I will start out with my couple of tips, and you add to the list.
Tip #1 - After pin basting, I stitch-in-the-ditch between all blocks. Stitch-in-the-ditch refers to stitching into the seams so that the stitches are sunken. Then I remove the pins and move forward with the more decorative quilting, whether it is free motion or straight line top stitching. I really prefer having all those pins out of the way so I can go for it.
Tip #2 - I have a ditch quilting foot, but I don't like it because it isn't an even feed foot. (They do make those too!) There's nothing worse than getting to the end of a line of quilting to find that all the layers have shifted. So, I stick with my trusty accufeed foot. On occasion the needle ends up popping out of the ditch. I used to seam rip it all out and start again until I learned this cool trick from Pokey on a Quilting Arts video. Check it out:
|now you see it|
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Pretty crafty I think. I love sharpies. : )
What tips would you like to share about quilting? Leave them in the comments!
Thank you so much,