Hand Quilting

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Your favorite batting

Started by Janie Robertson. Last reply by Angela Pausini May 29. 26 Replies

Since I am new to this group, I don't know if you have discussed batting before.  I wondered what you have found to be your favorite type of batting. I recently used the Bamboo batting and found it…Continue

Aunt Becky's Finger Protector and TJ's Quick Quilter Spoon

Started by Goldie Crear. Last reply by Pat Minnick Mar 14, 2017. 16 Replies

Have any of you tried working with either of these tools in your hand-quilting? As a newbie, I love the look and peaceful tranquility of quilting by hand, but, my underhand is crying for relief. That…Continue

Tags: Quilter, spoon, quilting, Quick, T.J.'s

Hello, from Snowing Ontario

Started by Marilyn Malloy. Last reply by Theresa McGhee Johnson Oct 25, 2016. 3 Replies

Hello,I live just outside of Ottawa, Ontario.  Thought I'd join in.  For Christmas my husband bought me a Grace Z44 frame, so I can now handquilt without basting :)  It's a real joy and relaxing for…Continue

What do I have here?

Started by Leah Novello. Last reply by Leah Novello Oct 13, 2015. 3 Replies

Hello folks, Vicki referred me to you... I recently obtained some quilting stuff, and I am not a quilter at all... so I have no idea what I have got here... I do property clean outs and end up with…Continue

Tags: hand, frame, quilting

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Comment by Mary Britton on February 21, 2017 at 8:08pm

I am quilting a dutchman's puzzle quilt also, king size, for my bed.  I am quilting 1/4 inch away from the seams in the pieced blocks using the 1/4 inch masking tape to keep me on track.  The pieced blocks are alternated with a plain block which I have previouisly marked a fleur de lis pattern using a stencil.  I rarely use stencils on pieced blocks, but usually save them for a plain setting block or the borders.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 20, 2017 at 9:35pm

Sandy, I usually mark my tops, unless I'm just going 1/4" inside seams of piecing shapes, or outlining embroidery work/applique. I often stitch inside those too, if not fused. I have used stencils, templates (cereal box cardboard), rulers,even perforated brown bag paper (use old threadless needle in machine ) & pounce pad, or even cinnamon powder on light colors.I plan before I start.

Comment by Deirdre Ford on February 20, 2017 at 6:03pm


I use templates at times unless I'm shadow (outline) quilting or have points that I connect with slim 1/8" masking tape.  I don't think there are any 'rules' as far as hand quilting goes. At times I've been known to take the less quilted route, but with the pinwheel quilt I'm piecing right now I wanted to make sure I do a perfect job - it's for my bed!

Comment by Sandy Clabaugh on February 20, 2017 at 3:44pm

So, do I gather some of you (most? all?) free hand your quilting pattern?  I use templates.  I thought that was how it was done.

I am currently learning fusion applique for a pig I'm doing and I have a question.  I will satin stitch around all the parts of the pig pattern but when I add borders, layer and start quilting, what do I do?  Do I quilt along the satin stitching edges and use the quilting pattern only for the background of the block?

Comment by Pkr on February 20, 2017 at 2:49pm
This is a reply to rogue quilter on what to quilt on a pinwheel. I'm playing with big stitch quilting on a dutchmans puzzle quilt. Just doing a row of stitches that are 1/4 inch from seams.
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 20, 2017 at 1:03pm
lollol! you're welcome ..but now you've set me a task ..albeit, a good one. as i think of the names of mqp hand quilters, i'll find pages, save links and post it here to this group in a new discussion.
but not right now a space battle about to light up over on kindle :))
Comment by Deirdre Ford on February 20, 2017 at 12:56pm

Wow, thank you so much for the names of fellow quilters. I will make sure to check their work out :)

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 20, 2017 at 12:51pm
hi deidra & welcome to the hand quilting group. i do both machine & hand quilting but not a lot of either. high production is not in my time allotment. so much more that needs doing, not for pleasure but because it NEEDS doing. quilting by hand is my fave style of relaxation. it seems like hand quilters are few & far between but there's actually quite a few here on mqp. much more so than there are on other quilt forums i follow. click on links to pages of members below, like jean & riana, to see some beautiful images and of course the mqp sites' premier hand quilter orville roach. orville both hand pieces plus hand quilts. his work is so beautiful.

there are others like, dorothy baker ..but this is enough for now :))
Comment by Deirdre Ford on February 20, 2017 at 12:40pm

So glad I found a group of hand quilters!  We seem to be a dying breed. I've been quilting for over 37 years and have recently started a pinwheel quilt.  I was wondering how you all decide what hand quilting pattern to use when hand quilting? I may go with a partial outline, but I'm not sure; I'm just in the planning stages and am halfway done with the quilt blocks. Happy quilting!!

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 9, 2017 at 1:04pm
for those interested, here's some links about spoon quilting and the "aunt becky" tool. buy @ connecting threads ...

video on use of aunt becky ....

and of course a note from jinny about spoon quilting ...

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