Such a difference in your muscle tension when the rubber grippers work to hold the quilt in place and move it along, instead of your gripping and tensing your muscles! Since most people do not have easy access to a sewing machine, it is a good learn to 'hand sew' project. One question: when you machine quilt above the ditch what weight thread do you use there and how long of a stitch? 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! Makes no difference, After sewing with such dark moody colors I was in. I usually give myself a few days to do big quilts and come back to it now and then so it’s not a huge task all at once! Suzy this is just plain awesome. Took for-EVAR but I would do it again. LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of breaking it up into quarters so only a bit is in the throat at a time! I am new to quilting, only about a year and have been going quilt as you go since quilting a quilt top is scary to me. However more and more people are doing big stitch quilting. You explain everything so well and give so many practical tips that it seems your way of working is more like mine. I made many on that machine but with age and arthritis I have adjusted yet again to a Baby Lock Coronet. Both times I just free hand marked as I went using my Hera marker. It drives me nuts to quilt without them! Instead just start in the center, quilt a section, and end in the middle. Great question! You don’t have to start and end on the edges…and it’s really hard to smoosh the whole quilt through the machine neck to get to the center. I loved the tutorial, thank you! Love this comment! If you start with machine quilting, then you can add as much hand quilting embellishments as you have time for. Your batting packaging will tell you specifically how far apart you need to quilt your quilt for the sandwich to stay together. Leeia. Once you know if you enjoy sewing, you can decide if you want to invest in special equipment like a sewing machine. Use a table or ironing board, or whatever you have that can support the quilt to the left and back of the machine. We probably all fear quilting large quilts :). I usually keep the same 50 or 40wt. xo. Thanks! I’ve collected all my supplies and have been practicing. Hi Suzy, thank you so much for this tutorial! PS: thank you for the free quilt pattern for signing up for your newsletter. However, if that does happen, try again and be a bit more gentle. Color, texture of fabric, all those tiny designs on each one of the fabric you use to sew up a quilt, when they get together no doubt at all it becomes a piece of art. YES! So nice to know I can quilt that way more selectively and it looks so nice? I’m new to quilting and falling in love with the various patterns, techniques and fabrics. I’m looking to do some hand quilting (already have some machine quilting) on a baby quilt on a road trip later this month. Meet the Wish quilt! I’ve done a little hand quilting on mini quilts and some baby-ish sized quilts, but nothing this size. If you are interested in other stitches, check out sashiko. PS our friend used white drapery lining fabric to make it along with scraps from her home sewing for inserts! The quilts go to children in hospitals, homeless shelters, etc. Big Stitch Quilting, also sometimes called utility quilting, is a hand quilting technique for stitching together all the layers of the quilt. Block tutorial can be found here (click here). In the tutorial what size of yarn thread did you use? Well, at least I haven’t encountered that. 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 excited. Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. She’s similar to me in that she sends most large quilts out for longarming if possible (the […]. What brand leather needle do you use. And Jennifer’s tip, ‘take breaks’; great advice. I feel quite lighthearted again – thank you so much Suzy! Choose a design that you can keep consistent. Truly enjoyed the tutorial, but my problem is that I am left handed…. Thank you so much! When we have that problem, we’re advised to put the embroidery thread in the freezer for 24hrs to prevent breakages. fancy look like I did here with 12 wt. It’s all wabi-sabi hand quilting. Larger stitches are used, not only to hand quilt a piece, but to add an additional design element to it as well. I was wondering if you have tips for taking care of your hands and wrists while you’re stitching all these lines! The first quilt I hand quilted the back looks very different from the front. That being said…if you are a beginner you might want to practice a lot on smaller quilts before you jump into a king size. To tell you the truth, I stitch the exact same way no matter what shape I’m sewing. One ball should get you through an entire baby quilt. Lift it up. Create a Seamless Border. Beginner here–I have yet to quilt anything and had a question. I have a. Oh! I really love the handstitching aspect of quilting because it is so portable. I remove the pins and basting as I go along. No joint stress, great stitches, I am happy. I have a pretty wide throat on my sewing machine (BERNINA 770 QE) so it’s doable. I have a fair amount of time to work on it – think I’m crazy to try it? June 2019 – stay tuned! The only time I thought, “sheesh this is a tight weave!” was when hand quilting with poplin. There are a few steps to take before and after you jump into hand quilting. I do practise on smaller items, like mugrugs and table runners, but there’s quite a way to go until I feel ready to tackle a “proper” quilt. This will keep tension off of your other fingers and, with enough practice, will give you the most even stitches. Pull the top thread to draw up the bobbin thread to the top – this prevents the bobbin thread tail getting tangled up underneath the quilt. I never thought about the mixing of machine and hand quilting but I am definitely going to try it as it will certainly save some time. 