Learn how to hand quilt. It’s easy, relaxing, and goes faster than you think it will.
In this video you’ll learn all the basics of hand quilting – from the tools you need to the mechanics of how to do the stitch. There are two methods you’ll see people use – stabbing and rocking. I’m a rocker – gathering up several stitches with each pass of the needle.
Some people are very concerned with the number of stitches per inch. As I mentioned in the video – I am not. 🙂
If you want to get smaller stitches, work towards it gradually. This stitch feels awkward the first time you try it – and it’s even more awkward if you’re using a very tiny needle. I recommend starting with a pack of needles that includes several sizes. Start with the largest and work with that until you feel comfortable, then start moving to smaller and smaller needles – sticking with each size until you feel comfortable with it. When you’re happy with the length of your stitches – stay with that needle size.
Speaking of needles and other tools, in the video I show you some of my favorite tools for hand quilting. Here are the links I promised. . .
- This is the silicone thimble with the metal tip I like to use. Feel free to experiment with different thimble types until you find one that’s comfortable for you. It’s a very personal decision.
- This is the pack of needles in assorted sizes. Choose Quilting #5-10 in the drop-down menu.
- I also show a square quilting frame called a Q-Snap. I love these! They come in lots of different sizes, but the one I use is this 17 inch frame.
I also mentioned a few other basic skills videos. Here are those links. . .
- How to Tie a Knot in Your Thread Tail. This is the knot you tie to get started.
- What Does It Mean to Start Quilting in the Middle and Work Your Way Out to the Edges?
- How to Quilt All the Way to the Edge. I didn’t mention this in the video – but it’s a question that’s going to come up. 🙂
Finally, check out these other quilting videos for more info about hand quilting. . .
Try one of our newest quilt patterns! Get the Liz Llama pattern here. Or join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get a new block every month. 🙂