Finding the Ditch
Close up of baby cot quilt basted with safety pins
Had my first attempt at ‘stitch in the ditch’ and it was challenging. I learned a lot:
It really matters that your get your piecing right or the ditch ends up with a dog-leg. One of my fabrics was a bit stretchier that the others – not good.
When you have a dog-leg you can follow the ditch or go up and over. After trying both I think following the ditch looks better.
A really busy backing fabric hides a multitude of sins. I abandoned the stripy backing fabric early and I’m glad I did.
I now understand why modern sewing machines have and embedded light right over the needle. I want one of those machines! Light matters.
Being a purist and using cotton thread rather than ‘invisible’ nylon thread comes at a cost. Still I’m glad I stuck with cotton thread. The fabric is 100% cotton and so is the batting. Why go synthetic after making those choices?
Basting with safety pins is pretty cool, even though I’m still smarting over the cost. $10 for a box of bent safety pins. You can not be serious!
Practise on a sample before you start stitch in the ditch. Didn’t do that. Probably won’t next time either. I’ll just make another quilt and the next one will be better.
No point in agonising over whether the ditch is in the channel between the two pieces of fabric or 2-3 threads to the side – I had seen both recommended. I ended up straying between both.
Those ‘sticky’ quilting gloves I’ve seen on the how-to videos might not be so silly after all.
This one won’t be winning any prizes at the state fair. But that’s OK.
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