Today’s Topic: How to Fight Quilting Enemies: Gravity and Friction
Welcome to Lesson 10 of our 2021 Quilt-a-Long, Even Better Machine Quilting
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Good Morning, Quilters!
Do you ever wonder which direction to stitch a motif?
You might ask yourself, should I start on the left and stitch to the right?
Should I start on the bottom and quilt toward the top?
Or perhaps, I should start on the top and quilt down?
Chapter 10 of 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting is all about Directional Stitching!
But first, a quick announcement….
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 10-4
Which Direction Should I Quilt: Four Factors
There are four factors that determine which direction you should quilt:
- Natural Preference
- Greatest Field of View
- Quilt Size
Most of us read and write from left to right and I often find this is my natural preference for quilting.
Greatest Field of View
Left to right also provides the greatest field of view. You can see where you’ve been and where you’re going.
When your quilt is small, it doesn’t matter which way you align it for quilting, but as the quilt size gets larger, it is necessary to align the quilt to reduce the bulk within the sewhead. Consequently, the size of the quilt will dictate the direction of quilting.
Motifs, like vines, quilt more naturally when stitched in the direction they grow–from down to up. On the other hand, many motifs feel most natural if we can stitch from left to right. Doodle first, and you’ll know!
Tips for Making Directional Stitching Easier
An Open Toe Foot
Use an open toe foot for the greatest visibility of the stitching line.
Stop and Look
Okay–this seems ridiculously obvious, but sometimes when we get stitching, common sense goes out the window…
When you can’t see where you are going, stop with the needle down and do a quick look-see. This will help you re-calibrate your stitching line.
Doodle Schmoodle…are you tired of my nagging? Doodling helps you develop the muscle memory for a motif. If YOU must quilt in a direction outside of your natural preference, practice doodling it in the direction you will stitch it.
Mark the Quilt
If you simply can’t quilt a motif in the direction dictated by the quilt size, draw the motif with chalk and follow the lines.
For more tips and tricks on Directional Quilting, refer to 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting page 48!
Practice Directional Stitching
Later this week, we will practice directional stitching with the Sunny Day Medallion Quilt.
If you’d like to get a head start, make a quilt sandwich and draw a six inch square in the middle (6-1/2 inch is good too if you own that size square ruler) Add a one inch border around the central square and then a 1-1/2 inch border around that.
Are YOU Directionally Challenged?
My family laughs–if I say “Turn Left” we should definitely TURN RIGHT!
My internal compass is usually of 180 degrees…but sometimes only 90!
Better stick to my quilting!
But there is Google Maps to Quilter’s Haven!
See YOU tomorrow? (Please comment for a free treat!)
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