Let's start with my very first attempt at hand quilting. Please consider this for a future project and demonstration. Now, push that back finger up, creating a small bump on the quilt top where your needle is. I have started a quilt for my granddaughter and I have been doing it wrong. ⠀ The quilts go to children in hospitals, homeless shelters, etc. 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. The knot will find it's way between the yarns of thread that make up the weft and warp of the fabric. 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. 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. Thank you Debbie! TIA for all input….. You’ll get used to the speed quickly! […] at Cluck Cluck Sew posted just last week about quilting large quilts. In that posture I’m totally relaxed and have easy access to the back of the quilt. Below are examples of some of my hand-quilted quilts. I know practice practice…. Don't worry about ripping your fabric. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I loved your video and it was very helpful-this may be a silly question but when you’re hand stitching, do you attach all of the pieces together at once or do you sew the fabric together first then add the batting/backing? I believe Anna Maria Horner is the designer. I’ve got several quilt tops done and ready to be quilted so I think I’ll start on one of those. Your batting packaging will say and it’s usually around 8″ – 10″ apart. Today I thought I’d share my process of how I prepped the quilt for hand quilting. Thanks in anticipation, Samantha. Their sharpness makes up for the hulking size ( my opinion) and they are my new go to … I love that you kick open the door for everyone to find their own way … art should be like that and often we try to stuff it and ourselves into a box that doesn’t fit! Quick question – how long does a ball of thread last you? I think you’ll get there. I had never thought of ending on a seam. My fellow quilters don’t understand why I hand stitch my quilts. Your use of a bone folder and ruler are genius! My quilt top is your reflections pattern and I hope to hand quilt similar straight lines to the ones you did. Your work is sooo beautiful! Quilting is what gives a quilt its personality. Oh dear! You're left with a knot sticking out on the front of your quilt! Create a Seamless Border. . One question: when you machine quilt above the ditch what weight thread do you use there and how long of a stitch? Your teaching style is very straightforward and really answered any questions I have had on this technique. Try only double knotting. I shall run away and try your version. This will keep tension off of your other fingers and, with enough practice, will give you the most even stitches. I tried your method on the table, to bad for the money spent on the embroidery hoop!, and it goes much faster now and my fingertips don’t hurt! 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. Ina. I've stitched with many quilters who hate my leather thimble and love the thimble pads (which don't work for me at all.). When making a quilt, you first sew the quilt top together completely. 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 have a Bernina 440, and a Juki 2010QE I did blog posts on both. Your advice is always helpful, whether it’s a new idea or a reminder of a better way to do this. The stitching shows more prominently on the quilt than machine stitching and adds an … They do excellent work. You are an inspiration! Bring the needle back up about 1/8 inch away from where you went into the front of the quilt. Oh I love variegated thread! . Oh this is incredible! This is one of the ways I’m able to support myself and continue writing free content. See more ideas about Hand quilting, Quilting techniques, Quilting tips. The quilting is messy and the binding is all wonky, but we use it on our bed all winter. Several times I have been asked by someone to show them how to sew a quilt. I hope I’m not repeating a question but how long would you estimate your stitches are? We do need to take care of our bodies since we are only given just the one. I plan to use fleece for the backing and have checked out your suggestions for this as well! Basically anything that will be looked at closely by other people I send to a professional. I do practise on smaller items, like mugrugs and table runners, but there’s quite a way to go until I feel ready to tackle a “proper” quilt. I couldn’t find the leather thimble so I made myself one and guess what? I’ve used cotton, but I think my two favorites are wool and bamboo. Thanks for taking the time to make it. And yes, those tiny hand stitches are stunning, but can be hard on the digits. Make sense? You’ll get a knot with a little tail. I learn something new with each quilt. Thanks! Beautiful quilts! We probably all fear quilting large quilts :). Also, I will show you one of my favorite ways to hand quilt which is big stitch hand quilting. I’m excited. Have you thought about white to match the muslin? You can start/end stitching in a seam to hide it even better. I’m not a creeper–honest! I can’t believe how big she has gotten! I’ve also ripped out a lot of quilting if it’s just not right. 