Stitch in the Ditch
Stitch in the Ditch is a quilting technique that can be done by hand or by using a walking foot on your sewing machine and it is an easy technique for beginners to master.
With this quilting technique you sew your stitches in the "ditch" created by the joins of the pattern pieces, in other words along the seam lines around and or within your blocks.
Depending on the size and complexity of your quilt, you might decide to stitch along all of the seams lines, or just stick with the seams between the blocks.
If you are planning to use this technique, be sure to press your completed quilt top carefully. The seams all need to be pressed to one side and should lay flat. Any pleats or folds in the seam will make your task much more difficult.
Before you start stitching your quilt sandwich, you will need to baste the quilt so that it doesn't move during the quilting process. Once the quilt is securely basted you can start stitching.
Begin at the centre of the quilt with your walking foot on your machine. Slowly stitch along the seam lines towards the edge of the quilt.
The line of stitching should always touch the seam on the quilt top. Don't push, pull or shove the quilt, let your walking foot do all of the work only using your hands to gently guide the quilt under the needle.