I used a Hera marker as a went. Thanks! There are a few steps to take before and after you jump into hand quilting. I’ve done a wabi-sabi Baptist fan design a couple times. Piecing your quilt is the step where you get to see your hard work start to pay off. I’m looking to do some hand quilting (already have some machine quilting) on a baby quilt on a road trip later this month. If it is, viola! I love quilting and am presently watching videos on the above. You can do it with regular 40 wt. I have a friend of my mother´s pattern for the ¨Cathedral Window¨ and/or Saratoga quilt. The Sewing. Great question! Hoping to launch it soon!! I also raise the fabric up and towards the needle for a more comfortable rocking rhythm. In that posture I’m totally relaxed and have easy access to the back of the quilt. I use one made by Clover. You can learn more about that here. ‘ Good for you… keep up the good work…, I knew someone would say they like the Sashiko needles! , Hand quilting is all about touch and what feels right. Also, did you start in the middle and work your way out and what did you use to mark those perfect semi-circles? In the beginning, try sewing two stitches at a time. Our posts contain affiliate links where we may be compensated for any purchases you make. . I actually prefer to lay my quilts flat on a table. Please consider this for a future project and demonstration. Thanks so much for the video tutorial AND thank you for adding the written instructions and links. This will keep tension off of your other fingers and, with enough practice, will give you the most even stitches. Will they hold up in a washer? 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. I’ve been intimidated by hand quilting but your hybrid method seems a perfect fit for a newbie handquilter. If you've been wondering how to quilt by hand… I would have to say that Sashiko needles are my best friend! Thanks so much for the great tutorial! Thank you so much for just being yourself and letting it be fun. 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. I love the way just a small amount hand quilting can give the quilt a vintage look. Great tutorial! Hi Suzy. Thanks! 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. I LOVED hand quilting – it’s so relaxing. I will be subscribing. 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. If you’re not sure how to begin or are unclear on the details involved, then worry not. WOW! For example, if you are making a simple nine-patch quilt, lay out all nine squares to make up one complete block. Quilt top: pieced fabric, typically put together in blocks. Your thread consistently breaking is really annoying and definitely something we can prevent. I learned to hand quilt a few years ago, and since then I've spent hundreds of hours stitching away. Yes, I can confirm that I used no machine quilting on that Fly Away quilt. I broke the thread a couple times and am wondering if using pre-washed vs washed fabric makes a difference? I was wondering if you have tips for taking care of your hands and wrists while you’re stitching all these lines! Oh! TIA for all input….. Your batting packaging will say and it’s usually around 8″ – 10″ apart. Once you feel confident with that, add a third and then a fourth. My question is, how far apart can you space your quilting (say you are quilting straight lines—I’m asking about the space between lines rather than between stitches) without causing a problem? what would you do? I wish you all the best for the coming months! Goes to show, there is always more to learn. That means we earn commission for purchases made through some of our links. Happy 4 July to you from Australia , Pingback: Your Guide to Finding the Best Thimble - Suzy Quilts. Thanks! It shouldn’t be breaking on you like that. I wrote a thimble post with a link if you’re interested – https://suzyquilts.com/best-thimble/. ha!). Quilting Lay your quilt top face down on a flat surface. I am currently hand quilting my first quilt! Quick question: Is using a single strand of thread (vs. doubling it up) a personal preference for hand quilting or is single vs. double better? Whether you choose a detailed pattern or go with the classic square design (always the best starting point for hand quilting beginners), it’s best to use fabrics that are the same or at least similar in construction to each other. Below is a finished picture of my Reflections quilt and also what I looked like at 14 weeks pregnant. thread in my machine unless I want a fancy look like I did here with 12 wt. I have a fair amount of time to work on it – think I’m crazy to try it? Thank you for this terrific tutorial! I’d love to share them with you. Jane is the Editor of SewingFromHome.com and has over two decades of experience sewing, knitting and embroidering. Most quilts are made of three layers: a single sheet of fabric for the back; a nice, warm layer of batting; and a top layer made of multiple pieces of fabric sewn together to create either a coherent design or, if