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. So far, I have anxiety about that and I have not attempted fully. Congratulations! I have made about 8 queen size quilts, 1 king size quilt, and about 20 lap size quilts. Begin inserting your needle into your quilt top. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!! The aim of hand quilting is to sew small, even stitches that give the impression that it was made by a machine. Everyone should quilt one huge quilt themselves at least once, and it’s pretty awesome to make a big quilt from start to finish by yourself! 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! To tell you the truth, I stitch the exact same way no matter what shape I’m sewing. Thank you for this terrific tutorial! The quilt was about 86″ x 73″. I just began receiving your blog and love it. Instead of straight lines I’m going around the picture outlines. Love this comment! My quilting is almost never more than 2″ apart and definitely not more than 4″ apart. This isn't the largest quilt ever, but it is a nice video about a way to handle all the bulk. I really love the handstitching aspect of quilting because it is so portable. 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? Most importantly I’d say don’t worry too much about perfection or screwing it up when your quilting . I learned to hand quilt a few years ago, and since then I've spent hundreds of hours stitching away. ‘ Good for you… keep up the good work…, I knew someone would say they like the Sashiko needles! I’m just ready to quilt a pink log cabin quilt for my one-year-old and this is SO helpful! Some of them are fully hand quilted, and some of them use both machine quilting and hand quilting. To know what I'm talking about, check out the video above. The quilt pattern featured in this tutorial is Reflections. This will be my first hand quilting attempt so I’m trying to predict if I’ll need more than one ball or not. You explain everything so well and give so many practical tips that it seems your way of working is more like mine. Is a running stitch what you would always recommend? Big stitch quilting, sometimes referred to as Utility Quilting, is a method of hand quilting that uses longer stitch lengths (1/4”) and thicker threads – most commonly #8 perle cotton. I got it originally from fabricworm. Once the top is finished you baste the three layers of the “quilt sandwich” together. 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. I have a possible suggestion for threads that keep breaking. My least. I bet there are YouTube videos on this if you are a visual learner. If you plan really dense quilting, grab a second ball just to be safe. That’s my Reflections quilt and I actually haven’t written the pattern yet. Will they hold up in a washer? Note that even doing that I still split the quilt into quarters and use a similar plan to yours, and work from the middle section towards the outer edges. Can you confirm? Have you release it yet? I won’t quilt without them now! Don’t pick something super complicated or that requires moving the quilt around a lot. I have a size 5 and that seems too big. I agree with all your points. I’m new to quilting and falling in love with the various patterns, techniques and fabrics. Below are links to tutorials on the different stages of the quilting process. 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. I have always wanted to hand quilt a quilt but I haven’t dared to yet. By cutting your quilt backing slightly bigger than the top layer and folding … HI, loved the hand quilting video. 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. Easy steps to hand quilt a big quilt. Hi Suzy – Not sure if you are still responding to questions given how long ago you posted this tutorial .. which is awesome btw. What I can’t make them grasp is how much satisfaction I get from drawing on the design, then the relaxing act of hand stitching it all. Thank you so much! The pins in my quilt were quite a pain to work around. If you're really scared make up a small quilt sandwich and have a practice on some fugly fabric. Just found your blog and enjoy it very much! cotton thread and a simple sharp or quilting needle. I have some fabric I was putting aside to make my daughter something, might make her a lightweight quilt to try this out before I tackle a larger one, Hi Allison, I love your blog and am getting tons of good info, thank you, I’ve been reading everything I can about quilting, and ready to start. Is there any specific stitch or method you recommend? This is very important: Do NOT stitch all the way through the quilt. I split a large quilt in half, quilt each half separately, then join them together and do the last bit of quilting to join the design. Knotpopandrockit! You could stitch the whole quilt in the ditch and then add some hand quilting just in the sashing. I learned by trial and error. Thanks for sharing your talent. Big stitch quilting is my new favorite way to hand quilt – I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to traditional hand quilting. It’s all wabi-sabi hand