Wednesday, March 16, 2016
To Knot or Not
As I was reading a quilting book last week I learned of another way to begin. In Scraps, Blocks & Quilts: Patterns and Techniques, Judy Martin recommends cutting a length of thread 24-36" long, threading the needle but not knotting it. Take a stitch and pull the thread halfway through the fabric and begin quilting. When at the end of the thread, don't knot it. Instead, take a small backstitch, push the needle between the layers to a seam, take a small stitch in the seam line, then push the needle between the layers again back in the direction it came and along the seam line. Bring the thread to the top and cut it even with the top layer.
To continue stitching, go back to the other half of the thread that was left on the top of the quilt and being stitching in the other direction.
Anyone ever do that? I haven't tried it yet. I'm not sure how secure the thread would be without a knot at the end.
I've made a little progress on blocks for this quilt this week.
I've been making a pile of parts of blocks and instead of putting them together I decided to make a hefty stack and then sew the sashing between to make the blocks. I keep finding more scraps and if I sew the four small blocks and sashing together as I find the scraps, some of the same fabrics may end up in groups. Can't have cliques in my quilts, can I?
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