Unfortunately the review week hasn't generated very many questions. Oh well, that just means more time for us to go quilt, right?!
The first question is from Pat at Color me Quilty:
How do I stop my foot snagging on the edges of applique?
Full Question: I really like this foot, it gives me lots of visibility. But this week I kept getting snagged on the hand applique, one side of the foot would slip under part of the applique. Would a closed foot help with this type of project? Or is there something I should do that would avoid this issue?Yes, the particular foot you're using will be a bit tricky to use over applique. The wide mouth, combined with the prongy edges will certainly like to snag on applique edges.
If you only have this one foot, you're going to have to learn how to move the quilt under the foot in a way that will never have the prongs moving towards the edges of the applique. This simply takes practice and a bit of foresight and planning when you go to quilt an applique quilt.
Personally I prefer to stitch sideways over appliques, so the prongs of the foot are perpendicular with the edges of the applique. This means you'll be technically quilting sideways - running from right to left or left to right, keeping the edge of the applique perpendicular with the foot:
The alternative option is to stitch away from yourself, with the back of the foot running over the applique edges like this:
In truth, it might be a good idea to play with both methods and be able to stitch both ways. Looking back at my videos of the sunflower applique from week #14, that's exactly how I quilt - a bit sideways, then a bit back, then rotate the quilt, and stitch a bit sideways, then a bit back.
The one angle that will get your foot snagged is going to be when you stitch forward, towards yourself, with those prongs running straight into the edges of the applique. Of course, it's possible to get good enough at quilting along edges and keeping the applique squished down, and your foot angled away from it that you won't catch it.
And yes, there is another solution and that is to just buy a closed toe darning foot. Then you can stitch in all directions and there will be no prongy things to get stuck in the applique.
Only one problem though - with a closed toe you might not be able to see where you're going!
Next I received this question from Beth via email:
Should I stay stitch the edge of my large quilt before binding?
Full Question: Currently I am working on a cheater cloth quilt (104 x 97) and I have a question about attaching the binding. I had the quilt machine quilted by someone else and I was wondering if I should straight stitch around the whole quilt before I sew on the binding? I thought it might stabilize the edge since it is so large.Here's the most simple advice I've ever given: If it sounds good to you, DO IT!
If you feel the edge of your quilt is going to do the macarana without a bit of extra stitching around the edge, take the extra step and add the stitching!
The same goes for steps you don't feel are necessary. If you don't want to bother blocking your quilt, don't do it.
It's your quilt, and every single one is a learning process. What you decide to do, or not do, and how you do it is entirely up to you.
This is why it's a great idea to keep a quilt journal, or a record of your quilts and how things went. Make sure to make note what batting and thread you used, as well as any extra materials (starch, needles, special threads, etc) that you might want to duplicate later.
You never know when, 5 years down the road, you'll want to duplicate that exact same color of dark red thread, and your quilt journal will definitely come in handy!
Finally one last question from Jackie in the comments of yesterday's post:
I would like to have the pattern for "Batik Beauty" but I am already signed up for the newsletter so how do I go about getting it?
If you're already subscribed to the newsletter, simply let us know and mention "batik beauty" and Josh will send you the link!
That's it for this week. I'm heading into the studio to spend some much needed time cleaning up, then tackling several UFOs all at once. Lol. That kind of makes me sound like a futuristic alien freedom fighter!
Let's go quilt,