by Sandra Wynne
(Flourtown, PA, USA)
My quilt is finished-now I want to outline stitch 1/4 inch from the seam and outline each block.
Is there any easy way to do it?
I wish I could tell you that there is, but I can't. It'll have to be done a stitch at a time...
Securing starts and stops...
If you are machine quilting and outlining each of the patches in a block, you are going to have a lot of starts and stops to contend with. You'll need to decide if you'll use microstitching
or hand tie the thread tails
to secure your starts and stops. The microstitching is faster.
However, if you plan to use a shiny or metallic, decorative thread for this quilting, personally I would choose to hand knot the thread so that the 'shine' of the thread isn't lost in the small microstitches.
If the thread has a matte finish (most cottons) then I'd probably use microstitching to save time. But I would do a test just to be sure that I was satisfied with the 'look' of the quilting before I started on the actual quilt.
Marking (or not) the quilting lines...
To avoid having to mark each line, do some testing with your chosen quilting foot to identify where 1/4" is in relation to the edge of the foot. Or you could use a chalk marker to mark the quarter inch line as you proceed with your quilting. Test the chalk to make sure that you can remove it easily (I continue to get emails from readers who are having problems removing colored chalk from their quilts) or use white.
If you're hand quilting, you'll be able to slide your needle between the layers of the quilt to move to the next section to outline stitch.
I'd love to see your quilt when it's finished. Please do share it with us via the 'Share Your Quilts' page
so others can enjoy it and celebrate its completion with you, too!