As I promised at New Years, I am working on finishing some of the quilt tops that have been waiting to be quilted. As I am fairly new at this, I have really appreciated all the tips and advice that I have received, and things I have learned from other peoples blogs. When I was working on my first real free motion project a few weeks ago, I first stitched in the ditch to stabilize the quilt. This worked great, and made it very easy to move the quilt around during free motion and not worry about anything shifting. So I have started doing that again for this quilt top... (this is the back)
My question is does everybody do this? or is this a beginners tool? or just a personal preference?? Although I like how it stabilizes the layers and also means you can pull all the pins out before starting the free motion, it is a lot of extra sewing. This quilt top is a disappearing 9 patch, and the blocks are on point, so I think it is probably wise to do the extra sewing for this one.
But I have others, one is a "Yellow Brick Road" and it is larger, and I really wonder if I could just start off with the free motion quilting or should I do the ditch stitching first?
My other question is about thread (any Tips for Tuesdays coming up on thread ????)
I have read that when you are using cotton for your quilt top, that you should always use 100% cotton thread as well. But I have also read that it doesn't make any difference?? Maybe this is largely personal preference as well. I find that Gutterman thread works well in my machine, so I have been staying mostly with that.
I sure appreciate any light that you can shed on my issues! Thanks!!
And Happy Valentines Day...these are flowers from my sweet hubby.....