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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.
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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.
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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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    Me, too! I think the diagonal quilting would be perfect! Beautiful!

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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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    thanks so much for the replies (and the info about the stitching distance!). Pardon the crude drawing...but is this what you are suggesting? With no stitches in the little blue squares? Looks good to me!

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    Beautiful quilt If I had the talent to hand quilt I would make sure every stich showed. Why go to all that work if part of the stiches wont show up?

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    Your blue top is very pretty. I like the look of SITD but I am not very good at it. I like to use the Bernina stitch that makes a serpentine line instead. Using that I don't have to worry about keeping in the ditch or close to the ditch, I just aim for down the middle of the seam line. It always looks good and is much easier. Try a couple of samples and see what you like best.

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    I would also stitch diagonally in the little squares also. Really like the quilting idea!

    Cute, cute quilt! I love blues!

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    Beautiful quilt good luck with the quilting.

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    oh....thanks so much everyone! I think I will do the diagonal through the fourpatch and follow it to the little blue squares and stitch in the ditch the white rectangles.

    Tartan...I have a very simple brother sewing machine. It does okay for piecing but has a couple of issues I have to constantly be aware of, so quilting with it is a no go. I am hoping to soon get a nice machine and actually take a lesson in machine quilting. Just to have the knowledge and variety.

    Would be nice to be able to do both! Thanks for your suggestion!

    rachel

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    I like the diagonal idea also.

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    Cross - hatching would look great and give dimension too !

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    I recently finished a similar quilt for my daughter's friend as a housewarming gift. I machine quilted all squares from opposite corners, making an 'X' in each box. It came out really well - it was the first time I machine quilted. If you go that way, just remember to baste and pin well and start in the middle working your way out so you don't get 'bubbling'. Of course, this is just my humble opinion, but it did work out well for me. Can't wait to see what you decide to do with yours!!

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    I would stitch across the blue ones diagonally. then maybe stitch 1/4 inch away in the whites.

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    Your quilt is beautiful. I guess I would SID around each block. I don't know about the boarders?
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    thanks for reminding me, Suzanne....how would everyone go about quilting the borders??

    rachel

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    beautiful quilt whatever you decide it will be beautiful

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    be careful with the spray basting, many are allergic to it, very allergic - like trouble breathing
    please do not be alone the first time you try it, if allergic you may need to go to the hospital for help breathing

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