quilting. Below is a finished picture of my Reflections quilt and also what I looked like at 14 weeks pregnant. One question I have regarding hand quilting is about some of your thread colours. Thank you so MUCH for this revelation! You do not want these stitches to be seen from the front. basting, hand quilting will always feel special to me in a way other techniques don't. I started off totally wrong (about half an hour’s work) but am going to pull out the thread and start over. These are really helpful suggestions, Allison. It’s also a great reason to grow your thread stash. I loved this tutorial, thank you so much for it! I broke the thread a couple times and am wondering if using pre-washed vs washed fabric makes a difference? Decide where these ties should be a mark them ; Thread your needle and pierce your quilt at the marked point leaving 3 inches of thread on the top of the quilt. When you hand quilt and do not machine quilt at all, is there an amount of stitches per inch. I also send out anything that is for display at a quilt show or will be hanging in a shop. https://suzyquilts.com/quilt-marking-tools/, What are your Favorite Hand Quilting Resources? Do you (and other hand-quilters here) “gift” hand quilted items? Thanks so much! Great question! Your feedback will be much appreciated. How to create a hand sewn quilt Thread your needle, and cut the thread at about 18-24” of length. Spray basting a large quilt can get expensive quick, but you can spot baste it and just do the center, or use a dot of spray baste every 6-8″ or so. Hand piecing is not something I have personally done. I love your colors. Hi! Do you have any advice on how often you should change your needle? https://www.fabric.com/buy/ef-289/kona-cotton-ice-frappe. If you use thinner thread than 12 wt., you will probably want to coat it in a wax so that it doesn’t tangle. But first I need a sewing machine. All my be ever used is a Singe Featherweight. read more about quilt marking tools here. I started in the bottom left corner and grew those crazy rolling hills outward. I wrote a thimble post with a link if you’re interested – https://suzyquilts.com/best-thimble/. Love this video! Thanks for sharing. Here’s a blog post with a bit more info on batting if you’re interested. Of course! 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 did once roll a log and keep it on my shoulder - but I hadn't learned to scrunch yet. because handmade is beautiful and unique. 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? Thank you so much for just being yourself and letting it be fun. When I'm hand quilting, I feel a spirit connection with them. Is that a Juki TL98Q you at using? Your thread consistently breaking is really annoying and definitely something we can prevent. I usually keep the same 50 or 40wt. The video showing you how I do big stitch quilting – a super easy and fun hand quilting technique! There’s a variety of techniques for covering the seams on the back. For the pillow, all you’ll need is a 12” pillow form, a mini charm pack, an 8.5” square of fabric for the center, 1⁄2 yard of fabric for your backing, and 1⁄4 yard for binding. Thank you! Basting your sandwich well, working from the middle out in quadrants, and taking breaks often, are good tips. 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. And Jennifer’s tip, ‘take breaks’; great advice. It’s a pleasure to watch you do your thing. – it’s pretty thick. I have so many feeelings about hand quilting. Thank you so much. It drives me nuts to quilt without them! The thicker threads don’t seem to have the same tangle problem. 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. Suzy, where is the quilt pattern for the one in your tutorial? I tried hand quilting a few years back but ended up getting frustrated with the look of my stitches, but I think I’m ready to attempt it again (thanks to your tutorial!) 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. That way the knot goes through the batting and lays between the batting and the back. To improve my skills, and also do good in the world, I started volunteering with an organization “Quilts For Kids”, and always FMQ their quilts. In addition to wearing a thimble (or two) that fits well, I suggest doing different wrist stretches as needed. Ps. I’m debating whether to hand quilt a throw sized quilt (60×68) but I’ve never done it and it’s for a baby shower in 7 days. Check out the Quilting 101 tab for everything you need to know to start your first quilt! 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. – The Willow Market, Pingback: 3 Fun & Fresh Quilted Pillow Patterns - Suzy Quilts. It is done by hand, in squares, folded and the fabrics inserted into these ´folds´’brings such sparkle to the white background. I may just have to try my next queen size on my home machine! Pingback: What are your Favorite Hand Quilting Resources? I move to my huge dining table when I’m quilting something big. Hi Suzy. Love this video. great tutorial! The rest are: I usually make my quilts by hand. I have a. Slip the dowel over cleats attached to the wall, and you have a safe, nearly invisible wall hanger that makes your textile the star … Wonderful! It looks like there is no machine quilting on that quilt. 