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    I finished it. This is Accuquilt's image but mine is identical. I have it sandwiched and want to quilt it. I'm thinking of some form of baptist fan using rulers. However, I would also like to stitch in the ditch and I can't. For some reason the instructions said to press seams open. Would a very narrow stitch along side the seams work? I'd prefer to use white thread. I could use the Pfaff and do a narrow zig. But even then it would show with white. I've used clear before on the Oriental quilt. Got it done but was not the easiest. If I don't like the look of the fan, I might just do diagonal lines crossed, or use crossed curved lines in the circles only.

    I can get an image of mine into Photoshop or Illustrator and play with it before really quilting. It's stabilizing those seams that I want to do.
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    I've been doing a BOM with Leah Day who encourages pressing seams open, especially for gorgeous and complicated blocks like yours. However, she urges a very short stitch length, 1.5 or so. I have been doing this and then doing all the ditching needed before filling in with FMQ. There are no problems with this method, as long as your stitch is short. In fact, you avoid many areas with multiple converging seam allowances that are very hard to quilt with this method. It's working for me and others in the BOM.

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    I press all my seams open and have no problem to ditch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Midge View Post
    I've been doing a BOM with Leah Day who encourages pressing seams open, especially for gorgeous and complicated blocks like yours. However, she urges a very short stitch length, 1.5 or so. I have been doing this and then doing all the ditching needed before filling in with FMQ. There are no problems with this method, as long as your stitch is short. In fact, you avoid many areas with multiple converging seam allowances that are very hard to quilt with this method. It's working for me and others in the BOM.
    It wasn't short. The usual 10/12 stitches per inch. I read that stitching in the ditch with some quilts would cut the piecing thread.

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    I press mine to the side [except for some seams that really need to be pressed open] and I don't care what the instructions say. I know I will be stitching in the ditch, and I want to be able to sew on the fabric.

    That said, I have seen many quilts where they stitch next to the seam, and they look nice. Why not match the colors? Angela Walters does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha O View Post
    I read that stitching in the ditch with some quilts would cut the piecing thread.
    What? Is this true? I just did stitch in the ditch with my Fancy Forrest quilt - did I wreck it?


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    Jeannette, I think she meant if you stitch in the ditch on seams that were pressed open, you are basically stitching only on the piecing thread, batting and backing, and not the actual quilt top fabric. Some think this will damage the piecing threads.
    I haven't done this, so I can't say for sure what will happen, but I won't do it because I think there is some merrit to peoples fears about it.
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    stitching 1/4" from the seam is called echo quilting. I did it on one quilt and it came out very pretty.
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    I have pressed my seams open and switched in the ditch for a couple years now, and have never had a problem and my quilts have been heavily used.. I do use a 1.7 stitch length and piece with Aurifil thread. Pressing seams open makes FMQ on my sewing machine so much easier. But I glide rather than hop... If I used a hopping foot instead, then it would not matter as much.

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    I've done many quilts doing echo quilting..... stitching in the ditch makes me paranoid...so I'm glad to see I'm not alone.... your quilt is amazing and I can see why you would be concerned.... I like your idea of crossed curved lines or circles.... I've seems quilts with that type of quilting and they just look absolutely astonishing....I say go for it
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