Hand Quilting

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Scrim or no scrim

Started by Suzanne Crockett Oct 18, 2018. 0 Replies

I want to use a 100% cotton batting for my quilt. Some are sold with scrim to hold them together and reduce shrinking. Can I hand quilt thru that? Thx!Continue

Hand quilting books?

Started by Suzanne Crockett. Last reply by Suzanne Crockett Oct 18, 2018. 4 Replies

I’ve returned to quilting after a 30 year break, making a crib quilt for my newborn grandson. I realize there are things I’ve forgotten how to do - can y’all please recommend some hand quilting…Continue

Hello Hand Quilters

Started by Janie Robertson. Last reply by Suzanne Crockett Oct 18, 2018. 35 Replies

I too am really glad to find a group of people who hand quilt. I quilt almost every day, and it is hilarious to me that most people don't get it  what I am doing.  I tell them I am hand quilting a…Continue

Your favorite batting

Started by Janie Robertson. Last reply by Angela Pausini May 29, 2018. 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

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Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 9, 2017 at 12:59pm
hi jean! recently there was a discussion on aunt becky on another forum i follow. seemed pretty mixed as to quilters opinions re: ease of use. i tried the spoon thing years ago also. i find what works best for me is the simpler the better. a needle and good quality thread, hoop in my lap.
Comment by Jean Buchanan on February 9, 2017 at 10:15am

There are videos on line showing us how to use "Aunt Becky".

Comment by Jean Buchanan on February 9, 2017 at 10:14am

The last quilt I hand quilted, I used "Aunt Becky" underneath so not to jab the needle into my finger and it helps regulate the stitches.  Give it a try.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 9, 2017 at 10:05am
or not ..i never ever got used to a thimble. before or after i started quilting. i've tried them all ..regular to leather ..they bother me no end. i get very nice callus and happily quilt away for hours! ..or until i can't sit anymore lollol and i would never ever use spray baste with a hand quilting project. see ...hand quilting is like cooking ..,there's as many ideas and ways of doing as there are cooks & quilters. and nothing is right or wrong ..quilt police not allowed! :))
Comment by Riana Noyes on February 9, 2017 at 9:55am

That should read " silicone", lol. Leather ones are available, but costly. Get used to a regular thimble before investing.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 9, 2017 at 8:59am

Best advice l can offer...

  • start practicing with thin polyester batting, easier to work through than cottons
  • experiment with different lengths of needles to find your favorite
  • try metal thimbles, silicoe ones & new combo ones to get a comfy fit...then always use it.
  • stay away from spray baste until you're experienced
  • only use proper hand quilting has a waxy coat to help it slide through fabric. Don't cut the thread too long, or it may tangle. Once in a while, let needle hang loose on the thread & let it untwirl.
  • take breaks at 20 min. intervals, refocus your eyes on a distant object, get up /stretch.
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 8, 2017 at 8:17pm
sigh ..couldn't resist ..i just had to add link to jinny beyer page.
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 8, 2017 at 8:12pm
hi all ..ok! 5" of snow, few trips out to shovel said snow ..millions of finches, juncos, towhees and two pair of mourning do es outside on my deck beyond my window here as i play on web. i did a search for "hand quilting how-to's" and came up w lots of ideas. so i'm going to post links to ones i would recommend to anyone who asked me to teach them how to hand quilt. each one has suggestions for batt, needles, thread and technique ..basic stuff. i use #9 betweens and standard quilting thread. except for miniatures ..that's all different game. riana & will, i'm sure, be happy to share their preferred quilting materials also. so ..hope this helps you sandy and if you do search on whatever search engine you prefer (my preferred is Ixquick) using the wording i noted above, you should come up with more places to look, videos to watch ..whatever.
..nice page. i love this site! visit often, it's full of wonderful ideas & info. i thread baste my quilts to be hand quilted. if miniature or smallish i use the binder clips to attach backing to table then layer, larger quilts are pinned to an antique c-clamp frame. i use mostly, generals' chalk pencils to mark as i go. i used to mark, baste and quilt. but i stopped that a long looonng time ago. now i mark as i go.

another great site. i used to subscribe to Threads magazine for many years. i was mostly still sewing clothes then but they did have a once a year or so special issue featuring quilts, quilting, quilt history. this is a very good tutorial & well illustrated.

this is the website for American Patchwork & Quilting. i've subscribed to this mag for years and i love it. great patterns and how-to articles in every issue. this link is for their online tute for handquilting and it's excellent. especially well illustrated stitch technique for buried knots, traveling from one area to another & more.
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 8, 2017 at 12:59pm
also ..for those of you who are new to MQP, it usually functions perfectly. i am member of and read some other quilt forums which all seem to have subscribed to the same homepage format. mqp is my preferred because you can check in and respond to conversations going on in individul groups or discussions or blogs w/o having to start new threads. but, unfortunately there's been a glitch develope in the way homepage is showing, but according to last blog on subject posted by site administrater, help is on the way! hopefully as our techie white knights come galloping in to our rescue, they'll continue at speed guaranteed not to allow them to see any rough spots shown in our piecing and or quilting efforts! lollol
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 8, 2017 at 12:54pm
sure riana's the link.

sandy, et al ... orville has been inactive for over a year now. many of our members are inactive and then suddenly wander in when a current topic is of interest. most just sorta hang out, lurk, read. but tho orvilles video is short, it will help and more importantly, if you scroll down to the comments to his second comment re: his technique and what he's doing w his left hand, he explains it very well.

it's snowing again here, sounds like it will be a lot, so ..i may just spend some time on net today and find some more quilting videos for you sandy, & anyone else who has the bandwidth to enjoy them. there are two other hand quilting videos listed on same page that orvilles video is shown. look to the right of orvilles image on the page.

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