Sunday, February 06, 2011

A Quilting Tip for You
This is one of my very favorite tips that I have ever learned.  I have consistently earned poor scores by quilting judges about being able to see my starts and stops of my quilting.  My usual technique is to sew in place for about 4 stitches, then zoom along and finish the same way.  Then I trim the thread ends close to the quilt.  It is fast, and easy.  But apparently it is also visible to the discerning eye of the quilt judge, and they DON'T like it!
And, though it is a little extra effort, it is not hard to do.  I wouldn't recommend it for everything you make, but if you have something that you are entering into a quilt venue, you might want to consider it.

8 comments:

Stacy Hurt said...

What a great thing! I'm with you, back stich a bit then zoom onto the next thing. When I had heard of folks 'burying their stitches' I never could understand what they meant. This vid is clear and easy to understand. THANKS!

Bee said...

Great tip! I've also heard that you should bury the thread tails. Your video is very clear and easy to understand. Thank you!

Angie said...

Thank you. The tips I've seen before for burying stitches were not clear at all. This will definitely help. The back stitching has bothered me on some of my quilts.

Lee Ann said...

Thank you! I'm LOVING that tip! It's going to make it so much easier for me to bury my threads! :-)

Lisa ONeill said...

Hi Kathy - I always bury my threads in my quilt - I keep all of the threads hanging out on the top (top and bobbin) and then at night while I'm wasting my brain in front of the TV I'll bury them. Here's a tip - I use spiral eye needles and thread the tails directly (or self-threading needles)- it make quick work of the task - as a matter of fact - after I finish this I've got a quilt to "bury".

corinne said...

Thank you, I did what you described, sew 4 stitches etc. Now I will follow your video. Great tip

Diane said...

Thanks for posting this, Kathy -- the starts and stops on my quilting always bother me so it's good to get a new tip. I'll try this. (Oh, and sorry about your crash -- hope you heal soon! Get lots of rest!)

coolquilter said...

Thanks for this info. I had seen something like this somewhere before but I lost track of it, so now I have your video bookmarked.