Machine Quilt using Stitch in the Ditch #2

[silence] The easiest way is to roll your quilt,
to get it into the middle, is to just bring it alongside,
get it underneath your foot there, and pick a place where you’re
generally going to hit the middle. Right around here is good enough for this quilt.
And then, just start rolling. You’re going to have to bring-
bring it around a little. If it’s hanging off the other end
of the table, like it is here, just bring it up, so that it rolls nice and even. [noises of fabrics] That’s about where I want to be,
somewhere in there. The rest of this can just go over here. I want to be able to grab this, and move it, that’s going to help the quilt go back and forth. I don’t want to fall off of the edge, so I bring that corner in. In this corner, I just put like that.
Kind of make a little circle to work in. And that makes the quilt move easily. I just keep pulling this part back, like that, and I’m going to stitch all the way along here, just like that. Okay, it’s going to move like that, until I get to the end. So, that’s how you roll a quilt. I’ve got my bobbins wound, my clear thread wound through the machine, I have my bobbin thread pulled up to the top, so that it doesn’t mess me up underneath the quilt. And here’s my clear thread, thread both pulled off to the side. This is the exact center of the quilt. These four squares all meet at the center. I’m going to start here and
work my way out. Then I’m going to come back and go around
each of the four squares
I’m going to start here and
work my way out. Then I’m going to come back and go around
each of the four squares that make up the center of the quilt. Stitch in the ditch all the way around them, then within each square I’m going to outline these bigger pieces. It’s some kind of
funky log cabin. So I’ll do some ditch work in here, along here, following some of these lines. That’ll take a little bit of stopping and starting. But, once I got the blocks surrounded
with the ditch work there shouldn’t be any movement of the
fabric and it’ll go pretty quickly. I’ve got my favorite gloves and I’m ready to go! So I’ve spent about, oh, somewhere between an hour, hour and a half, and I’ve done all the ditch work around every square except the border. I haven’t done that yet. I’m going to do that next. then I’m going to focus on just doing the inner sections of each square. And I start in the middle of the quilt again. Doing those four squares that make up the center of the quilt, and then working outward. So, here I go with outlining the border. What I want you to see here, is that stitching in the ditch is literally going right down the center of these fabrics. The ditch is where these fabrics meet. [sound of sewing machine stitching slowly] [sound of sewing machine-faster] [sound of sewing machine – fast] With my quilt rolled up, just a little bit bundled in front of me, all of it supported on the table. Nothing hanging over the edge. I’ll start on my next seam. [sound of sewing machine] Okay here I am, the next day. Trying to set aside an hour or half an hour each day to do a little bit of quilting. This one, I want to show you, when I do my stops and starts, generally I just hold it still for one or two stitches, for starting. then just take off. [sound of sewing machine] So, today another day of quilting. Just setting aside a little bit of time each day. This time I want to show you what some quilters do. It’s called fan-folding the quilt, in front of the needle. And with that means is, you’ll see as I lift this up, It’s got a fold, here, here, lift it up more, a fold here, and here, and another fold in here. So, what you want to do. You’ve got your roll in the throat, to keep it away from the needle, and you just want to fold your quilt up, in the space that you have available to you, in front. Just fold it. Fold it down again. Just keep folding and folding until you’ve got that bulk fairly flat, where you can deal with it. It’s not really in your way while you’re sewing.
Just keep folding and folding until you’ve got that bulk fairly flat, where you can deal with it. It’s not really in your way while you’re sewing. And yet, as you move the quilt forward, it just unfolds. And you can keep moving the quilt. It doesn’t hold up. Makes it go a lot faster. Another way that quilters deal with the bulk, underneath the throat area, if you don’t like all that rolling, bring your quilt underneath the needle, and then just pull it in and fold it flat. That might be just the way that you like it better. It takes a little bit longer, and you’re going to spend some time making it tidy, but it might be easier for you. You can always just fold, instead of rolling. I’m just about to where I want to be. Right around there. On the side next to the throat, the quilt isn’t bumping up next to the machine. There’s about, oh, an inch gap there, and that’s good. So it won’t be pushing while I’m trying to sew. Here I am. Today’s Friday. I started this on Sunday. So, it’s not even been a whole week. I worked two days, about 45 minutes. One day for about an hour. So a little less than three hours, really, to get this quilt stitched-in-the-ditch. And the ditch lines go all the way down, through here, like that, right through here, and they go across, this way,
through here, like that, right through here, and they go across, this way, through the middle, and through here. Now, I’m using a batting, Warm & Natural. It’s a cotton batt. It’s very flat. Gives an old fashioned quilty feel, when it’s washed. And it lets you quilt up to 10 inches apart. So, I could leave this quilt right now, and it would be finished. I’d have to put the binding on, but other than that, it’s done. In a week, in just less than three hours. But I decided when I was working on it, I wanted to add some more stitching, just, just for fun. I was having a good time. It went faster than I thought it was going to, which is always nice! So, I’m going to go back and put this back under the needle, and do some free motion. Just in these areas. I’m not quite sure yet what I’m going to do, I’m going to wait until I sit at the machine and just do whatever I feel like doing. Also this quilt has a very wide border on it. Is my very favorite fabric in the whole world. I love this fabric so much, that I really look forward to putting some extra quilting on the borders. So, for all intents and purposes, it could be done right now. For me, it’s not. I think probably I’ll spend another 3 hours quilting it. Doing the free motion here and then the border work. So I’m pretty sure that within 6 hours total I’ll have this quilt quilted. And what I’m going to do is put it on my blog. Whatever I do to it next, and the border work. So you can catch up with me there, and I’d love to hear from you. If you have questions, or want to email me pictures of your quilts, I’m going to have my email address and my blog address at the end of the video. Thanks for watching and I hope that this helps you quilt your quilts.