|The ice on Dream Lake. The wind blows it as it freezes,|
but we still hiked across the lake on the ice.
Stabilization. Basting will stabilize your quilt. I hate basting, but I do pin. I SID to stabilize the quilt before doing the fancy quilting. The pins can all be removed and there is no worry about the quilt going wonky when you are concentrating on the decorative free motion quilting (FMQ). Once the quilt is stabilized you can work anywhere you want without distortion. I stitch with Superior MonoPoly thread (clear or smoky) for SID. This can be a great way to learn to control your FMQ technique. You can also use any thread of a color that disappears into your fabrics. For straight lines and borders I use my duel feed foot, and it is awsome. It gobbles up excess fabric and smooths it all into the puff.
No bubbly seams, tucks or puckers. I have 28 pieces in each block of my quilt and they will mostly be quilted with enclosed designs. I do not want seam ridges so I am SID-ing in every single seam. Time consuming, yes, but WOW does it ever make it look nice. My quilt would look fine with only the SID, but since I like the fancy stuff I know I won't have to worry about the antics of recalcitrant seams or tucks or puckers.
|Before: Rumpledy, bumpledy before SID|
|After: All seams stitched down.|
You want to show your quilt. Take careful note of all of the above because the judges will be looking for straight seams and borders, smooth curves, no crumples and perfection in the hanging. This is impacted by blocking after all is done, but you can't block out internal wiggles after they are set in stone....errr thread. They will notice the track of your SID especially any stitches that stray from the ditch, so if you choose to do it, learn and practice to do it well. There are many online tutorials so I am not going into the "how to."
If your quilt will be a "dragger" to be loved and washed repeatedly. It won't matter. The exception would be if you choose to do all the quilting SID and don't want to mess with the fancy stuff.
If you are going to quilt an all-over design that tramples and ignores seams. In this case the seams generally disappear into the quilting motifs.
If you don't show your quilts.
If you don't care....and that is OK. It is your quilt. Do what suits your style, your time, your passion.
Sew some happy seams this week. I wish you time to practice some stitching-in-the-ditch.
|Hallet and Flattop peaks from Dream Lake. Rocky Mountain NP.|