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Great tips for getting tiny and even hand quilted stitches! Use these great tips on your next project with fabric from the Fabric Shack at http://www.fabricshack.com/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi Repinned: Perfect Your Hand-Quilting Stitch.
Hand quilting tutorial
hand quilting. Interesting thimble
hand quilting technique
hand quilting - all of my grandmas quilts were hand stitched. A lost art.
I started with a large hoop to keep the work close where I could see well while working. Check out other quilts to see what kind of design you might want to use. My first one had birds, so I quilted around each bird and the buckets they were perched on. I could carry the hoop with me to the work area I was comfortable in that day. There are quilting patterns on a roll that you follow the lines for the borders, that might be helpful to get you started. I joined a quilting book club and read an amount of books and experimented. When I joined my guild there was also a wealth of experience there and everyone is very willing to help out. Sometimes people stay behind to pin or baste a quilt on the big tables there after the meeting. There is always someone who is willing to stay and help,
This is a bit odd, but instead of a thimble I use an old earring which is curved and is about 1/2 inch wide and about 3/4 inch long. It is textured so the needle does not slip, and the curved shape matches the curve of my finger. I just clipped off the earring post with wire clippers, and I adhere it to my finger with double-stick tape. No more sore fingers from I'll-fitting thimbles!
I love hand quilting but I am also extremely proud of my machine quilting. It is also an art and should not be criticized in a negative manner.
I have bought many different thimbles and can never seem to find one that I can become comfortable using. I have tried leather, open ended metal types, closed ended metal types and I have also used just the hard plastic sticky back dots. I find that it is hard to feel what the needle is doing. This doesn't allow me to get even stitches. Is this something that will just take practice and eventually I will learn to feel with the thimble in place? Because I have done some form of hand sewing since I was a very small child so I am no stranger to a needle and thread but have never seemed to be able to get the hang of a thimble through any of my adventures with yarn, string or thread! All I end up with are terribly pricked fingers where I have to put my work down for a few days and let my fingers heal some before I can pick them back up to work again. I do machine piece my tops and send out a lot of them to be long arm quilted but I have pieces that I want hand quilted as well.
It takes a lot of practice, and you will get pricked but the fingers and thumb build up a callus and after a while you don't bleed and it doesn't hurt anymore. Sounds like fun, huh! The thing I have learned is to move slow, when you are pushing the needle with your middle finger on top, allow your thumb to move as a unit. Also don't be as concerned with making small stitches at first, as making even stitches. Now and then, I still have to un-sew some of my stitches if they don't look even or I am not satisfied with them for whatever reason. The thing is to keep at it and you will improve. I chose the Roxanne thimble because it is supposed to be more ergonomically sound. It is thicker than other thimble, and takes some getting use to, but I really like it now. It has dimples deep enough to grab and control the needle. I did find another brand at HQF this year that felt really good on and was a beautiful thimble. Couldn't justify the cost this year. Maybe next.
Nothing more incredible than hand quilting. #quilt #white #beige.
Hand quilting, PLPS2 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
hand quilting and trapunto, maker unknown, from Fall 2011 International Quilt Festival in Houston
Hand quilting pattern idea for Red & White quilt
hand quilting...amazing and beautiful
Absolutely beautiful hand stitched pillow cover. Great project to use instead of regular embroidery
Love this idea of bold outline stitching for the boys' quilts I want to make.
hand quilted with sulky thread doubled over.- This looks really effective and as it's hand quilting the thread change wouldn't be a problem.
I think I am ready to try my hand at hand-quilting...something like this, possibly?
Beautiful hand quilting
Bridie's Quilt by QOB, via Flickr ~ this might be a good pattern to use with the old family fabric & clothing