Very informative. You can see my post on marking tools here – https://suzyquilts.com/quilt-marking-tools/. By cutting your quilt backing slightly bigger than the top layer and folding it forward. When making a quilt, you first sew the quilt top together completely. Your batting packaging will tell you specifically how far apart you need to quilt your quilt for the sandwich to stay together. Thanks for following along! This will help the binding blend into the quilt, so it doesn’t attract your attraction. TIA for all input….. cotton thread and a simple sharp or quilting needle. Thanks, Pingback: How I Learned to Hand Quilt with the Mod Mountains Pattern - Suzy Quilts. I must own 30 different thimbles and none work! The final crease of the binding will stay folded so that all raw edges are enclosed. To know what I'm talking about, check out the video above. It’s a pleasure to watch you do your thing. I’d love to share them with you. It is done by hand, in squares, folded and the fabrics inserted into these ´folds´’brings such sparkle to the white background. I love the look of cross-stitch, but ugh, I hate the fact the back doesn’t mirror the front. So, follow these steps to finish your quilt. New to sewing? That way the knot goes through the batting and lays between the batting and the back. I used embroidery floss and hope this doesn’t become a problem in the future with the 3 strands I used. If you use thinner thread than 12 wt., you will probably want to coat it in a wax so that it doesn’t tangle. I loved hearing from someone that doesn’t care to machine quilt, I don’t particularly care for the look of machine quilting. Great tip! I also raise the fabric up and towards the needle for a more comfortable rocking rhythm. Fold over the edges and stitch in the ditch to finish the binding. I got it originally from fabricworm. That was such an awesome video girl! If you choose to finish your quilt by hand, there are several methods you can use. Conclusion. Have you thought about white to match the muslin? I am going to invest in a multi color pack of pearl cotton for my next project. Let me know if you would like to see some pics of some of my work. (For some reason this always make me think of the bend and snap from Legally Blonde. The middle crease will enclose the raw edges of your quilt as the other half of the binding wraps around to the back. Finishing Your Stitches and Hiding Your Knot I wrote a thimble post with a link if you’re interested – https://suzyquilts.com/best-thimble/. What I can’t make them grasp is how much satisfaction I get from drawing on the design, then the relaxing act of hand stitching it all. Triangle Jitters Quilt Pattern (Download). It’s from last year’s collection and after searching around online, I’m having the hardest time locating some in stock. I’m using cotton batting and it seems like A LOT of fiber to stitch through by hand! Your email address will not be published. I’d still suggest using a Hera marker since it doesn’t actually mark on the fabric (and that’s always the safest). To Machine Bind a Quilt, Just Sew the Binding to the Quilt’s Back Side. Oh this is incredible! Knot pop and rock it. You are an inspiration! Crease with your finger. It will naturally wrap itself around the quilt in the way it should lay. It’s just so lovely. You may use rectangles, squares, hexagons or other … Continue reading "How to Make a Patchwork Quilt by Hand" Don’t stitch into the seam line or press your seams until you finish your block. Instead of straight lines I’m going around the picture outlines. You're here to learn a sewing skill that has been passed down from generation to generation for...generations! What brand leather needle do you use. A tool like this one can help separate the chain once it is sewn together. 14. I am also wondering what you think about a variegated thread, either shades of the same color or different colors. I’m Elizabeth Chappell of Quilters Candy. Learn how to machine bind a pot holder with this tutorial. Thanks so much for the great tutorial! I have tried with a hoop, and having the bottom index/second finger used to pivot the needle, but it hurts! You could stitch the whole quilt in the ditch and then add some hand quilting just in the sashing. Thanks for posting! Once you feel confident with that, add a third and then a fourth. Thanks for sharing! CLICK HERE to read that. Also, did you start in the middle and work your way out and what did you use to mark those perfect semi-circles? With any of the techniques below, your quilt should be complete, fully quilted, squared up, the extra batting/backing trimmed and ready to bind. Hi Suzy, Make your stitch along the second line of the X. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial!! But that’s it. 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! How to Finish a Quilt. I was wondering if you have tips for taking care of your hands and wrists while you’re stitching all these lines! You are so generous with your time! 