Quilt in the ditch

This is what I do as a beginner quilter. I haven’t got into free motion quilting designs, yet! Quilt in the ditch means following the lines or the seams of the patchwork, quilting in the valley where the stitches are that hold the patchwork together . In this video Mary Fonts  introduces a walking foot for the sewing machine. A walking foot is for straight stitching. You can’t use it for free motion quilting. For  free motion quilting  you will need a darning foot.

Thanks to Fons and Porter

I quilt in the ditch with my regular sewing machine foot but I can see will get a much better result with a walking foot. The walking foot provides extra feed dogs for the top of the fabric that helps with the thickness of the quilt so that the whole thickness of the quilt walks together: the feed dogs on the bottom feeding through as well as the top. This helps prevent the top fabric going one way and the bottom going another! In this video Mary Fons also shows how she changed the sewing machine’s foot.



Tarnya is Quilting Focus' webmaster and a beginner quilter who hasn’t ventured much outside pre-cuts and quilting in the ditch. She is excited by modern short cut quilting techniques which makes quilting so much more achievable for those who are quite short on time. She enjoys making quilts for her children who she says do not notice mistakes and feel loved by what she makes. "I appreciate how learning and improving my quilting, cross pollinates into other creative areas of my life: for example colour, balance, proportion are important to quilting, but they are also important to web design."

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