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    Default 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.....
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    Default Re: Quilting Jelly Roll quilts

    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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    Default Re: Quilting Jelly Roll quilts

    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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    Default Re: Quilting Jelly Roll quilts

    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.
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    Default Re: Quilting Jelly Roll quilts

    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.
    Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love

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    Default Re: Quilting Jelly Roll quilts

    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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    Default Re: Quilting Jelly Roll quilts

    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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