you’re not in the market for a real pattern, a patchwork collection of random fabrics! I must own 30 different thimbles and none work! This will keep tension off of your other fingers and, with enough practice, will give you the most even stitches. Purchase a sheet of batting that mirrors the desired size of your quilt. One of these days I’ll try it and write all about it! I have always wanted to hand quilt a quilt but I haven’t dared to yet. At least every hour put your needle down, stand up, walk around, drink some water, and figuratively hit the refresh button. https://www.freespiritfabrics.com/product_images/FS2180TP%20Center%20Stage-VERSION%202.pdf None of these programs affect the price that you pay on any purchases made – but it does help us keep the bills paid. Keep in mind, while sewing, that the seams need to be as even as possible. Also – your videos make me laugh – thanks for not being boring. Love your tutorials and all the gorgeous quilts! One question I have regarding hand quilting is about some of your thread colours. Don't worry about ripping your fabric. I’m new to quilting and falling in love with the various patterns, techniques and fabrics. Hi Suzy, If you were to compare it to stitch length on a sewing machine, try to make them no larger than 6 in length. Hi! Well, at least I haven’t encountered that. I just did my first little trial of hand stitching and it’s so addicting! Some of them are fully hand quilted, and some of them use both machine quilting and hand quilting. Throw that old dull needle out. 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? Ina. I’m working on hand quilting a project now and wondered if there are other stitches you can quilt with? Repeat until you run out of yarn. You don’t want your stitches so large that they become like basting stitches and can easily be pulled out, however, they do not need to hit a certain stitch/inch quota to be secure. One thing I do differently is when I knot off at the end, I go through the entire thickness of the quilt and pull the thread out through the back. 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. Very informative. Thanks! As much as I love picking fabric, piecing on my machine and even (can it be?) Throw quilts are actually the largest size I will machine quilt on my machine. Great info ! Question about popping the knot, both at the beginning and end: is there a special trick to get it through without breaking? The rocking motion does take more practice than you think it should. Most longarm quilters will sew an all-over pattern on the quilt, however if you pay extra, some will sew a custom design. What kind of thread are you using? If you tried before hand sewing , you know that it has many benefits as it relaxes you, helping you feel so proud at the end of your projects. I just finished basting my rocksteady quilt and want to do a mixture of machine and hand quilting — any advice about which one to do first? Time to stitch! Sign Up for the Newsletter, Get a Free Pattern! 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! If you are interested in other stitches, check out sashiko. So resourceful! June 2019 – stay tuned! When you do, tie off the last stitch, cut the needle free, re-thread the … Sew with the same ¼ inch border around the edges of your top design. , Pingback: The 5 Types & Sizes of Hand Quilting Needles - Suzy Quilts. Very interesting tutorial. thread. 2 Lay a layer of batting atop the face down … I have only really used straight lines or outlining the pattern in the fabric within a block. After that it’s time to quilt the layers! This will leave you with flatter pieces that you can better adjust as needed. I took one look at their massive size, let out a little squeak and went back to my embroidery needles. Push the needle down through all three layers of the quilt fabric and then up again about 1/4" (6.35mm) away from the initial down stitch. Thank you for your support! If you find that the weave of your fabric is really tight, one thing I do is stick my needle into the hole where I”m going to pop the knot, but before pulling it through, I stretch out that hole a bit with the needle. Beginner here–I have yet to quilt anything and had a question. The key here is to make a secure knot that's not too big to pop through the weave of your fabric. However, if that does happen, try again and be a bit more gentle. I just think that if you want your quilt to stand up under wear and tear, it’s good to have those layers nice and secure. Thanks for taking the time to share your talents! You can see my post on marking tools here – https://suzyquilts.com/quilt-marking-tools/. I just finished hand quilting a Christmas quilt for our bed. You can make your own or get one. , Thanks for your tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!! Instead of straight lines I’m going around the picture outlines. Let me know if you would like to see some pics of some of my work. Thanks so much for taking the time to make this special video! I have so many feeelings about hand quilting. I hope you found this video and tutorial on how to hand quilt helpful and informative! 