Stem or Outline Stitch

Sometimes you just want to draw a line from here to there on the surface of the fabric. That’s where the Stem or Outline Stitch comes to the rescue. It’s a handy stitch for flower stems, of course, but you can also connect tree tops to the ground with this linear stitch. Thus forming the necessary tree trunk.
bird3eTo delineate one shape from another on your quilt top, run the Stem or Outline Stitch just next to the fabric shape. Chose a thread color that is contrasting in color or value to really make the shape pop like this Size 12 Oranges thread around the bird’s body.
 
Here’s how to make Stem or Outline Stitches: Work from right to left. Insert the needle at point B about 1/4″ from point A. Exit the fabric about half way back to A at C and draw the thread through the fabric. Repeat with C now being point A. Have fun!