Let me know if you would like to see some pics of some of my work. Ah! Now, before you turn your back on me, let me be clear: I like when other people machine quilt things, but I just don’t enjoy it. Thank you for this terrific tutorial! I hope you found this video and tutorial on how to hand quilt helpful and informative! I’m so glad I came across this post, your vid was enjoyable to watch and listen to… I’m a first time handsewer and I’ve been getting conflicting suggestions on type of stitch. I used your tutorial to hand-quilt some of my Triangle Jitters quilt — it came out so cool-looking. Hi Suzy, I did two knots successfully! Quilt binding is simply a folded strip of fabric that is used to conceal and bind the edges of your quilt to keep it from fraying. Once you feel confident with that, add a third and then a fourth. Can you guess what to do next? However I didn’t like the idea of having to do a whole quilt nor the idea of having to use a frame or a hoop. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!! Here at SQ you will find free sewing tutorials, product reviews, basic how-to’s, design inspiration, and quilt patterns geared toward you – the chic, modern quilter! Grab your fabric marker/pen/pencil of choice and draw a circle on your fabric. Leeia. Make sense? One thing I do differently is when I knot off at the end, I go through the entire thickness of the quilt and pull the thread out through the back. Basically, this involves passing a piece of thread through all the layers of your quilt, pulling it out on the same side, and tying a knot to keep the spot in place. Congratulations! To tell you the truth, I stitch the exact same way no matter what shape I’m sewing. Thread: I have a handful of articles on thread. But big needle/big stitch/big thread quilting is a little easier on the digits and I find a way to add some to my projects. I’m going to start quilting my first quilt shortly and this is just what I needed. Oh! Thanks. This hides the knot inside the batting. Hi! This will be my first hand quilting attempt so I’m trying to predict if I’ll need more than one ball or not. I laughed and learned. Maybe that is more secure. Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned sewist, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy. PS: thank you for the free quilt pattern for signing up for your newsletter. :=), It probably is more secure. Knot and bury your knot as usual. Even though I've filmed many spontaneous Facebook live videos and IG stories about hand quilting, only now have I planted myself in a chair and filmed everything I know on how to hand quilt. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. Traditional Quilt Binding - How to finish the edges of a quilt, wall hanging, table runner, placemat, and any quilt projects. I use 8 wt. However, if you continue reading, you'll find all of the links I reference in the video. I have so many feeelings about hand quilting. Thanks for sharing your talent. Hi Suzy, Could you tell us what the fabrics are for the quilt top? Thanks for sharing! Can you confirm? I’ve been intimidated by hand quilting but your hybrid method seems a perfect fit for a newbie handquilter. I love everything from choosing the fabric for binding, making the binding, attaching it and then hand … I’m going to start hand quilting for the first time and am wondering when to add the crease lines. Thanks! Step 2- Placing Your Fabric Backing. Thanks so much for the great tutorial! This is one of the ways I’m able to support myself and continue writing free content. Thanks! I need it so baaad! ha!). Step One: How to Sew your Blocks into a Quilt Top Amanda from Broadcloth Studio shares 3 Ways To Finish Your Quilt by Hand (besides a running stitch). Great question and that is something I meant to cover, so I’m glad you bring it up. Knot pop and rock it. I shall run away and try your version. This will help ensure that your stitches remain secure. As much as I love picking fabric, piecing on my machine and even (can it be?) I have tried and tried but I just do not enjoy machine quilting. I’m saving it for next year when I plan on doing something really special for its release. Love your tutorials and all the gorgeous quilts! I just finished hand quilting a Christmas quilt for our bed. Your lovely personality shines through and is like a breath of sunshine. Once the knot is through, the threads can be pushed back into place. I think this is one of those things that will feel awkward until you figure out what works for you. To hand-stitch the back in place, prepare several lengths of thread. Not crazy, just very ambitious. I love hearing the different aspects of quilting that people enjoy. If it is, viola! I do have a question though, I have an old quilt dated back in the family but with years it has started to come apart & obviously the batting is almost none existent. P.S. Please let me know if you have any questions on the quilting process or supplies. One question I have regarding hand quilting is about some of your thread colours. Throw that old dull needle out. The gray and white stripe is actually a duvet cover from IKEA. I thought I knew what I was doing with hand quilting, but I definitely needed this video. – The Willow Market, 3 Fun & Fresh Quilted Pillow Patterns - Suzy Quilts. And since I really don’t like machine quilting, I’m always looking for other options. Now that you have all of your supplies (and there aren't many), it's time to learn the 3 basic steps to hand quilting: Knot, pop and rock it. Sewing patchwork by hand simply means you join small pieces of fabric together, into some various shapes. I quilted a baby blanket once on my machine and can’t imagine anything larger than that would be feasible on a sewing machine. I am so glad I found your blog! This is going to sound crazy, but I hand quilted a quilt once and strained a muscle in my neck from looking down too much. