July 28, 2010 § 16 Comments
Since this is the year I am aiming to conquer my fear/dislike of hand sewing, I asked Sue at work to give me a quick lesson on hand quilting. And it feels like I am all thumbs! I haven’t gotten very far because there are so many other things going on right now. And frankly, if I’m sitting on the sofa watching TV, I’d rather be knitting. But I’m determined to hand quilt a couple of quilt tops that are languishing in the closet so I’m not giving up. I’m sure there will come a point when it doesn’t feel quite so awkward. Right?
Sue gave me a few of her favorite tips:
- She likes to quilt in a hoop, but the quilt sandwich is not taut, but sort of loose. Take your fist and lightly punch it once it’s in the hoop to create some give.
- She likes the clover chalk marker. It doesn’t stay on very long, but then it isn’t hard to remove like some chalk pencils. I thought I’d give it a try. I have had some trouble removing pencil markings from quilts when I have machine quilted.
- It’s more important to work at making even stitches than small stitches.
- As it is with everything, it takes practice, practice, practice… (I say this all the time too for machine quilting)
As you can see, my stitches are not very even. This is just a small doll quilt for practice. Yes, I know I should have basted with thread instead of pins. But this little doll quilt has been ready to machine quilt for some time (yes that long!), so I just went with it. Next, I want to move on to a lap quilt. I remade the Garden Medallion in mostly French General fabrics and I think it would look smashing with some big stitch hand quilting. And then there is the Medallion Quilt-Along quilt…. which feels a bit overwhelming to me at the moment.
Anna Maria and Jan also give some great tips on hand quilting. Please tell me that I’ll get better at this one day because it still feels like I’m all thumbs. How long did it take you before it felt more comfortable?