Now that the holidays are well and truly over, and we have started the year 2020. I am back in my sewing room while the house is peacefully quiet, my process for starting the new year is to finish some of the quilts that did not get finished at the end of 2019. One of the quilts to finish is the Treasures from the scrap bin quilt from the sew along, and as I am working on it I would be like to share my thoughts with you.
All I have left to quilt on the Treasures from the scrap bin quilt are the outside borders. I have already stitched in the ditch around the applique and written about my process for this here. Now I will be stitching in the ditch all the strips that form the border.
I am using fine thread 'The bottom line' 60 weight polyester in the bobbin and 100 weight polyester 'Wonderfil Invisifil' in the top. To start and stop, I just do a backstitch to hold the stitches in place as the thread is so fine it is not noticeable. I also jump the thread from one area to another making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each section and clip the thread afterward.
Getting ready to start quilting, the pic above shows how uneven the quilt looks, even with the ditch stitching done around the applique.
I love the way this holds all the strips in place, they look so much neater (tidier) after the ditch stitching is done. The ditch stitching holds everything in place and helps the border lay flat.
All the quilting is done, only the binding to go.
I hope this information was helpful to you, and you are having a peaceful time in your sewing room too.
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Hi Sharon. Thanks for that great tip of skipping from one place to another, backstitching at each end and then cutting the thread in between. This is a terrific tip. Its a keeper.
How to press a Flying Geese Border ? This is the question I was asked so I have done my best to answer as it is not exactly what you might be expecting to see. Read more to see how I pressed the seams to get nice flat intersections.
Making four Flying Geese units at a time is a great time saver, and a wonderful method. I love to oversize the units and trim them down to the correct size for perfect blocks. Read how I go about making these versatile units that I use in almost every quilt I make.
January 18, 2020
So glad you enjoyed my tip. Thanks so much for the comment, it has made my day.