Stitching in the ditch is an important sewing and quilting process that anchors your layers and creates clean seams on the right side of your project.
It is a technique used to create a subtle, understated look to the finished quilt. The term “ditch” refers to the seam line between two fabric pieces, and the technique involves stitching right next to that seam, in the “ditch,” so that the stitching blends in and becomes invisible.
To use this technique, the quilter typically sews the quilt top pieces together, then places the quilt sandwich (top, batting, and backing) on the quilting machine or under the needle of a home sewing machine. The quilter then stitches in the ditch, following the seam lines on the top of the quilt, so that the stitching is hidden in the seam.
Stitching in the ditch can be used to create a variety of designs and effects, depending on the fabric choices and the stitching patterns used. It’s often used in conjunction with other quilting techniques, such as free-motion quilting or stippling, to create a finished quilt that is both visually appealing and structurally sound.
Ashley Nickels explains how to do it in this brief tutorial.
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