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. 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. Hello, A contrasting color of thread and the thicker it is, the more it pops, and the more it’s noticeable. I just did my first little trial of hand stitching and it’s so addicting! Can you suggest a great Beginners sewing machine for quilting? Thank you! Great info ! The photo is a bit blurry, but that's how I was taking most of my photos in 2014. and am now a follower! Hi Suzy! Your video is so helpful! I made many on that machine but with age and arthritis I have adjusted yet again to a Baby Lock Coronet. Finishing Your Stitches and Hiding Your Knot I’ve never done quilting before but the way you explain everything makes it look simple enough. …. Pingback: Quilt Tying Tutorial: How to Tie a Quilt with Yarn or Embroidery Thread - Suzy Quilts, Your email address will not be published. Oh My Gorsh! Question about popping the knot, both at the beginning and end: is there a special trick to get it through without breaking? On to the hand quilting video tutorial! I agree with you, practice before starting in on a king size quilt. I think resting the quilt on a table probably would be easier on the neck than resting it in your lap. I wish you all the best for the coming months! I use one made by Clover. Once you feel confident with that, add a third and then a fourth. Thanks so much for the great tutorial! I find it easiest to break my quilting into smaller sections. She’s similar to me in that she sends most large quilts out for longarming if possible (the […]. It’s a first for me and it will truly be a unique quilt with all the blunders and mismatched stitches. Knot pop and rock it. Can you guess what to do next? Who is that sweet little thing holding up that whole quilt all by herself? I’m assuming the sashing is a solid color so you will be able to see the stitching? I just found your site this weekend and enjoyed the video. When we have that problem, we’re advised to put the embroidery thread in the freezer for 24hrs to prevent breakages. Feb 5, 2019 - Explore Sue Ann Wiltse, Quilted Art's board "Hand Quilting /Big Stitch Quilting" on Pinterest. I have atutorial on spray basting here. Thank you for a great tutorial! I loved the tutorial, thank you! 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! Make sense? (For some reason this always make me think of the bend and snap from Legally Blonde. You can do it with regular 40 wt. You won't know if you can do it until you do. Few people ever find our errors. In the tutorial what size of yarn thread did you use? Because of this, I recommend trying a few different kinds of each notion and then deciding for yourself what is the most comfortable. This gives you a nice flat work space, and you can use those rolls as handles. Give that knot a little yank and pop it through to the inside of the quilt. My daughter loves it! 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. Your site, blog and FB page are all informative and more importantly they are very inspirational. Your email address will not be published. I am new to quilting, only about a year and have been going quilt as you go since quilting a quilt top is scary to me. I think multi-colored thread on a light background can look really cool! This will help ensure that your stitches remain secure. Beginner here–I have yet to quilt anything and had a question. However, if you check out one of my recent projects, my Shine quilt, I used a different coordinating thread color in each block! With the density of the weave? Do you possibly mean leather thimble? Hoping to launch it soon!! What do you do if the thread breaks before the the knot goes through the fabric when you are tying it off? I’m so happy your found my tutorial helpful! I’ve been intimidated by hand quilting but your hybrid method seems a perfect fit for a newbie handquilter. I think I remember that lovely flowered backing fabric from some other post but can’t find. I, however, always feel like that’s still too far apart. © 2015 Cluck Cluck Sew | All Rights Reserved. I think I understand .. I was told once that with long arm quilters it’s really difficult to make straight lines equal distance from the ditch. I’ve always enjoyed doing hand sewing and was thrilled when I found your website and video on the topic! I love the way the colors show up…tiny quilt stitches are more about texture. When I move the hoop, I try to place the next area flat on my table and I gently slide the bottom of the hoop in place and gently place the top of the hoop in place. However I didn’t like the idea of having to do a whole quilt nor the idea of having to use a frame or a hoop. I thought I knew what I was doing with hand quilting, but I definitely needed this video. So resourceful! 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. They also gave wonderful products and a knowledgeable staff. Your video was awesome. A fleece backing sounds heavenly today…what a great idea! 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