    Hi JamieC, and welcome to the wonderful world of quilting! You're in for a lot of fun that will last a lifetime. I had bookmarked this thread http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...g-t177072.html a while ago to help me with my meandering. I also quilt on my small machine, and usually meander.

    Your quilt is wonderful! Please show us when it's finished.

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    What a beautiful quilt and you did a great job! I like the meandering (large stipple) for baby quilts, but whatever you decide it will certainly be lovely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lap quilter View Post
    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.
    I agree with everything lap quilter said. You've made a lovely quilt top and I think the combination would work very well.

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    that would look good with 1/4 lines inside each triangle too. so many different ways to quilt it. good luck.

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    You did a really great job on your quilt.

    As for quilting: what would you want to do? Are you using your DSM? You can meander [which is a stipple only larger] or draw a design. Practice on a quilt sandwich first though.

    If you have lots of down time in many small amounts you might consider hand quilting it. Or yu just might want to do it by hand anyway. You can work on it at meetings, while watching TV with friends or family members, while at sports meets if you go there. You can take it with you to any appointments, except job hunting [joke.] There are tutes available online. You can use Tiger Tape if you want or not.

    However you qilt it, remember to put on a label!

    If you don't already belong to a quilt guild/group now would be the time to see if you could fit it into your schedule. I have learned soooo much from all my quilting buddies. The memories are precious.

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    I love your quilt!!!

    My advice is going to be a little different than others, I think. SID and FMQ can both be quite difficult for some of us. I quit doing traditional SID because I am a perfectionist and found it nerve-wracking trying to keep the line exactly where it was supposed to be (which I never achieved anyway). FMQ took a lot of practice for me.

    My advice is to quilt over all the seams, but with a narrow zigzag stitch, a serpentine stitch (looks like a continuous S as it stitches out), or a decorative stitch. These stitches have some width to them, so slight deviations to left or right of the seam do not catch the eye at all. They are a much more relaxing way to quilt than SID or FMQ, in my experience. Experiment on a sample first. A lot of decorative stitches are awfully slow and take a lot of extra thread and may not be worth it.

    Since you have such a geometric quilt, I would probably choose a narrow zigzag (not a satin stitch!). On my machine a stitch length of 2.5 and stitch width of 1.5 for the zigzag looks really nice. I just completed a colorful charity quilt using this zigzag on all of the seams and diagonals, and it turned out really nice. It's not traditional, but it's *very* sturdy! Charities for kids often prefer machine stitched binding for durability, so I used the zigzag to finish the binding too.

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    You go girl! Both have their advantages but I would try the all over meandering. It is a small piece and good for practicing your skills on. Welcome to the world of quilters. Just think how many quilts you will be able to create in a lifetime!

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