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to say, “Hi!” in the comments! Just bought the Campfire pattern and am going to make a baby size and try the combo of machine and hand quilting like your tutorial. And are you using DMC Pearl cotton thread #8? I have only hand quilted 2 quilts so far and even though my stitches can be a little uneven, I love the look and the feel. In the tutorial what size of yarn thread did you use? If you find that the weave of your fabric is really tight, one thing I do is stick my needle into the hole where I”m going to pop the knot, but before pulling it through, I stretch out that hole a bit with the needle. Traditionally, crazy quilts also have lots of embroidered lines stitched over the seams. Thanks . I learn a lot with your video, thank you so much! I am predominately a hand piecer and hand quilter… I just love the slow pace and prefer the feel and the look of a hand quilted project. haha! I also love the slow pace and the look of hand quilting. 12 wt. – The Willow Market, Pingback: 3 Fun & Fresh Quilted Pillow Patterns - Suzy Quilts. I believe Anna Maria Horner is the designer. Your video was awesome. Once the knot is through, I give the hole a little scratch with my fingernail to close it up. I still doubt they will want to stitch in the ditch, but certain longarm quilters could do something similar. May 5, 2019 - Explore Paula Gurley's board "How to finish a quilt" on Pinterest. If you use thinner thread than 12 wt., you will probably want to coat it in a wax so that it doesn’t tangle. Suzy this is just plain awesome. Thank you for a great tutorial! As for stitch length, that’s a matter of preference. How to Quilt by Hand Learn the beautiful art of quilting by hand with these easy techniques. See more ideas about quilt patterns, quilting crafts, quilts. I think it’s very doable, but you may want to sew a combination of machine and hand quilting. Some simple beginner-friendly quilt patterns. How about: There are so many different ways to tackle any of the above stitches. Much like traditional hand quilting, the layers of the quilt are hand stitched together, but usually perle cotton is used instead of lighter-weight traditional hand quilting thread and instead of trying to make tiny stitches and getting in as many stitches per inch as possible, big stitch quilting focuses on making nice even long stitches (approximately 4-5 stitches per inch). I would have to say that Sashiko needles are my best friend! I do, occasionally, do some machine quilting, but not if I can help it! Since I’m right handed, my left hand’s job is to gently stabilize the quilt sandwich. Would that be too busy? It’s been a lot of fun exploring new techniques and styles of quilting. Hi Suzy! I loved this video and picked up several techniques from you while watching it. The best way to hand quilt a running stitch is to rock your needle in and out, up and down, using your thimble-covered finger. I wrote a thimble post with a link if you’re interested – https://suzyquilts.com/best-thimble/. Use a running stitch and try to make them as small as possible. You can see my post on marking tools here – https://suzyquilts.com/quilt-marking-tools/. . I loved your video and it was very helpful-this may be a silly question but when you’re hand stitching, do you attach all of the pieces together at once or do you sew the fabric together first then add the batting/backing? I’m also interested to see the size of the stitch, and the associated gap, I think I have been trying to make the stitch, and gap, too small which is making life really tricky! I really like the way you use the semi-circles. Oh this is incredible! This is a real pain in the rear for quilters like me who are … We pop! This will help the binding blend into the quilt, so it doesn’t attract your attraction. • After stitching the binding strips one on the top quilt and one on the bottom quilt, you are done. Also, did you start in the middle and work your way out and what did you use to mark those perfect semi-circles? – it’s pretty thick. I took one look at their massive size, let out a little squeak and went back to my embroidery needles. Question about popping the knot, both at the beginning and end: is there a special trick to get it through without breaking? Make a stitch directly across from where your needle came up, going perpendicularly through all the quilt layers. Thanks. I’ve already planned to talk to my quilt guild about hand quilting this month, so I’ll pass along your blog post to them too! Pretty easy-peasy. It's helpful to have an understanding patchwork quilt block structure, which illustrates how blocks fit together (or not)—a big help when it's time to design and sew a quilt. I used the same technique I show in this post (How to Sew Binding on a Quilt) except instead of hand stitching a whip stitch, I used my same thick #8 thread and sewed a running stitch. Before you even get started hand quilting, you need to acquire the right supplies! What brand leather needle do you use. Thanks for taking the time to share your talents! There are some beautiful designs out there! See more ideas about Quilts, Quilt patterns, How to finish a quilt. Final Step- … I got it originally from fabricworm. , Pingback: Free Grow Pillow Pattern - Suzy Quilts. I learned so much. You're left with a knot sticking out on the front of your quilt! If you like this tutorial, you’ll love the tutorial I have on Quilt Binding. If you want to replace the batting, you will need to unpick all of the quilting, rebaste with new batting and then quilt it. With any of the techniques below, your quilt should be complete, fully quilted, squared up, the extra batting/backing trimmed and ready to bind. cotton thread and a simple sharp or quilting needle. The sashing is done in stripes with a tiny bit of white. Oh I love variegated thread! Quilt Binding – A Primer by Dana Bolyard. Is there any specific stitch or method you recommend? You explain everything so well and give so many practical tips that it seems your way of working is more like mine. Step 1- Preparing