Isabella's Whimsy

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New Name for Quilting Stitch

on March 23, 2013

Stitch-in-the-ditch is a well-known quilting stitch. It is made by stitching (by hand or machine) along the seam line where two pieces of fabric are sewn together. This stitch is not visible…well, it’s not supposed to be visible. I have not yet mastered this “simple” stitch, so in efforts to save my self-respect and to support fellow quilters I have named the forerunner to stitch-in-the-ditch and I have a couple of pictures to show you this newly-named stitch.

The new stitch name is Playing-in-the-Ditch. Think of times you played in a ditch. Did you walk along the bottom in a straight line? NO!! you jumped around, up and down the sides, in and out of the ditch, splashing water and mud, scattering stones and twigs. It was delightful, right? So is Playing-in-the-Ditch for quilters!
See for yourself-

The ditch is very evident here, so are the Playing stitches!

The ditch is very evident here, so are the Playing stitches!

Here is another example of the Playing-in-the-Ditch stitch. You can see how some stitches are in the ditch (seam line), some are on the red side and others are on the blue side...so much playful fun!

Here is another example of the Playing-in-the-Ditch stitch. You can see how some stitches are in the ditch (seam line), some are on the red side and others are on the blue side…so much playful fun!

 

A question I had when deciding to Play-in-the-Ditch was which foot would work best. No, I don’t mean left or right foot!  I mean which sewing machine attachment, the Quilting Foot or the Walking Foot.  Both of these attachments are pretty new to me because I have always hand quilted, but in trying to ward off Alzheimer’s I’m dedicated to learning new skills and concepts, hence, steps toward machine quilting.

You know what they say, A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are two pictures of the stitching results made by the Quilting Foot and the Walking Foot:

#1 was made with the quilting foot. #2 was made with the walking foot. It's clear to me which one to use for Playing-in-the-Ditch stitching.

#1 was made with the quilting foot. #2 was made with the walking foot. It’s clear to me which one to use for Playing-in-the-Ditch stitching.

 

Yes, the Quilting Foot has made loops in the thread, but also the stitches are tiny and irregular... The Walking Foot stitches are nice and even in size.

Yes, the Quilting Foot has made loops in the thread, but also the stitches are tiny and irregular… The Walking Foot stitches are nice and even in size.

 

It looks to me like the quilter has way too much responsibility for the outcome when using the Quilting Foot, and the machine provides reliable support for stitch length and thread control with the Walking Foot, so I’m sticking with the Walking Foot when I Play-in-the-Ditch!

~Isabella

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