I haven't done any sewing all week - what with moving the shop and then having a stall at
The Auckland Quiltmakers' Show over the weekend there just hasn't been time for
having a needle in my hand. It has been a good busy time, but I am looking forward
to some serious sewing again.
So instead of a post I thought I would share a bit of a tutorial with you.
This is the information I shared at the Demo at our Auckland Modern Quilt Guild
meeting a month or so ago.
I have become passionate about this big stitch quilting done by hand – I like the
look of it and it is quick to do.
I use two or three strands of DMC Cotton Embroidery Thread.
I quilt with a #8 Embroidery needle which allows the thread to go through the eye
easily and I like the size of it (I hate small, short hand quilting needles at any time!
A hand quilting stitch is a running stitch, but the key is to keep it even – even sized
stitches with the spaces between the stitches the same size as the stitches themselves.
In general even stitch size is more important than number of stitches per inch.
I try to get three to four stitches up on my needle at one time.
Start with a small knot that you can pull through the top fabric and into the
batting – knots should never show on the front or the back.
Knot off by pulling the knot into the batting.
You can outline pieced or appliqué areas or create a design anywhere on your
quilt – use a removable marking pen to draw your design.
You can see the difference chunky hand quilting makes to a block.
You can use a contrasting strong coloured thread or one that blends into the
background or as on this quilt both.