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 :)
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Thank you so much. This really confirmed my thoughts. Now I need a pieced top to quilt.
Last quilt show I attended I could not believe how many quilts were NOT ESS'd. Upon first glance they may have looked ok but when one looked up close it was very noticable and disappointing. A shortcut that should not have been taken. In my opinion too many take that shortcut. I'm with you on this one!
do you use bottom line on top and in bottom?
Cheryl inquired about using Bottom Line top and bottom...YES I use it in the top AND the bottom when ditching. I use it in the bobbin for all of my quilting whether I'm ditching or FMQ. cindy
Should have read this a week earlier...there was also a discussion re this on Christina Cameli's blog. Normally I do not SITD when I do an allover design. Pure laziness on my part. Usually, I get away with it but with my recent quilt it turned into a bit of a disaster. Not only did I chose the wrong design, the top layer starting shifting alarmingly (despite having been basted )well from the movement that was necessary for the design. Seams and other areas are proofing out...lesson learned!
Oh I so agree with you. What a difference it makes. Whether the quilting stays within the ditched area or crosses over those ditched lines. It truly makes the difference between a nice quilted quilt or a beautifully quilted piece.
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