Monday, February 02, 2015

Ditching, Ditching, Ditching...

I am happy to say that the Ladies of the Sea quilt is done, and off my machine.  But I am waiting to show pictures of it until I have a non-snowy day so good pics can be taken.  It is gorgeous!

We had yet another snow day today, with everybody home under one roof yet again.  I got started on a newer Judy Neimeyer quilt that Jackie Kunkel made.  She's teaching this in a couple weeks, so this must get finished!  As many of you know, she is also a longarmer, but has less and less time to longarm because of teaching.  Never the less, the fact that she's a teacher makes me want this quilt to look good.  

Here is what the whole quilt looks like...It has loads of piecing and applique details.  Today I started it, stitching some of the aqua , but mostly just doing the SID.  I am only 1/2 through the quilt's SID after 4 hours!  Because this is near and dear to me, and my philosophy as a quilter, I want to show a couple of before and after shots.  Too many quilters avoid SID because they don't like it, or they believe it takes too long so clients don't want to pay properly for their time.  Whatever the reason, it truly MAKES the quilt, and I wouldn't ever quilt one of this level of detail without it.  I'd sooner turn down the job than do it in a substandard way.  

This picture shows the appliques with just background fills - no SID.  Notice how the edges of the piecing and applique are poofy?
Fast forward a couple hours...Below I have ditched the details using Madiera Monolon clear nylon thread.  There are quilters that don't like the clear threads, and it is days like today that make me understand why.  I was fighting the monolon and the batiks left and right.  Sadly, batiks are fine 95% of the time.  It's the one rogue case of trouble that spoils it for all!  Anyhow, the SID makes the applique look great.
 Busy batiks don't show details of quilting very well, so I will be adding more detail after the bulk of the quilt is ditched, and easier fills are done.  This will help to stabilize it.  Here's another section without ditching...points aren't very pointy are they? (points at the top border are SID, but the spikey flower isnt).
 And after ditching... nice and crisp.  It is a two-part equation...or maybe three part.  I have used a wool batting which retains loft, there is dense stitching in the background, AND the SID.
 Happy stitching, shoveling, and whatever else you are doing.  Just know that if we get anymore snow, I won't be seeing anything out my window but. white.  In the last week, 50+" have fallen here!

12 comments:

Leeanne said...

beautiful! Lots of SID..........but I agree it really does make the quilt.

christaquilts.com said...

I agree - ditching makes such a difference! I really enjoyed your article about it, too. I'm going to give clear thread a try again. I have loathed it every time on my Bernina, but I'm going to give some invisible Aurifil a try and see if I can become converted :-)

Jackie Kunkel said...

I LOVE it so far!! Bravo!!!

grendelskin said...

Your work is always a pleasure to see; thanks for sharing some of your process, it's great information!

Gunda B.-S. said...

Such a lovely work. Just got a questin SID means Stitch In the Ditch, or am I wrong?

Gail Bartlett said...

It's gorgeous. Thank you for sharing the difference that SID makes to the end results.

Andrea Diamond said...

I love Jackie's quilt without quilting, but your quilting is making it spectacular!!!

Artquilter said...

I love your quilting and appreciate you showing and teaching us about SID. It really does make a difference. I would like to know if anyone knows someone that quilts realistic landscape and pictorial quilts. I have never heard of anyone that does this and that is the type of quilts I like to make.

April Wells said...

Do you find it better to SID after quilting, and if so what are your reasons? By the way I am in love with your work. I can't wait for a new post.

April Wells said...

Do you find it better to SID after quilting, and if so what are your reasons? By the way I am in love with your work. I can't wait for a new post.

Maggie said...

Yes, it's beautiful! But, but, but, I thought the SID was done first. ??

Maggie in Arizona

bambi said...

I linked over to your blog from Jackie's blog and so glad I did--your quilting is amazing!! Is there a way, that I'm not seeing, to subscribe to receive you blog posts by email? I've looked through a couple of times and can't find the "subscribe" info.
Thanks,
Bambi