Ok, after that brief pause to learn circles, let's get back to our project. Here you have to think about what stitching needs to be completed before you quilt it and what needs to wait for the quilting. You have cut out shapes on the top of your project and those need to be finished. So let's start with those. Here's where you can utilize the circles that we've been playing with. You need to choose a stitch that covers well and cover all the raw edges on the top. Yes, they do have plain straight stitching right next to the raw edge and you will need to cover that stitching as well as cover up the raw edge. In these first examples I am using a very wide satin stitch.
|Trimming close to your stitching|
|Raw Edged Stitched Shape--Cut Out|
To check your stitch out before you use it on your quilt top, put stabilizer behind one of the unused charms and see how your stitch--thread--will work.
Stitch around all your open shapes and raw edges. Please use stabilizer--you will be so much more happy with the results! I did stop and change thread colors at the seams where my colors changed. I did it for effect so you don't have to.
With each section, when you take the piece out of the machine, turn it over and pull your thread tails to the under side. Tie them by hand so they don't get caught up in other stitching and so they don't come out. This step will really make your piece neat and tidy on top.
Once you are done, turn the piece over and carefully tear out the stabilizer.
|Yes, I used two sheets of stabilizer and overlapped them.|
The next step is to play with the doodling on your piece. We will tackle that next.