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. 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’ve seen 10-12 and 8-10. I’ve collected all my supplies and have been practicing. This quilt is baby sized but makes a nice lap quilt in this same … , Pingback: Free Grow Pillow Pattern - Suzy Quilts. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. How should I go about, should I open her up completely & put a brand new batting in & try to put her back together? … Pierce the fabric with your needle, catching only the quilt top and not the batting or backing, about 1" away from where the stitches will start. When making a quilt, you first sew the quilt top together completely. When you’re learning how to quilt by hand, it’s important to get to know, and practice the basic stitches: Quilter’s knot: wrap your thread three times around the threaded needle and pull these 3 loops of thread down until you get a knot at the end of the thread. Have you release it yet? If you want a more precise look, you’ll need a template or stencil. Appreciate your expertise . I change my needle whenever the stitches begin to feel sluggish. Quick question – how long does a ball of thread last you? If at any point your fingers are tired or if you’re having trouble pulling the needle through the fabric, try a new needle to see if that’s the issue. Quilting by hand is an important skill to learn. My next project is a landscape quilt for my sister that I know will have to be handquilted–your tutorial was so comprehensive and took my anxiety right down to zero! I have some unbleached muslin and wondered if I could use that instead of batting? Once the knot is through, I give the hole a little scratch with my fingernail to close it up. 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. Because of this, I recommend trying a few different kinds of each notion and then deciding for yourself what is the most comfortable. Then, carefully so as not to pull any stitches out, use the hole in your edge to turn the quilt right-side out. This will make it easier to stitch the pieces together without the fabrics fraying or sliding. I’m new to quilting and am addicted! Here’s a video showing more details on hand quilting for beginners. 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. One of them was quilting up a storm and I asked what she used underneath. xo. thread. The side you insert the needle into first … Also, aside from a basic running stitch seen here, you could chain stitch for a “solid” line look rather than a “dashed” line. I have always used a Roxanne and not easy on arthritic fingers. Once the top is finished you baste the three layers of the “quilt sandwich” together. You could stitch the whole quilt in the ditch and then add some hand quilting just in the sashing. I would mark a little then sew a little. Hand Quilting Thread: This thread is specially coated, and slightly heavier than regular thread to glide through all three layers and prevent fraying. I think it’s very doable, but you may want to sew a combination of machine and hand quilting. The quilt is made with Tula Pink fabrics. Finally, gather everything you’ll need for the top. You are an inspiration! Ps. Now that I have seen your excellent video my heart is full of hope again. I just bought your fly away pattern to make a baby quilt for my favorite niece. I am going to invest in a multi color pack of pearl cotton for my next project. P.s. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge on hand quilting. For the back of your quilt, you’ll want a large, single piece of fabric that matches the final size of your desired quilt, with an additional ¼ to ½ inch around each side where you’ll sew the seams together. Thank you for your support! My quilt top is your reflections pattern and I hope to hand quilt similar straight lines to the ones you did. If you are making your first-ever quilt, start with something small to help you … Pingback: What are your Favorite Hand Quilting Resources? I bet there are YouTube videos on this if you are a visual learner. If you’d like to work with us, drop an email to: [email protected] I spray basted first but as you can imagine with all the handling it came undone and so I stopped and pinned the whole thing before I went any further. Thanks for all you do! (For some reason this always make me think of the bend and snap from Legally Blonde. Hi Suzy! I shall run away and try your version. Hi, If your hand quilting project is child-sized or a smaller decoration, you can sew the layers without the need of additional border fabric. We hope you enjoy our reviews and tutorials on Sewing From Home! I just found your site this weekend and enjoyed the video. I am SOOOOOO looking forward to using a different gauge. 