The word “quilt” is super confusing because it’s a noun, a verb, a specific process of sewing, and also describes the general act of quiltmaking. I’m working on hand quilting a project now and wondered if there are other stitches you can quilt with? Very helpful and practical tips. Thanks again for all your advice, just from watching the video I can tell hand quilting will be quicker than I assumed! Heather Thomas shows you how to baste a large quilt on a table that is smaller than the quilt by using clamps and only pinning in the areas she plans to quilt. I don’t know if I would do it again, but I probably will. ), except for […], […] Harris has some wonderful tips for quilting a large quilt. So far, I have anxiety about that and I have not attempted fully. I have a Bernina 440, and a Juki 2010QE I did blog posts on both. The image below is of a Throw size Shortcake Quilt, and imagine if I was sitting right at the START points. I have a possible suggestion for threads that keep breaking. I move to my huge dining table when I’m quilting something big. I do know of someone in Maine that does long-arm quilting. With the density of the weave? Kathy P. Hi Kathy! I’m new to quilting and falling in love with the various patterns, techniques and fabrics. Thanks in advance x. and I can’t seem to get the rocking motion from the front to the back.. My stitches on the back don’t show up…Any suggestions. Also, if this sleeve is being sewn just for a show and is temporary, sew large stitches so that you finish it more quickly and have an easier time ripping it off once you get the quilt … I just bought your fly away pattern to make a baby quilt for my favorite niece. I am recently moving from years as a hand-quilter (tiny needle, 10-12 stitches per inch) to machine quilting…can’t fit thimbles on my arthritic finger anymore. Thanks! I certainly appreciate your hints. My question is simple .. when you quilt with the rocking motion what are you doing with the hand that is under the quilt?! Everything I cover here in this blog I also cover in the video. Below is a finished picture of my Reflections quilt and also what I looked like at 14 weeks pregnant. I have never quilted, but I am encouraged to give it a try. You can do it with regular 40 wt. You can see examples in my Maypole pillow and pink Fly away quilt. Batting can recommend anywhere from 4-10 inches, so that makes a big difference in the space between the ties. A little weird to build this in, but I know I will make some errors. The photo is a bit blurry, but that's how I was taking most of my photos in 2014. It drives me nuts to quilt without them! The video showing you how I do big stitch quilting – a super easy and fun hand quilting technique! Truly enjoyed the tutorial, but my problem is that I am left handed…. And are you using DMC Pearl cotton thread #8? ha!). That makes the quilting feel extra unique and special. Use tiny needles when you quilt by hand (these are—no surprise—called quilting needles). When machine quilting I bump my stitch length up from a 2.5 to a 3. Thank you so much! If you want to replace the batting, you will need to unpick all of the quilting, rebaste with new batting and then quilt it. I also raise the fabric up and towards the needle for a more comfortable rocking rhythm. I continue to work with the organization, but am also increasing the size of my personal quilts to get more experience quilting larger quilts on my new Janome 6500P, which was a recent birthday gift. Starting Quilting To start quilting, place the quilt under the walking foot and manually or with an up down button move the threaded needle down and up. I made many on that machine but with age and arthritis I have adjusted yet again to a Baby Lock Coronet. Slip the dowel over cleats attached to the wall, and you have a safe, nearly invisible wall hanger that makes your textile the star … If you are confident and want to try it…then go for it! Here’s a blog post with a bit more info on batting if you’re interested. I have started a quilt for my granddaughter and I have been doing it wrong. I am SOOOOOO looking forward to using a different gauge. First off–you are adorable and have beautiful skin!!! Great question and that is something I meant to cover, so I’m glad you bring it up. P.S. The pins in my quilt were quite a pain to work around. My advice is to take a small sample of the same materials that you are using in your project and practice on that first. I have a friend of my mother´s pattern for the ¨Cathedral Window¨ and/or Saratoga quilt. LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of breaking it up into quarters so only a bit is in the throat at a time! Make a quilter’s knot on the end in the following way: make 3 loops around the needle, and holding these loops slide them down to the bottom. I hope I’m not repeating a question but how long would you estimate your stitches are? In addition to wearing a thimble (or two) that fits well, I