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Hand Quilting: Heirloom Design & Technique taught by Andi Perejda

Award-winning quilter Andi Perejda introduces the rich tradition of hand quilting. Learn how to choose fabrics, threads and motifs for beautiful results!

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Traditional, Romantic, Classic
NanaJeanFL on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? 100% Cotton pink & rose fabric, 50 wt lavender cotton thread, Pellon Bamboo/Rayon batting.

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What are you most proud of? My stitches may not be small but they are even - both front and back. I was able to add a row of echo stitches to the feathers. I'm happy with my first effort.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Consider using a sheer fabric to practice the movements. Wish I'd done this before jumping in but I was too enthused to wait. On my 2nd piece I'm using a contrasting thread to baste. Try different thimbles and needles to see what works for you. If using a water soluble marker use a light hand - don't drag - lift the tip off the fabric at the end of lines to avoid making "spots" as you draw.. If you must correct a marking draw a very light line. Don't repeatedly go over the same marking. Dark marks can be harder to remove. A light spray of water works best to remove water soluble markings. Repeat if necessary. Do not press until marks are removed - it will set the markings.

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Wow Jean... hand quilting... well done you. I really don't think I could have the patience for this, but it does look so professional. Happy New Year

12/31/2013 Flag

Thank you Desna and Happy New Year to you and yours as well. Here's a link to a YouTube by another Craftsy instructor that covers the basics if you want to give it a go before taking a class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DXN5Ger_jo Hope you enjoy :D

01/04/2014 Flag

You say: first effort; I say I'm impressed. I'm busy doing hand quilting myself and I find it a bit difficult to get all my stitches even. And my left index finger hurts after an hour of stitching. But I'm going for it. I have a twin-size quilt that is patched by hand to my opinion I have to handquilt it too. But it's a hell of a job. Btw I like your projects!

02/07/2014 Flag

Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. After trying a number of different ways I ended up adjusting the way I do hand quilting due to arthritis at the base of both thumbs. A nice unexpected side affect was no hurt fingers. I look forward to seeing your quilt :D

02/07/2014 Flag

Wow That's intimidating, I cannot believe that this is your very first hand quilted piece, as a total newbie I think it looks like you've been doing this for years. Congratulations.

04/04/2014 Flag

Thank you so much Essem. What a nice thing to say. I think my experience with other types of hand sewing played a big roll. I hope you'll give it a try. I was also intimidated but Andi is a great teacher and very helpful. Hope to see your 1st project soon :D

04/05/2014 Flag

A very good start! I like your advice comments, too. Keep up the good work!

06/11/2014 Flag

Thank you Andi :D I've been busy with quilt tops and hope to do more hand quilting this summer while traveling. That said I think I need more practice with designs that require smaller stitching :-)

06/11/2014 Flag

If you want to try designs needing smaller stitching, try my 18th century design. The smaller the motifs, the better they look with smaller stitches. Don't pressure yourself too much, though! Enjoy the process. You are just starting!

06/13/2014 Flag

Thanks for the advice Andi - I will :D

06/13/2014 Flag