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. When I wash them I use a bit more care, but they should hold up over time. PS our friend used white drapery lining fabric to make it along with scraps from her home sewing for inserts! Here’s a blog post with a bit more info on batting if you’re interested. For demonstration’s sake, let’s start with a little circle. I have a multicolored quilt made up of 2″ squares on an angle backed with off white muslin…..if I hand quilt it with thread to match the squares won’t the back look kinda janky? After you have hidden the end of your binding, the first side of your quilt binding is finished. Great question! The traditional way of tying a quilt is to tie it by hand, but there are tutorials online for doing it by machine. 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. Your email address will not be published. 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. Let's start with my very first attempt at hand quilting. I use 8 wt. I thought it may work for other threads as well. I love the way just a small amount hand quilting can give the quilt a vintage look. I laughed and learned. My question is simple .. when you quilt with the rocking motion what are you doing with the hand that is under the quilt?! 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. https://www.freespiritfabrics.com/product_images/FS2180TP%20Center%20Stage-VERSION%202.pdf It shouldn’t be breaking on you like that. Truth! Grab your fabric marker/pen/pencil of choice and draw a circle on your fabric. Pingback: The Reflections Quilt Pattern: A Modern Strip Quilt - Suzy Quilts, Suzy, thank you for taking the time to get back to me, busy person that you are. Another option is just to mend the tears. 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. Your a great teacher. Thanks! This secures the edges, making it easier to sew the blocks together. And since I really don’t like machine quilting, I’m always looking for other options. Thank you for making and sharing this very helpful video! Thanks. There are some beautiful designs out there! I took one look at their massive size, let out a little squeak and went back to my embroidery needles. I've stitched with many quilters who hate my leather thimble and love the thimble pads (which don't work for me at all.). In addition to wearing a thimble (or two) that fits well, I suggest doing different wrist stretches as needed. Instead of sewing the binding to the front of the quilt sandwich, stitch it to the back side instead. Like all my projects, I’m learning as I go and am too stupid to be intimidated. Satin stitches are incredibly versatile as you’re basically coloring in a shape with thread. I usually keep the same 50 or 40wt. X marks the spot. Or maybe it’s because my mother instilled the fear of [insert your personal direst of consequences here] if I ever played around with her favorite sewing machine. Hoop: When I’m hand quilting, I generally like to use a quilting hoop: for the cross-stitch-ish and satin stitch, I particularly like to use my smaller 12” one. What do you do if the thread breaks before the the knot goes through the fabric when you are tying it off? Will they hold up in a washer? Step One: How to Sew your Blocks into a Quilt Top Once the stack of pinned pieces is all sewn, you go back and snip in between each small segment. It’s been a lot of fun exploring new techniques and styles of quilting. I really like the way you use the semi-circles. Thanks! What is the blue plaid with orange fabric used in the tutorial video? Great question! I really love the handstitching aspect of quilting because it is so portable. I’m wanting to make a large quilt with a combo of machine and hand quilting using straight lines. One thing I like to do too is lean back in a chair, bed or couch, bend my legs at an angle and stretch the quilt over my legs. Hi Suzy, I did two knots successfully! Thank you so much! I’m thinking of doing Triangle Jitters next as a baby quilt. Hi Suzy! What do you think of that? I love hearing the different aspects of quilting that people enjoy. One rule of thumb is to match thread to the lightest fabric in the quilt. Is a running stitch what you would always recommend? Do you possibly mean leather thimble? Sign Up for the Newsletter, Get a Free Pattern! I just finished basting my rocksteady quilt and want to do a mixture of machine and hand quilting — any advice about which one to do first? The gray and white stripe is actually a duvet cover from IKEA. It’s double gauze called Birds and Blooms in sage by Nani Iro. 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. You can see examples in my Maypole pillow and pink Fly away quilt. See more ideas about Quilts, Quilt patterns, How to finish a quilt. How would you hand quilt a quilt made with 16” Ohio stars blocks with sashing in between? I’ve started hand quilting Mod Mountains, my first hand quilting experience. I use one made by Clover. I just did my first little trial of hand stitching and it’s so addicting! Make sense? I have always used a Roxanne and not easy on arthritic fingers. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I have it on a quilting frame so will loosen the tension on it to get the rocking motion. I will occasionally do a cross hatch if the quilt has a lot of squares. First, lay out your pieces how they will go into the quilt, then pin them together wherever possible. I had two questions. 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. PS: thank you for the free quilt pattern for signing up for your newsletter. I’m so happy your found my tutorial helpful! Love your patterns too. 