Finish your quilt with stitch-in-the-ditch quilting

In these two videos, Marguerita layers, pins and quilts a 90″ x 90″ quilt using the stitch in the ditch method. The first video describes the prep work and tools and the second video shows how to manage the bulk of the quilt while quilting it as well as tips to prevent puckers in the backing.

Margie Wallace, owner of Quilters Candy Shoppe has put together a kit of recommended tools for basic machine quilting and offers *you* a discount price when you mention that you watched the video and are ready to finish a quilt when you order!

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  1. Cecelia Ray says:

    I can’t seem to get to the second video on stitch in the ditch quilting. I have Firefox. Can you help me ?


  2. admin says:

    Hi Cecilia, I will email you the link also, but here’s the direct link to it on YouTube:

  3. Lorean says:

    I love the way you explain this too me THANKS. But I question is should I start in the middle than work my way out I have zigzag pattern? and this is my frist time doing this and I don’t have a walking foot can it still be done with just a regular foot?

  4. admin says:

    Hi Lorean, Yes, I always start in the middle of the quilt and work my way out evenly. You don’t have to have a walking foot – it’s just nice if you do 🙂 You can use your decorative stitch foot and wider opening needleplate and do a zigzag – it’s a very popular method of quilting. Don’t be too worried about it – just go for it and have fun!

  5. sue skrove says:

    how do i view the second part of your viedo the sewing part?

  6. admin says:

    Hi Sue, here’s a link to the second video –

  7. Debbie says:

    Hi Sue: Your sewing machine that your using in the video do you have it set into a big flat table it seems bigger that a regular sewing cabinet….my husband is standing here holding his breath waiting for your answer, because it is what I think it is he has another project to build me…..

  8. admin says:

    Hi Debbie, I built this table using rigid foam insulation – there’s a tutorial here and I even write a book about it that is available on the Kindle 🙂 Thanks so much and tell your hubby it’s a piece of cake to make! Marguerita

  9. Debbie says:

    I have a New Joy Quilt Frame and a Brothers 1500S…I love the sewing machine hate—hate—hate the frame…’s uncomfortable to sew with because you have to hunch over and try and watch your machine and watch your pattern and do three other things at the same time and then you have to pull up all the threads and tie and push them back into the layers…sooooo I bought your kindle book read it cover to cover TWICE made a list went shopping and we’re putting it together today….I donated the New Joy Quilt Frame to our church quilting group and I am going back to quilting where I feel like I have some control and it’s actually fun again. So this is for all of you quilters that think you really want a machine quilting frame…rule out the expense they are time consuming, space consuming, and unless you have alot of money to spend on stitch regulators, computerized bells and whistles in my opinion it’s not worth it, all of the prep and time you have to spend before you ever get to the actual quilting part and not being able to see your pattern and the quilt on a whole it’s just not worth the expense. Deb

  10. Marguerita says:

    Wow. I believe that you will feel better immediately! I have owned a huge longarm, a midarm and then a small system, similar to yours, and they were all a LOT of work, and yes, took up a huge amount of space. Now I just have a couple of sewing machines encased in their custom tables, with the table height that suits me perfectly!

    Have fun, enjoy your quilting and let me know how it works out for you 🙂

  11. Sherri says:

    Hi Debbie
    I have made my 1st quilt about 2 yrs ago. My daughter lives it but I am afraid if I wash it right now it would mess up the quilt batting material. So it has been sitting in a corner of my room waiting to be finished. At first I wanted to do some swirly stitches then someone suggest to stitch around the butterflies then the cross in the centre of the other squares.
    I have it pinned it to my living room floor with quilting pins.
    I would interested in what u though.