And how amazing is a quarter inch foot? Oh yes, well worth the money. So now the quilt is all sewn together, with two more crumb blocks, and a fairly narrow border strip having been added. Not only that, but also with batting and a backing made up of various sized leftover pieces from the same set of self-dyed fabric, and all tacked together with huge stitches in the middle of my sashing.
With hindsight, I should have paid more attention and centred the letters within the white background BEFORE adding the sashing, getting rid of the excess fabric (or at least restashing it and now I can't find it again) and then having to accept it and just sew it all together. It's particularly evident with the D which has no white on two sides and is a very wide letter, but it's an issue with lots of the letters. Perhaps if I'd put the crumb blocks differently, it wouldn't have been so obvious. Never mind, I've learnt a lot with that mistake! So I thought I'd move on, trim them all to the exact size (another thing I've learnt to do before sewing it all together) and get it quilted. By hand.
Then I got stuck. I tried to handquilt 'in the ditch' thinking I'd do this along the bottom of each letter horizontally then vertically - just a simple hand quilted grid following the sashing. But all those random seams, some of which are quite thick, make it really hard!
Handquilted along top of Z
It's not that hard to sew evenly along the main seam at the front (I've done a full horizontal from W to Z, and half from T to Z). But there's something about my stitching angle and my needle can go HORRIBLY wrong through the layers, requiring quite a bit of ripping out & redoing, and even now it's not great....
What I'd like to achieve is even stitches in a straight line on both sides. But despite never having had the problem before (albeit on plain cloth), I don't seem to be able to get it right (as clearly seen above). Maybe I should have ironed the creases out of the backing too, but I'm going to wash it after it's made up, so hopefully it won't matter.
Any tips? Should I be using a hoop? I do own some of that paper quilting tape that you pin down for even stitches, but it's smaller stitches than I want to use and won't help with the angles?
Should I just give up & machine it with a meander or a straight stitch?
HELP!!!! All advice gratefully received!
This is why for the first time in ages, I'm posting my Design Wall on Judy Laquidara's blog, I KNOW you will know where I'm going wrong, and hopefully you'll tell me how to put it right....