suggest doing different wrist stretches as needed. …. Quilting is what gives a quilt its personality. Let’s say you have a Queen size quilt that needs finishing, and you are deciding whether to send that bad boy to a quilter or tackle the quilting yourself. Not sure if that’s better– it’s just how I was taught. My quilting is mostly with a walking foot (thanks, Jacquie Gering) and it is slow! I just want to add that spraying does not have to be expensive; I spray very sparingly and a single can has lasted for a few queen-size quilts. There, I told the truth again and I am free. I have a multicolored quilt made up of 2″ squares on an angle backed with off white muslin…..if I hand quilt it with thread to match the squares won’t the back look kinda janky? Great question! If you're really scared make up a small quilt sandwich and have a practice on some fugly fabric. Breaking it up into sections makes it less overwhelming and easier to handle under the machine. Hi, I stumbled upon your tutorial on hand quilting. I’m so glad it helped! Then use pins to go over everything again and make sure it’s all very secure. Great question! No question is silly, but I’m not sure I totally understand what you’re asking, so let me know if this response doesn’t make sense. Thanks. Support the weight of the quilt. At the most basic level, quilting merely holds the quilt together, but the design gives dimension and additional artistry to the piece. Since I made my first quilt, which was 10 years ago, hand stitching is the only I make my quilts. read more about quilt marking tools here. Big Stitch Quilting, also sometimes called utility quilting, is a hand quilting technique for stitching together all the layers of the quilt. Thank you. I have a fair amount of time to work on it – think I’m crazy to try it? I’m wanting to make a large quilt with a combo of machine and hand quilting using straight lines. Especially if it is a large quilt (bigger than baby), use another table, a couch, or a chair next … I know practice practice…. Great question! I think you’ll get there. Well, at least I haven’t encountered that. There are a few things you may want to consider to help you decide, like if your sewing machine is sturdy and handle the weight and size of the quilt, if your back and shoulders are strong enough to hold up the weight of the quilt for long periods of time, and if you’re prepared to baste a large quilt (and if you have space!). Let your creativity dictate what you decide to do. Meet the Wish quilt! Once the knot is underneath the quilt top, I like to rub it into the batting layer a bit so that the knot gets nicely tangled in the fibers of the batting. I’ve only used quilters thread and teeny tiny needles, which are difficult for arthritic hands. I can’t believe how big she has gotten! My only suggestion to add is that instead of quilting an all over design, work using filler patterns in individual blocks or sections of blocks. I used bamboo in the sage and cream Reflections seen in this blog and wool in the Maypole and Modern Fans baby quilt. You do not want these stitches to be seen from the front. Your blogs are so helpful and I can see my quilting finally starting to improve. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I do not know if I could do a quilt on my machine. I started quilting on a domestic machine. What kind of thread are you using? https://www.fabricworm.com/mbs-mineral.html A machine with a generous harp space makes a big difference in reducing the amount of quilt wrestling required. Supplies and Basting. Let's start with my very first attempt at hand quilting. I am also wondering what you think about a variegated thread, either shades of the same color or different colors. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!! Get it here! The really good part, though, is that the quilt turned out to be beautiful! I think I understand .. I’m also interested to see the size of the stitch, and the associated gap, I think I have been trying to make the stitch, and gap, too small which is making life really tricky! Also I'd love to hear your hand quilting tips! :), I’m fairly new to quilting and I’ve quilted each of my own quilts; my first being a king log cabin that I did ‘in the ditch’. Great question! It is possible to have your quilt professionally quilted or to hand quilt, but the most common choice is home machine quilting. Beginner here–I have yet to quilt anything and had a question. I like that idea a lot! Would that be too busy? Thanks so much for the video tutorial AND thank you for adding the written instructions and links. Do you have any suggestions for your second favorite thimble to use? Thank you so much! -Jean. I do have a question though, I have an old quilt dated back in the family but with years it has started to come apart & obviously the batting is almost none existent. I laughed and learned. Spoon Quilting – With a spoon, the thumb on the hand that is under the frame