1. Wool batting really shows off your stitches because of its puffiness and the bamboo batting is light with an amaaazing drape. Your batting packaging will tell you specifically how far apart you need to quilt your quilt for the sandwich to stay together. I’m saving it for next year when I plan on doing something really special for its release. I’m just starting to think about quilting and would love to try hand-stitching first before committing to purchasing a machine, so I was wondering if you have any blog posts or tips about hand-stitching the quilt top? It’s a pleasure to watch you do your thing. She was using that to guide the needle back up. This will also keep any colors from bleeding through the pattern in the future! Like all things quilty related, it’s good to take breaks often. This will help ensure that your stitches remain secure. It’s all wabi-sabi hand quilting. I try to avoid animal products. I’m thinking of doing Triangle Jitters next as a baby quilt. I’m trying out something small first by putting together a Row by Row kit (from 2015). Is the table technique the best for posture? Your a great teacher. Knotpopandrockit! Great tip! However, if you check out one of my recent projects, my Shine quilt, I used a different coordinating thread color in each block! I’ve started hand quilting Mod Mountains, my first hand quilting experience. I had two questions. fancy look like I did here with 12 wt. I know practice practice…. Thank you so much. When I'm hand quilting, I feel a spirit connection with them. Its wonderful to see your site supporting hand stitched quilts! Most fabric stores sell batting of various thicknesses in sheets, but you can also use felt for a heavier blanket. Hand quilting stitches for beginners. A basic square quilt is the easiest pattern, as it can be effortlessly laid out in a grid, … PS our friend used white drapery lining fabric to make it along with scraps from her home sewing for inserts! Step 8 Lay the quilt flat on the cutting mat and trim the extra batting and backing even with the quilt top. Those of you who enjoy these SQ tutorials have been asking me to "finally write that tutorial!" Your email address will not be published. And are you using DMC Pearl cotton thread #8? Quilting 1⁄4" away from the seam lines echoes the lines created by the fabric pieces and seams. To tell you the truth, I stitch the exact same way no matter what shape I’m sewing. 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 am just using quilting cotton but it really didn’t like letting my knot through, apparently! I have tried with a hoop, and having the bottom index/second finger used to pivot the needle, but it hurts! I’m wanting to make a large quilt with a combo of machine and hand quilting using straight lines. What do you think of that? Thanks! I’m so happy your found my tutorial helpful! Suzy, where is the quilt pattern for the one in your tutorial? I learn a lot with your video, thank you so much! I think this is one of those things that will feel awkward until you figure out what works for you. I think I understand .. Time to gather your “quilt vision”. Great tutorial I only hand quilt with the Clover or John James #10 and small stitches I’m going to try this method on a batik top I have waiting to be quilted thx great name that’s my daughter’s name and only her dad is allowed to call her Suzy lol. So many colors! Your site, blog and FB page are all informative and more importantly they are very inspirational. 2. – The Willow Market, Pingback: 3 Fun & Fresh Quilted Pillow Patterns - Suzy Quilts. Thank you for a great tutorial! I quilted a baby blanket once on my machine and can’t imagine anything larger than that would be feasible on a sewing machine. And don't forget, after you stitch one million stitches to gather the family together for everyone to stand on it. If you plan really dense quilting, grab a second ball just to be safe. Hi Suzy, I did two knots successfully! The only time I thought, “sheesh this is a tight weave!” was when hand quilting with poplin. Since I made my first quilt, which was 10 years ago, hand stitching is the only I make my quilts. I’ve been hand quilting for years and I learned a lot from it still. Can’t wait to try on bayside quilt. Bring the needle up at the beginning of the … thanks, Missy. Hoping to start soon. Create a Seamless Border. The photo is a bit blurry, but that's how I was taking most of my photos in 2014. Also I'd love to hear your hand quilting tips! This will be my first hand quilting attempt so I’m trying to predict if I’ll need more than one ball or not. I’m going to start quilting my first quilt shortly and this is just what I needed. Can you confirm? Thanks for this tutorial – super helpful! I sure do! There are a few ways to do this, depending mostly on the size of your quilt. This is so great! Writing this tutorial loomed large in my head, because there's so much to say! I feel quite lighthearted again – thank you so much Suzy! It doesn’t have to be dense quilting, just enough to add impact. I have a seasonal panel which I am hand quilting into a hanging picture. She proudly held up her thumb where she had a quarter