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. Repeat until the entire circle is filled in. I learned a lot and have been quilting for a long time. I need it so baaad! I have a friend of my mother´s pattern for the ¨Cathedral Window¨ and/or Saratoga quilt. Thanks for your advice and I look forward to reading more from you:). Hi Suzy! This past year I’ve been attending and actually was the president of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild. Oh my fellow quilters, I could wax poetic on this for pages and pages, but that's not why you're here. If this happens I just unstitch enough stitches so that I have room to rethread my needles and finish by popping my knot into the quilt top. 12 wt. One ball should get you through an entire baby quilt. 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. It might not be the “correct” way to do it, but 1) who cares and 2) who will ever know? I cant wait to try my first project. Your teaching style is very straightforward and really answered any questions I have had on this technique. Do you have any suggestions for your second favorite thimble to use? Fold strip to the side at that same 45 degree angle. 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. Log Cabin Quilt Block Patterns; Basic Hand Quilting Techniques. Or riff on these ideas: the sky’s the limit with what shapes you can make! Now that I have seen your excellent video my heart is full of hope again. Make just one little change in this technique, and you can bind a quilt without any hand sewing at all. I love the way the colors show up…tiny quilt stitches are more about texture. But to be honest, sometimes I don’t have the time (or the energy or the patience or the interest) to hand quilt an entire quilt. Suzy this is just plain awesome. One question I have regarding hand quilting is about some of your thread colours. Grab your needle and thread, make your knot, and bury your thread as you normally would while hand quilting, coming up with your needle somewhere along the circumference of the circle. I have a size 5 and that seems too big. Quilt pulled through with not so square corners Corners pushed out, pointed and flat Iron flat and pin together again before quilting and sewing up the opening. • As soon as you finish sewing from one corner to another, you may turn the quilt over and do the same process on the back/bottom side of the quilt. It looks like some of yours have two colours. You can learn more about that here. This is one of the ways I’m able to support myself and continue writing free content. Step by Step to Finish A Quilt Without Binding. 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. I’m going to start hand quilting for the first time and am wondering when to add the crease lines. Ah! I’m new to quilting and falling in love with the various patterns, techniques and fabrics. That’s my Reflections quilt and I actually haven’t written the pattern yet. See more ideas about quilt patterns, quilting crafts, quilts. Try only double knotting. Your thread consistently breaking is really annoying and definitely something we can prevent. I have some unbleached muslin and wondered if I could use that instead of batting? Let your fans know if you ever do it! This is for prepping the quilt either for machine quilting or hand quilting. Love your tutorials and all the gorgeous quilts! How I Learned to Hand Quilt with the Mod Mountains Pattern - Suzy Quilts, The Reflections Quilt Pattern: A Modern Strip Quilt - Suzy Quilts, Your Guide to Finding the Best Thimble - Suzy Quilts, https://www.fabricworm.com/jadeforbifao6.html, https://www.fabricworm.com/mbs-mineral.html, https://www.fabric.com/buy/ef-289/kona-cotton-ice-frappe, How to Sew Curves in a Quilt - Suzy Quilts, The 5 Types & Sizes of Hand Quilting Needles - Suzy Quilts, A Field of Wildflowers: The Perennial Quilt Pattern - Suzy Quilts, baste the three layers of the “quilt sandwich” together, Free Quilted Tote Bag Tutorial Using the Modern Fans Pattern, Tutorial: How to Insert an Exposed Zipper into a Pillow - Suzy Quilts, https://www.freespiritfabrics.com/product_images/FS2180TP%20Center%20Stage-VERSION%202.pdf, Quilt Tying Tutorial: How to Tie a Quilt with Yarn or Embroidery Thread - Suzy Quilts, Zipper Pouch Tutorial: How to Sew a Simple Pouch from Scraps - Suzy Quilts, A Scrappy Modern Quilt: The Campfire Pattern, Zipper Pouch Tutorial: How to Sew a Simple Pouch from Scraps. You’ve totally converted me!! Thanks. Thanks in advance x. We pop! I, however, always feel like that’s still too far apart. I’ve been hand quilting for years and I learned a lot from it still. Would that be too busy? haha! ‘ Good for you… keep up the good work…, I knew someone would say they like the Sashiko needles! If you are interested in other stitches, check out sashiko. Based on your quilt batting instructions, make sure you have quilting close enough together so your three layers remains stable. Other Binding tutorials you may be interested in are below. Just in case you haven’t sewn them all together yet! A Brief and Entertaining History of Polka Dots, The 5 Types & Sizes of Hand Quilting Needles, Quilt Marking Tools: Different Ways to Draw Guidelines, Bohemian Garden Quilt (Pattern Available). Thank you. Also, aside from a basic running stitch seen here, you could chain stitch for a “solid” line look rather than a “dashed” line. 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