Your Materials. Knot pop and rocket. Goodness knows ‘comparison is the thief of joy! Usually that ranges from 6″ – 8″. I think a running stitch will be best for your hand quilting project. Hand tying is such a fun way to add texture to a quilt. Great question! Thanks for sharing! Don't worry about ripping your fabric. And because it takes so long to do (let’s call a spade a spade here), there is a lot of quality time spent with the quilt, making for a memorable experience. My next project is a landscape quilt for my sister that I know will have to be handquilted–your tutorial was so comprehensive and took my anxiety right down to zero! But I'm getting ahead of myself... You've tied your knot and trimmed your little thread tail. However, if you check out one of my recent projects, my Shine quilt, I used a different coordinating thread color in each block! thread in my machine unless I want a fancy look like I did here with 12 wt. Learn how to hand baste a quilt top. You could use that as batting, however, if you want your stitches to have dimension and be well seen, I recommend some thin batting – maybe a bamboo blend. thanks, Missy. It is done by hand, in squares, folded and the fabrics inserted into these ´folds´’brings such sparkle to the white background. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial!! If at any point your fingers are tired or if you’re having trouble pulling the needle through the fabric, try a new needle to see if that’s the issue. All you need to do to finish the binding is to fold over the binding to the other side of the quilt and then sew into the seam that you created with the first round of stitching. And that’s okay…. I had two questions. I loved the tutorial, thank you! . Get it here! Thanks! I haven’t found washing or not washing fabric to make a difference. Also I'd love to hear your hand quilting tips! One of these days I’ll try it and write all about it! Your email address will not be published. Those of you who enjoy these SQ tutorials have been asking me to "finally write that tutorial!" For quilting the project, consider tying it. The traditional way of tying a quilt is to tie it by hand, but there are tutorials online for doing it by machine. All the best to you and baby. Grab your needle and thread (I like to use a heavier floss). Step 3- Placing Your Quilt. May 19, 2019 - Explore nicciday1's board "how to finish a quilt" on Pinterest. I will occasionally do a cross hatch if the quilt has a lot of squares. Both of mine are probably considered “vintage” at this point and I can’t find them online, but just look for a sturdy wood hoop and you’ll be good to go. This is a great post. I loved hearing from someone that doesn’t care to machine quilt, I don’t particularly care for the look of machine quilting. My question is, how far apart can you space your quilting (say you are quilting straight lines—I’m asking about the space between lines rather than between stitches) without causing a problem? Hi Suzy – Not sure if you are still responding to questions given how long ago you posted this tutorial .. which is awesome btw. Beginner here–I have yet to quilt anything and had a question. Pingback: A Field of Wildflowers: The Perennial Quilt Pattern - Suzy Quilts. , Hand quilting is all about touch and what feels right. In this quilt binding tutorial, I'll show you how to sew the binding on a quilt completely with your sewing machine. You can use floss, perle cotton, yarn, ribbon, or whatever floats your boat (though I’d suggest something on the heavier end of the thread spectrum to play up that textural element). I’m using cotton batting and it seems like A LOT of fiber to stitch through by hand! 1) Artitst Binding (a.k.a. Goes to show, there is always more to learn. You can do it with regular 40 wt. Most hand quilters opt for size 10 or 12, which is indeed very small. One ball should get you through an entire baby quilt. Place one more pin on the new side at a 45 degree angle. I tried your method on the table, to bad for the money spent on the embroidery hoop!, and it goes much faster now and my fingertips don’t hurt! thanks a lot for your advices and your time. Hi Suzy, thank you so much for this tutorial! You're here to learn a sewing skill that has been passed down from generation to generation for...generations! 5 Easy Ways to Finish Your Art Quilt. I couldn’t find the leather thimble so I made myself one and guess what? Poke the tip of your needle out where you will begin stitching and pull your thread through. When machine quilting I bump my stitch length up from a 2.5 to a 3. When I wash them I use a bit more care, but they should hold up over time. Thanks, Pingback: How I Learned to Hand Quilt with the Mod Mountains Pattern - Suzy Quilts. You can read more about quilt marking tools here. You’ve totally converted me!! Bless you and your baby. What kind of thread are you using? I believe that the most important part of a quilt is the beautiful fabric and the quilt pattern. If so, Making a Whole Cloth Quilt with 4 Layer Gauze -, Free Beginner Quilt Pattern, 'Playtime' -, A whole cloth pillow hand tied with five different shades of yarn to make an ombré effect, A baby blanket covered in tiny hand stitched hearts (or mix your cross-stitch and satin stitch to make an X’s + O’s blanket), A wall hanging with a constellation or connect-the-dots pattern (maybe add in some hand quilting to connect the dots), Needles: When it comes to needles, I’m currently loving an assorted set of, Thread: I love working with 12 wt cotton thread (pictured are, Thread Gloss: I highly recommend using thread gloss as it just makes life so much more easier (my go-to is. I’m thinking of doing Triangle Jitters next as a baby quilt. 1. Quick question – how long does a ball of thread last you? Other Binding tutorials you may be interested in are below. I learned to hand quilt a few years ago, and since then I've spent hundreds of hours stitching away. 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