Have you heard about the Row by Row Experience? It started yesterday! The theme this year is H2O. Many, many shops across the USA and Canada will have a free row pattern for you to pick up in person! Many will have kits to purchase, no need to worry about what fabrics to use. And licence plates for sale with quilty sayings. I think the plates are my favorite part. Some of my Snuggle Tails are on display at Sturbridge Quilting and Sewing in their Row by Row H2O display!!
The free patterns run through September 8th. So hit the road and have fun collecting and making your quilts! I’ve talked about supporting your local quilt shops. This is a great “excuse” (not that you need an excuse) to search and find quilt shops as you travel this summer. How about getting a car load of quilters together? Road Trip!!!
As you visit the shops, do me a favor, make a purchase! Add a fabric to an existing project, find a new tool, look for a pattern, pick up the batting or thread to finish a quilt.
My tips today are from my Wonderful Little World little houses quilt. I did a lot of stitching in the ditch to highlight the houses and trees. My preference is to stitch IN the ditch, not on top. You decide what you like. Which ever you choose, be consistent as possible.
#1 – Keep your ditch stitching consistent.
Staying with quilting stitches, I like to match my bobbin thread to the top thread. This will help disguise any pokies. Tension is very important to make sure your stitches lock in the middle of your batting. By using the same thread or at least the same color, if the tension is off it is less noticeable .
#2 – match top and bottom thread.