hand quilting for beginners, the rocking motion & knot
detailed hand quilting video, using a thimble, holding the needle, rocking motion, best lighting for hand quilting, how to thread a needle and tie a knot.
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How to Make Quilter's Knot & Hand Quilt | Quilting
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One of the best things you can learn is how to make a good knot. Needle in your dominant hand, end of the thread in your other. You're going to place the thread on top of the needle and hold it with your dominant hand. You're going to wrap the thread three times, slide it to the edge of the needle, and keeping your fingers in between the two threads you're going to slide the knot all the way to the end. And you have a really nice little knot. You need a small knot because it has to go through the fabric. Then you get your thimble, you're definitely going to need a thimble to do this, otherwise your fingers will end up very raw and sore.
Here we've drawn a stencil on our fabric, this is our fabric sandwich, this is our quilt top basically, top, bating inside, backing. Start about half an inch away from where you want your needle to come up, push it through with your thimble, pull it, and here's where the small knot is important, you give it a little yank and it goes very nicely through the fabric. So your knots are buried, you're not going to see your knots on the back of the quilt, that's important.
Then you just take what's called a running stitch along the lines you've already drawn, and if you can see right there I've taken two stitches, and small is nice but it's not that important. What's more important is to try to get the stitches the same length so that you have a nice even look, because the quilting actually forms a decorative element in your quilt, and quilting really enhances your quilt top. So you would just go along your line until you finished, and I usually do this sitting down comfortably in a chair or on a couch. If you want to, what we call, travel you're going to stick your needle in between the fabric, not all the way through just the top layer, and come up at the next spot, and start quilting from there. That's a really easy way to continue, stopping and starting is what takes a lot of time so if you can come up with a design that's as continuous as can be you really do save a lot of time.
And to finish up, just like you did to start you go about half an inch away, wrap it, put your needle on your thread, slide it, once again pull slowly you don't want to get knots, and you'll see the knot just disappears into the quilt sandwich, and you cut your thread and you're done.
Hand Quilting Basics
Learn all the basics of hand quilting - what tools and supplies you need and how to do the stitch. I mention in the video that there's a blog post with links to supplies - you can find that here.
Hand Quilting for Beginners - How To Hand Quilt Your Next Quilt
I fell in love with hand quilting years ago when I was a much younger quilter. In those days, most people finished their quilts by hand quilting. The machine quilting craze had not yet begun. That made no difference to me because I took to hand quilting right away. My mom taught me when I was in high school. I remember getting up early before school so I could get ready and still have a few minutes left to quilt. Even today, I feel the NEED to get my hands on a quilt and put some stitches in. If I go a few days without the opportunity to quilt, I start to get wrestless.
If you've been thinking of learning how to hand quilt your first quilt, or if you're pretty new to hand quilting, this video is for you. You will learn:
How to mark a quilt
How to choose a quilt pattern
How to use a rocking motion to add several stitches at a time
What thread to use
Which needs to use
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Full Line Fabric Stencils
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How To do the Hand Quilting Stitch
Nancy Ellen demonstrates the Hand Quilting stitch and discusses the supplies you'll need. Learn how to make the quilters knot, what to do with your thumb, how to use the thimble and more...
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I used this double gauze cotton designed by Lizzie House for Andover Fabrics. You can get some here:
Fabric with motif
Pearl Cotton #8
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Thimble (I don't use one, but you may want to) You can also use a band aid on that finger ;)
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Snips (or sharp scissors)
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Sarah shares smart hand quilting techniques in this short clip. To learn more from this fabulous hand quilting and step-down piecing pioneer, visit and check out Big Techniques from Small Scraps, Sarah Fielke's online quilting class on Craftsy!
About Sarah Fielke:
The author of three books, including Material Obsession and Quilting: From Little Things, Sarah creates vibrant designs that appeal to both modern and traditional quilters.
About Big Techniques from Small Scraps:
Playful, colorful, improvisational and just plain fun! That's how Sarah Fielke's fans describe her quilt designs. In Big Techniques from Small Scraps, this Aussie quilter makes six small, scrappy quilts that combine traditional techniques with updated fabrics and a fresh design sensibility. Try something different, like deconstructed piecing, or learn a new skill, like needleturn appliqué. Create Sarah's designs or jump off and do them your own way. It's all good fun!
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