So, I am bringing my Craftsy students out of the classroom for a field trip lesson on my Blog. By posting my lesson here I can have loads of photos and explanations about why it's so important and everyone can SEE what it looks like. Nothing like a good visual! This is going to be a long post but I want to take advantage of some good classroom time.
E.S.S. is my term for stitching in the ditch Every. Stinkin. Seam. It is SO important. You spend countless hours piecing your quilt and many quilters want to rush thru the quilting just to get it done. If you don't ditch, your free motion quilting will actually move and distort your seams and all that beautiful, perfect piecing you did suddenly doesn't look so good. I use a blending thread for my ditching...I use Superior Threads' Bottom Line which is a thin 60 wt. polyester and I use it in the top and the bottom. When I can't get any color to blend (when you are using sharp contrasting fabrics), I will use Superior's MonoPoly. When you have a thin, blending thread in your bobbin your ditch stitching will hardly show on the back.
Whew....I hope this helps everyone. I'm sorry I didn't think of doing this sooner as I am such a visual learner...I don't learn it unless I see it and touch it. Can't help with the touching part here though!
Remember...you are the "boss of your quilt"...you can do anything you want to your quilt. I am only here to offer some good advice. Hugs, Cindy :)