fits into the bowl of the spoon and the edge of the spoon pokes into the underside of the quilt. I also send out anything that is for display at a quilt show or will be hanging in a shop. haha! Your batting packaging will say and it’s usually around 8″ – 10″ apart. All my be ever used is a Singe Featherweight. She’s similar to me in that she sends most large quilts out for longarming if possible (the […]. This is going to sound crazy, but I hand quilted a quilt once and strained a muscle in my neck from looking down too much. Happy 4 July to you from Australia , Pingback: Your Guide to Finding the Best Thimble - Suzy Quilts. Thanks for sharing your talent. No joint stress, great stitches, I am happy. You can read more about quilt marking tools here. I loved reading this! Maybe a bit in the white would be good. I’m not a creeper–honest! So nice to know I can quilt that way more selectively and it looks so nice? Is the machine flat in the table or above the table. Because of your diagram and instructions, I was able to complete the quilting on my small lap project much easier. Truthfully, I didn’t give them a fair shot. I’m so glad I came across this post, your vid was enjoyable to watch and listen to… I’m a first time handsewer and I’ve been getting conflicting suggestions on type of stitch. Since I’m right handed, my left hand’s job is to gently stabilize the quilt sandwich. https://www.freespiritfabrics.com/product_images/FS2180TP%20Center%20Stage-VERSION%202.pdf I think it’s very doable, but you may want to sew a combination of machine and hand quilting. fancy look like I did here with 12 wt. ‘ Good for you… keep up the good work…, I knew someone would say they like the Sashiko needles! TIA for all input….. I used the same technique I show in this post (How to Sew Binding on a Quilt) except instead of hand stitching a whip stitch, I used my same thick #8 thread and sewed a running stitch. Make sense? Hi Allison, I love CluckCluckSew! If you are interested in other stitches, check out sashiko. . 1. I just finished hand quilting a Christmas quilt for our bed. If this happens I just unstitch enough stitches so that I have room to rethread my needles and finish by popping my knot into the quilt top. What is your preferred batting if you plan on hand quilting? Block tutorial can be found here (click here). Push several stitches onto the needle before pulling the needle through. I love the way just a small amount hand quilting can give the quilt a vintage look. Even though I've filmed many spontaneous Facebook live videos and IG stories about hand quilting, only now have I planted myself in a chair and filmed everything I know on how to hand quilt. Below are links to tutorials on the different stages of the quilting process. I’m assuming the sashing is a solid color so you will be able to see the stitching? Most importantly I’d say don’t worry too much about perfection or screwing it up when your quilting . I really appreciate this video. Goes to show, there is always more to learn. thread. PS our friend used white drapery lining fabric to make it along with scraps from her home sewing for inserts! © 2015 Cluck Cluck Sew | All Rights Reserved. basting, hand quilting will always feel special to me in a way other techniques don't. Thanks for all you do! Hi Suzy! Pingback: The Reflections Quilt Pattern: A Modern Strip Quilt - Suzy Quilts, Suzy, thank you for taking the time to get back to me, busy person that you are. Writing this tutorial loomed large in my head, because there's so much to say! HI, loved the hand quilting video. Can you suggest a great Beginners sewing machine for quilting? You explain everything so well and give so many practical tips that it seems your way of working is more like mine. YES! Also, aside from a basic running stitch seen here, you could chain stitch for a “solid” line look rather than a “dashed” line. The key here is to make a secure knot that's not too big to pop through the weave of your fabric. Triangle Jitters Quilt Pattern (Download). We probably all fear quilting large quilts :). Don’t be afraid to start and stop in the middle! Thanks in anticipation, Samantha. It’s also a great reason to grow your thread stash. I just did my first little trial of hand stitching and it’s so addicting! The first quilt I hand quilted the back looks very different from the front. Thanks for visiting! Hoping to start soon. Great question! Quilts can be sent to Missouri Star Quilt Company. Try only double knotting. You are so generous with your time! I’m looking to do some hand quilting (already have some machine quilting) on a baby quilt on a road trip later this month. I have a. Thanks for this tutorial – super helpful! Suzy, loved your video. , Hand quilting is all about touch and what feels right. Thanks! thanks a lot for your advices and your time. That was such an awesome video girl! My daughter loves it! I won’t quilt without them now! I loved the tutorial, thank you! , Thanks