Friday, May 22, 2015
Stitching in the Ditch...ESS revisited!
I always take a lot of heat from my students, both in the classroom and on-line with Craftsy, about my ESS theory...stitching in the ditch Every Stinkin Seam! Many of my craftsy students have asked to see the backs of my samples because they feel ditching will mess up the back.
My good friend, Carol, donated some old pieced blocks for me to use as a teaching sample and this was PERFECT for my ESS sample.
I always choose Bottom Line in my bobbin for all of my quilting...whether it's ditching or regular quilting. I quilt everything to death and I stll want to see the fabric on the back rather than the thread.
The unditched star block is poofy and doesn't lay flat...seams don't look very good.
This star blocks was quilted exactly the same but ESS'd around every seam first. In my opinion it lays flat and the seams are nice and sharp as they should be.
This is a re-birth of an old class sample but ended up being the perfect example of ESSing work on the back. I ditched every single seam of this piece but used a blending blue Bottom Line thread in the bobbin for the ditching process.
I used contrasting threads in the bobbin for the feather and star work. Yes, you see the imprint of the ditching but I still don't believe it detracted from the overall design.
I hope this has helped to clear up some questions on the ESSing. Remember...you are ALWAYS the boss of your own quilt and may do anything you wish...ditch or not. I'm just here to help you make your quilts look fabulous!
Hugs, Cindy :)