When I am custom quilting, I find great satisfaction in finding a way to stitch out my designs with no or few stops and starts. I really think through how I can stitch things out in an order that catches all parts as I go, so that I do not have to stop and move to another spot. It is impossible to completely eliminate stops and starts in custom quilting but with a little thinking, the number of stops and starts can be greatly reduced.
I will use this unit as an example….
Here is the order I stitched it out in….
1. I stitched in the ditch of the circle in the piecing.
2. I stitched a few stitched down the previous stitching and then echoed the stitching in the ditch of step one.
3. I again stitched on top of precious stitching to get to the Background between the spikes and I stitched the radiating lines.
4. After stitching the third ray, I was at the center, so without moving my ruler, I restricted the third ray so I was now at the outside. By not moving my ruler and with stitch regulation you cannot tell it is stitched twice.
5. I continues with the rays till I got to the part where I marked the circle. See last weeks Tuesday Tips for how I marked the circle that disappears under the piecing.
It is one of those things I call age myself with. Sometimes as I quilt the first few units, a better way comes to me….it kind of evolves as I go…..
That’s it for today! Back to my machine and another beautiful quilt! Stay tuned….can’t wait to show you next weeks tip!!!