for your tutorial. LOL. Basically anything that will be looked at closely by other people I send to a professional. I am more of a Machine embroidered. I’ve also ripped out a lot of quilting if it’s just not right. This is so great! Instead just start in the center, quilt a section, and end in the middle. I’m signing up for your newsletter because I can see that your quilts are my style–kind of modern in color and pattern. Yes, I can confirm that I used no machine quilting on that Fly Away quilt. It’s a woven fabric made by Free Spirit Fabrics. This fab, Fall quilt finished just in time to stuff it in a, I’m FORCING myself to finish my fall quilt today, It's always hard to see in a tiny photo, but Kaitl, Big blocks = less blocks to make! Few people ever find our errors. Took for-EVAR but I would do it again. Your batting packaging will tell you specifically how far apart you need to quilt your quilt for the sandwich to stay together. Suzy this is just plain awesome. One of these days I’ll try it and write all about it! https://suzyquilts.com/quilt-marking-tools/, What are your Favorite Hand Quilting Resources? I’ve done a little hand quilting on mini quilts and some baby-ish sized quilts, but nothing this size. Aren’t gloves the best? Thanks . And Jennifer’s tip, ‘take breaks’; great advice. To know what I'm talking about, check out the video above. Today I thought I’d share my process of how I prepped the quilt for hand quilting. ⠀ haha! Give that knot a little yank and pop it through to the inside of the quilt. Your thread consistently breaking is really annoying and definitely something we can prevent. – it’s pretty thick. Do you use the same colour thread for the entire quilt? These are such great tips. Never let the weight of the quilt drag on your machine…therefore, stop and readjust your FMQ often. | Evening in the Garden Quilts, How To Machine Quilt | Blossom Heart Quilts. However, if that does happen, try again and be a bit more gentle. :). I find it very different to control a rolled up log of a large quilt. I started in the bottom left corner and grew those crazy rolling hills outward. Love your comment about fussing over perfection…so good! You won't know if you can do it until you do. In that posture I’m totally relaxed and have easy access to the back of the quilt. Sometimes I recommend products, and if you click on those links, I may earn a small commission. You gotta start somewhere! So many colors! Lift it up. If you use thinner thread than 12 wt., you will probably want to coat it in a wax so that it doesn’t tangle. I really love the handstitching aspect of quilting because it is so portable. Hi Suzy – Not sure if you are still responding to questions given how long ago you posted this tutorial .. which is awesome btw. I really enjoyed your hand quilting tutorial….since I’m new to your postings, I’m wondering if you have instructions on marking for Baptist fan quilting….I would love to use this design for a hand quilted project. You're here to learn a sewing skill that has been passed down from generation to generation for...generations! Thread: I have a handful of articles on thread. Begin inserting your needle into your quilt top. I’ve seen 10-12 and 8-10. Pingback: How to Sew Curves in a Quilt - Suzy Quilts. The only time I thought, “sheesh this is a tight weave!” was when hand quilting with poplin. But even then, there are tricks to making it work. One question I have regarding hand quilting is about some of your thread colours. After that it’s time to quilt the layers! Some of them are fully hand quilted, and some of them use both machine quilting and hand quilting. I usually make my quilts by hand. You have to plan the whole process from the get go, but I don’t think I’ll ever send out another quilt to the longarmer. Create a Seamless Border. Use a running stitch and try to make them as small as possible. I am currently hand quilting my first quilt! What do you do if the thread breaks before the the knot goes through the fabric when you are tying it off? Basting your sandwich well, working from the middle out in quadrants, and taking breaks often, are good tips. I’m so happy your found my tutorial helpful! Great tips! There’s a variety of techniques for covering the seams on the back. thread. Your a great teacher. A fleece backing sounds heavenly today…what a great idea! I broke the thread a couple times and am wondering if using pre-washed vs washed fabric makes a difference? It looks like there is no machine quilting on that quilt. If you want a more precise look, you’ll need a template or stencil. Thanks for sharing your designs. Thanks! With your right hand thumb, push down on the quilt top in front of the needle, making the bump more defined, and now you can push the needle through that bump. In the tutorial what size of yarn thread did you use? That way you are only moving a small amount of quilt while you are sewing. WOW! My fellow quilters don’t understand why I