It’s three weeks since I was doing a happy dance for finishing the top on my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt. My rabbits are patiently waiting at the long arm quilters as the quilt is due to be basted on 21st May. I can then start hand quilting!
It’s about twenty years since I did any hand quilting! Kate Chiconi came up with a good idea, using these weeks to get my hand in hand quilting with a small piece. Good idea I thought!
I looked in my stash and found a set of seasonal panels. I have to confess that I only vaguely remember buying these, not that long ago either, no idea what I was planning to do with them…but they make a great practise piece! I’m starting with ‘Spring’
I used some scrap batting and a light piece of cotton on the back. I spray basted it to hold the sandwich together. For this smaller piece I’m using a large embroidery hoop on a stand, it’s also got one ring bound with cotton so it holds the fabric nice and firm. When I start my Rabbit quilt I do have a couple of proper quilting hoops, and a stand somewhere under the eaves…
I’m trying the Gutermann Sulky thread at the moment, mainly because I like the colour, it’s a variegated one! I’ve got some Gutermann hand-quilting thread to try too. I’m also using Kate’s favourite quilting needles which are the Birch brand, they are proving lovely to use. She kindly sent me some to try 🙂
When I was in Faberdashery, the quilting shop in Halifax, the owner persuaded me to try little stick on leather pads instead of thimbles, I was a bit dubious as they are a bit pricey! Having tried them though I do like them, they certainly stay stuck, I store them on the bottom of my thread as they are reuseable for ages, and needles haven’t gone through them so far.
It’s a free weekend on Craftsy at the moment, so I thought I’d take advantage and watch a hand quilting one. I’m half way through watching Andi Perejda’s course at the moment, getting lots of tips and inspiration.
I’ve not done a huge amount of quilting yet, I stitched along the outline of the bird first. I don’t think I pulled the thread quite firm enough as I didn’t get any relief forming. I then decided to quilt just around the bird which I think looks better. It’s still easier to see on the back. There’s a few stitches not got through to the back but for a first attempt (for a couple of decades!) I’m pretty pleased with that.
I’m just trying to decide whether to practice some cross-hatching now, rather than just following the design, maybe do a border on the top and a couple of motif’s at the bottom. Stitch what I need to practise, rather than stitching purely for the design. Any suggestions or tips gratefully received.
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below. Please follow the links to see lots of inspiring hand quilting;
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of all things hand stitched, why not follow the link and see what everyone else has been stitching.