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When it comes to stitching Bare Branches, it's good to start with a few simple rows of repeating shapes. Here are the shapes I stitched in a practice fat quarter sized quilt sandwich:
On the plus side, using a design like this in a quilt will really stretch your ability to travel stitch in any direction, at any time. This is a challenging technique, but it's a fundamental one, so much like playing scales on the piano, Bare Branches is a good design to stitch simply to hone your free motion quilting skills.
Another cool feature of this design is how nicely it will show up on your quilts. The area of travel stitching have 2 or 3 threads running over the same area. This is a bit like bolding a word when you're writing.
All the other designs we've learned this year don't have any travel stitching, so they will appear very light on the surface of your quilt. Only one single line of thread is running through that design so it's not going to stand out nearly as much as a design with multiple threads layered together.
Which designs stand out the lightest in this quilt? The ones with heavy travel stitching!
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