taped. One thing I like to do too is lean back in a chair, bed or couch, bend my legs at an angle and stretch the quilt over my legs. Hi Suzy, thank you so much for this tutorial! HI, loved the hand quilting video. Everything I cover here in this blog I also cover in the video. One question: when you machine quilt above the ditch what weight thread do you use there and how long of a stitch? These rows will, in turn, be sewn together to create a beautiful hand quilted design. thanks a lot for your advices and your time. What is the blue plaid with orange fabric used in the tutorial video? Hi Suzy! I’m using cotton batting and it seems like A LOT of fiber to stitch through by hand! There’s nothing better than having a beautiful piece of art you can hang on the wall or curl up underneath on a chilly night. Many of you already know how much I love diving into our shared quilt history and learning about our wonderful Quilt Mothers who laid the foundation for us. I was told once that with long arm quilters it’s really difficult to make straight lines equal distance from the ditch. basting, hand quilting will always feel special to me in a way other techniques don't. Pingback: Quilt Tying Tutorial: How to Tie a Quilt with Yarn or Embroidery Thread - Suzy Quilts, Pingback: Zipper Pouch Tutorial: How to Sew a Simple Pouch from Scraps - Suzy Quilts. Do you have any tips for hand quilting projects? Begin inserting your needle into your quilt top. would work great too. Quilt sandwich: what I call the three layers - top, batting, backing. Bless you and your baby. I need it so baaad! Be sure to wash your fabrics before sewing, so as to ensure your hand quilting fabrics won’t shrink if washed later on. Maybe a bit in the white would be good. I have a pretty wide throat on my sewing machine (BERNINA 770 QE) so it’s doable. haha! Is a hand’s breadth too far? You can also find a lot of these, plus more, in the Quilting 101 tab located in the top toolbar. :=), It probably is more secure. I think you’ll get there. The table quilting idea is one I’m really anxious to try. Hello, when you machine stitch in the ditch or adjacent to the ditch, are you using a sewing machine or a long arm quilting machine? My quilting is almost never more than 2″ apart and definitely not more than 4″ apart. On to the hand quilting video tutorial! Once the knot is through, the threads can be pushed back into place. https://suzyquilts.com/quilt-marking-tools/, What are your Favorite Hand Quilting Resources? Hi, I stumbled upon your tutorial on hand quilting. Quilting: sewing through multiple layers of fabric to create one thick layer - typically involves three parts: cloth top, batting middle, cloth bottom. Let your fans know if you ever do it! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to say, “Hi!” in the comments! Decide how big you want your quilt to be, and then leave an additional ¼ to ½ inch of space around the edges of every piece you’re using. Do you have any suggestions for your second favorite thimble to use? Thank you so much! I have done smaller pieces and I’m far from perfect but I know I could manage. The sashing is done in stripes with a tiny bit of white. because handmade is beautiful and unique. Our quilting tutorials include instructions on how to hand quilt that will teach you the hand quilting basics. But big needle/big stitch/big thread quilting is a little easier on the digits and I find a way to add some to my projects. I don’t plan to machine quilt at all and in your video you added the crease lines after you machine quilted in the ditch. Not that I think that this will be a walk in the park. I started in the bottom left corner and grew those crazy rolling hills outward. Thanks for sharing. Thanks . Thanks!! I’m excited. You’ve totally converted me!! There are some beautiful designs out there! To stitch a Y-seam, stitch the first seam and backstitch at the end as normal, but don’t cut the thread. What size should I use? Begin by laying out one section of your quilt. It’s a first for me and it will truly be a unique quilt with all the blunders and mismatched stitches. These are all free and easy to get started with. What do you do if the thread breaks before the the knot goes through the fabric when you are tying it off? Trim the top to make the edges even and square, if needed. Hang it on the wall or curl up with a warm drink, knowing you’ve hand quilted yourself something unique and beautiful. Pin the second seam in place (a). You could use that as batting, however, if you want your stitches to have dimension and be well seen, I recommend some thin batting – maybe a bamboo blend. Sew the layers how to make a difference and pages, but you want! And enjoyed the video tutorial and thank you so much for it video my heart is full of hope.! Told once that with long arm quilters it ’ s doable … for this tutorial so. Tutorial, thank you for making and sharing this very helpful video, because there 's so much for the! 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