hand stitch my quilts. (For some reason this always make me think of the bend and snap from Legally Blonde. Thanks for your advice and I look forward to reading more from you:). Have you release it yet? You are a sweetheart! Bless you and your baby. The dining room is faaar far away from my sewing area next to the kitchen haha, If you have the room get yourself a ping pong table (craigslist – $75.00)…sure helps when doing basting (I swear by spray basting) and for doing your quilting…I got the table when I was making a T-shirt quilt for my sister and we’ve used it for more things than quilting…right now it has about a bushel of hazelnuts drying on top and using it for storage underneath…, My husband loved this comment Peggy…he wants a Ping Pong table! Once you know if you enjoy sewing, you can decide if you want to invest in special equipment like a sewing machine. , Pingback: Free Grow Pillow Pattern - Suzy Quilts. The best way to hand quilt a running stitch is to rock your needle in and out, up and down, using your thimble-covered finger. I use one made by Clover. I tend to sew large quilts and FMQ them myself. This is one of the ways I’m able to support myself and continue writing free content. Yes…taking breaks is so important! To know what I'm talking about, check out the video above. You don’t have to start and end on the edges…and it’s really hard to smoosh the whole quilt through the machine neck to get to the center. Since most people do not have easy access to a sewing machine, it is a good learn to 'hand sew' project. Great tutorial! Most longarm quilters will sew an all-over pattern on the quilt, however if you pay extra, some will sew a custom design. When friends ask me about the quilt my instant reply is, “Never again! Beautiful quilts! and am now a follower! I have only really used straight lines or outlining the pattern in the fabric within a block. Great tip! A back stitch is when you stitch back and forth to lock a stitch into place. My oh my, what an improvement for me but at the same time I was still moving a big quilt. How to Quilt by Hand. I quilted a baby blanket once on my machine and can’t imagine anything larger than that would be feasible on a sewing machine. I usually give myself a few days to do big quilts and come back to it now and then so it’s not a huge task all at once! I have always used a Roxanne and not easy on arthritic fingers. A basic square quilt is the easiest pattern, as it can be effortlessly laid out in a grid, … Based on your quilt batting instructions, make sure you have quilting close enough together so your three layers remains stable. You could stitch the whole quilt in the ditch and then add some hand quilting just in the sashing. Great info ! I never thought about the mixing of machine and hand quilting but I am definitely going to try it as it will certainly save some time. I think a running stitch will be best for your hand quilting project. Throw that old dull needle out. Make sense? They also gave wonderful products and a knowledgeable staff. Hand quilting Appliqué ... so such as this quilt that has this big block that's fusible applique then I don't mind quilting within the applique so I'll just add some echo lines but I'll keep the quilting within the applique fairly simple because I don't want to take away from the design that it makes and I don't want to really try to force a bunch of stuff in here. Love this video! Love your tutorials and all the gorgeous quilts! I actually prefer to lay my quilts flat on a table. Pingback: What are your Favorite Hand Quilting Resources? I am going to invest in a multi color pack of pearl cotton for my next project. It will add some business to the overall look, but Tula’s fabric is already pretty bright and busy so I think it will work really well. 12 wt. What do you think of that? Your site, blog and FB page are all informative and more importantly they are very inspirational. Thanks so much for taking the time to make this special video! The quilts go to children in hospitals, homeless shelters, etc. Did you hand sew the binding down onto the Reflections quilt with the same technique as you would with a machine? A contrasting color of thread and the thicker it is, the more it pops, and the more it’s noticeable. Usually that’s about 3″. You can find their quilt tutorials on You Tube. Heather explains that is it very common to not have enough space to lay out an entire quilt, but that it is possible to learn how to baste a large quilt on a small table. Once the knot is through, I give the hole a little scratch with my fingernail to close it up. You can see my post on marking tools here – https://suzyquilts.com/quilt-marking-tools/. I’ve already planned to talk to my quilt guild about hand quilting this month, so I’ll pass along your blog post to them too! This isn't the largest quilt ever, but it is a nice video about a way to handle all the bulk. 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