Hand Quilting: Heirloom Design & Technique »
InstructionsI used a whole-cloth template to mark this charming quilt. You can still see the basting stitches--I left them in for the photograph because someone wanted to see what a basted quilt looked like.
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Cute, Traditional, Romantic
Cotton Sateen, Wool batting, Mettler 50 wt cotton thread
What was your inspiration?
I have seen some of Andi Perejda's beautiful quilts, and decided to take her hand quilting course, hoping I can get my skills up to the point where I'll be comfortable quilting an antique quilt my grandmother appliqued. My past efforts at stab stitch quilting were neither straight nor even.
What are you most proud of?
Wow! A few hours of instruction and my stitch quality is greatly improved. I'm not ready to work on grandma's quilt, but I am clearly moving in the right direction.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Watch the video up through Lesson 5, then set up your quilt sandwich and hoop. Then watch Lesson 5 again. Then before starting on your hand quilting, put a simple piece of cotton in your hoop and try to get the feeling for the stitch. It is easier without the batting! Then when you can make the needle do basically what it is supposed to do, load your quilt into the hoop, get out that glass of wine, and start on a very gentle curve near the middle of your quilt -- not on a straight line. Curves will hide the minor imperfections as you get started.