Today I wanted to show details of how I stitch in the ditch quilted each block. See part 1 of how to do stitch in the ditch quilting here.
I finished the binding this morning on my Red, White and Blue Stars quilt. Here it is:I chose a blue background with red and white paisley. I wanted something with all three colors and a print since all the rest is solids. Here is a detail of the binding:
When I picked up this UFO (UnFinished Object) I had already made the quilt sandwich and stitch in the ditch quilted around the outside of each block.
These examples below would have been a little bit different if I would have done that quilting. I felt it was more important to show how to start thinking like a stitch in the ditch quilter than modify my starting point.
My first continuous stitching thread I outlined in black. The secondary, if any, is in purple. The third is in green. I added a small gray arrow to pin point where I began.
(These are not in any order from the quilt.)I actually did this stitching in one continuous stitch but wanted to show that I started in the top corner, traced around the “X” shape of the block, then focused on the interior of the block. I did a bit of over-stitching on this block.
I started my stitch in the ditch quilting at the intersection of the dark blue triangles, or center of the pin wheel. I then did the outline of the diamond. I stitched out and back on the corner piece of the dark blue and across the block diagonally. I then started a new stitch and did across the quilt (shown in purple) the opposite direction.
This entire block was all one continuous stitch in the ditch. I started just off of center (shown by the arrow without a number) and went in the direction of arrow #1. At the top of the blue triangle I then turned (3) and began outlining the entire red triangle (#4-6). Once the red triangle was complete I then finished the blue triangle (#7) and crossed the center to do another pair of triangles (#8). After doing all the triangles I finished by going back to the staring point. I did not start in the center because I felt it would be easier to avoid stitching over the thread tails if I started off-center.
Really any intersection of the center “X” could have been the starting point. The same for most of these blocks. I began the quilting by going around the star and then the cross through the center of the block. The purple line was a second strand.
Nearly any point could have been a starting point here, hence no gray arrow. I stitched around the blue diamond first (shown in black), then the center red diamond 9marker in purple). I finished this block by doing each of the outside red triangles (the green lines). There was a total of 6 separate thread strands on this stitch in the ditch block.
This is another block with a single continuous strand. I started by going around the outside of the star and then completed the center diamond.
Stitch in the ditch is almost like a thinking game – challenging me to figure out how to use the lowest amount of thread strands possible. Often the corners are not the best place to start.
I hope you enjoyed this how to and learned something new about how stitch in the ditch quilting. Which block is your favorite?