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    Quilting Jelly Roll quilts

    Do most of you stitch in the ditch on the jelly roll quilts? I sure wish I was good enough for free motion quilting but I have a lot of practicing to do before I attempt it on a quilt top that I make. What do you all think about quilting design stencils?

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    I just made a JRR2 0top, but don't know how I will quilt it yet.... STD probably, but I really am not all that great at it...


    I might do wavy lines from top to bottom....


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      I think I am going to do decorative stitching along the seams.....
      pat.

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        I am so awful at stitch in the ditch (that's why most of my quilts go to the LAQ)... in fact, I just finished a baby quilt and had to remove and re-sew some of the stitch in the ditch. I can't seem to hit the ditch... consistently.... any suggestions on how to improve that?

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          I FMQ mine, but I did the continuous "U" shapes across them. I should have been more random like a true meander, not 100% happy with how it came out. But it does look pretty good, I'm just very critical on things I do myself! I also used the cotton-bamboo batting, and it doesn't crinkle as much as the all cotton battings do after being washed. If it had, I think I would have been very happy with the result. Live and learn.

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            You can quilt any number of patterns or straight lines without FMQ. A simple grid or wavy lines would look great and add dimension to the quilt.
            Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love

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              Thank you everyone. I just wish I was confident enough to do the FMQ right now. I think I would have more luck at succeeding with stitching in the ditch at this point. I have only practiced a little bit with stippling. However, I never have done Stitch in the ditch, so who knows, maybe I won't be good at that, but I think I will be if I take it slow. I am critical too, so I can sure see me picking it out if I am awful at it.

              What I may do is, hold off on the quilting part and start practicing FMQ everyday. Maybe I can gain some confidence soon and work out a pattern that becomes second nature to me. However, when one is on a large area, I am sure it can get intimidating on where you should go next....in what directions, etc.

              Any opinions on templates?

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                My personal opinion is following a template is harder than FMQ. Unless it is a template that has gentle curves that you could use a walking foot. The problem arises from having to control the stitches yourself rather than have the machine do it. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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                  I like to use the serpentine stitch on my Janome 8900 for quilting jelly roll quilts. It is easy and I feel like it does a good job holding the seams by crossing over them. It looks pretty good too.

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                    The strips are narrow enough that you could quilt with a decorative stitch on your machine. I agree with Auntiemern that stencils are more difficult that FMQing.
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                      The problem I had trying to quilt using a stencil is that I couldn't see the chalk line when I was going up the quilt; it disappears behind the pressure foot. Going down or sideways was easier, but it still wasn't a good as just "winging it" with FMQ. The second quilt I made was a baby quilt and having the freedom to move wherever was actually fun & I felt less pressure to try to be "perfect." Once you figure what setting are best for your machine, including the thread & needle, the rest just falls into place.

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                        My STD. Is not great. As a result I have moved to doing a 1/4 inch stitch from the seam and that has been OK. But the suggestion of a decorative stitch on the seam sounds like the best of my options! I think I'll try that next. Thanks for all the suggestions. FMQ is in my dreams, not yet a reality. But I just retired in December so now I have the time to practice.
                        Also got a serger and a embroidery machine from a GF who was trading up to newer models. Any suggestions? Looking for single stitch embroidery patterns to do in the free spaces!,
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                          If you use a medium or low loft poly batting, and stitch in the ditch along the seam lines, the quilt will puff up and cover any " across the ditch" sewing. I have done a lot of mine that way. It doesn't really take that long. I would be sure to use a walking foot though!
                          Last edited by Jean Sewing Machine; March 22, 2014, 07:14 PM.

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                            Originally posted by Jean Sewing Machine View Post
                            If you use a medium or low loft poly batting, and stitch in the ditch along the seam lines, the quilt will puff up and cover any " across the ditch" sewing. I have done a lot of mine that way. It doesn't really take that long. I would be sure to use a walking foot though!
                            Thank you, Jean. I am using the cotton Warm and Natural one from JoAnn's. I may just do the stitch in the ditch with this first Jelly Roll quilt, so I can at least get one quilt done. I think I may still do the stitch in the ditch with my first quilt top made (Double slice cake), unless I find time to practice, I can feel confident enough in the near future with stencils or FMQ,ing.

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                              Originally posted by irishrn View Post
                              My STD. Is not great. As a result I have moved to doing a 1/4 inch stitch from the seam and that has been OK. But the suggestion of a decorative stitch on the seam sounds like the best of my options! I think I'll try that next. Thanks for all the suggestions. FMQ is in my dreams, not yet a reality. But I just retired in December so now I have the time to practice.
                              Also got a serger and a embroidery machine from a GF who was trading up to newer models. Any suggestions? Looking for single stitch embroidery patterns to do in the free spaces!,
                              Let us know how it goes. Sorry I do not have any suggestions for you as I am still a newbie with this kind of sewing. I hope I can find the time as well to get good at FMQ. There is no way I can afford to take every quilt to a professional. Maybe one very special one once in awhile but not often. It is expensive enough buying the quilt materials to make them!

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