I am quilting with wool batting and that makes the unstitched areas quite puffy. When properly done the excess quilts out very nicely, but...I had to learn a methodology the hard way. I was quilting the main motif in an area defined by SID seams When I got near one of these seams I discovered that I had pushed the fabric out to the edge and now I had too much excess to "quilt it out." I hope you can imagine because I didn't think to take a photo. I was thinking too hard about how to solve the problem. I had two options: 1) remove the quilting and redo, or 2) stitch a tuck in at the seam.
I took the lazy road. I flattened the excess fabric into a tiny tuck about two inches long so that it met the seam line. Then I stitched tiny ladder stitches by hand to secure it because it had a mind of its own and wanted to stand up. When it was properly corralled, I went over the tuck with micro-stippling, and you would never know about my "no-no" if I hadn't shared the secret with you.
TIP: I do not recommend doing this tuck trick if you can avoid it. It is really bad form and cannot be guaranteed to look right. I should have ripped and re-quilted, but at that particular moment my inner bulldog was tired. (Who knows, I may yet rip it out, but right now I think I'll leave it.)
|Can you see how much puff I have to negotiate? You can also see that ultimately |
it flattens beautifully with the micro-stippling.
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TIP: I am a great advocate for tying threads immediately. I have seen people come back later to tie them and they invariably miss some. The other problem is that they can get in the way and may end up caught in the stitching. Stopping to knot and bury along the way gives a mini-break to some of your quilting muscles, and may help reduce fatigue.
Sew a happy seam this week. I wish you no need to hide fabric tucks.