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. I broke the thread a couple times and am wondering if using pre-washed vs washed fabric makes a difference? I LOVED hand quilting – it’s so relaxing. I have tried with a hoop, and having the bottom index/second finger used to pivot the needle, but it hurts! It will save your shoulders and back if you are not holding all of the quilt weight by yourself! Oh dear! So far, I have anxiety about that and I have not attempted fully. Love it. Say that 5 times fast. I have made about 8 queen size quilts, 1 king size quilt, and about 20 lap size quilts. I have never quilted, but I am encouraged to give it a try. And don't forget, after you stitch one million stitches to gather the family together for everyone to stand on it. ⠀ Your blogs are so helpful and I can see my quilting finally starting to improve. Hello, If you plan really dense quilting, grab a second ball just to be safe. I have a seasonal panel which I am hand quilting into a hanging picture. I love the way the colors show up…tiny quilt stitches are more about texture. I’d imagine stitching a curve would mean you make fewer stitches before pulling the thread through? The really good part, though, is that the quilt turned out to be beautiful! Aren’t gloves the best? Thanks again for all your advice, just from watching the video I can tell hand quilting will be quicker than I assumed! Let your creativity dictate what you decide to do. It's bright and whimsical... "When you wish upon a star⠀ Let’s say you have a Queen size quilt that needs finishing, and you are deciding whether to send that bad boy to a quilter or tackle the quilting yourself. When I'm hand quilting, I feel a spirit connection with them. Then use pins to go over everything again and make sure it’s all very secure. Learned lots of lessons. Thank you so much! I wish you all the best for the coming months! Once the knot is through, the threads can be pushed back into place. You can start/end stitching in a seam to hide it even better. Today I thought I’d share my process of how I prepped the quilt for hand quilting. I learn a lot with your video, thank you so much! I couldn’t find the leather thimble so I made myself one and guess what? Something I read from another FMQ blogger “You can practice until you are blue in the face, but at some point you just have to dive in and do it!” It has worked well for me, before reading that comment I was stuck in the “Practice Phase”. I change my needle whenever the stitches begin to feel sluggish. cotton thread and a simple sharp or quilting needle. ha!). The rest are: It’s also a great reason to grow your thread stash. ⠀ This happens to me a lot. 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. If it’s not basted well you’ll end up with bumps and folds and extra fabric in the center. I believe Anna Maria Horner is the designer. You can see examples in my Maypole pillow and pink Fly away quilt. As for basting, I’ve had a couple of large quilts basted on a long arm, then quilted them myself. Have you thought about white to match the muslin? You can learn more about that here. TIA for all input….. By cutting your quilt backing slightly bigger than the top layer and folding … I use a ping pong table for spray basting. Happy 4 July to you from Australia , Pingback: Your Guide to Finding the Best Thimble - Suzy Quilts. Truth! . thread. I’ll be sharing a few more on the process of hand quilting later as well. Is there a ay to slow it down a little so I can practice? You have really inspired me. I used bamboo in the sage and cream Reflections seen in this blog and wool in the Maypole and Modern Fans baby quilt. I don’t make my quilting look too uniform so that the little mistakes looked like individuality. For the pillow, all you’ll need is a 12” pillow form, a mini charm pack, an 8.5” square of fabric for the center, 1⁄2 yard of fabric for your backing, and 1⁄4 yard for binding. Spray basting a large quilt can get expensive quick, but you can spot baste it and just do the center, or use a dot of spray baste every 6-8″ or so. I just read through this 'ible. I have only ever done hand quilting which I always find relaxing but it does take a lot of time and my 82-year-old hands tire too easily these days. I was just looking for ideas to move forward in doing machine quilting. :=), It probably is more secure. Oh my fellow quilters, I could wax poetic on this for pages and pages, but that's not why you're here. To know what I'm talking about, check out the video above. On my next quilt I will think about doing half and half and progress with your phantastic tips. Thanks! Great question! The sashing is done in stripes with a tiny bit of white. 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. Let me know if you would like to see some pics of some of my work. …. Make sense? An easy way to do this is to simply stitch a tube-shaped sleeve across the entire back of the quilt and then run a dowel through it. Below is a finished picture of my Reflections quilt and also what I looked like at 14 weeks pregnant. Most of the tutorials and articles I have read stress that you should always start in the middle of the quilt, SHOOT my throat isn’t that big. I quilted my Tahoe quilt on my huge dining room table, it was like wrestling a soggy wet blanket. haha! At least every hour put your needle down, stand up, walk around, drink some water, and figuratively hit the refresh button. Is that a Juki TL98Q you at using? In that posture I’m totally relaxed and have easy access to the back of the quilt. The only thing I would add is make sure to take breaks, it can be hard on your back and shoulders. Your advice is always helpful, whether it’s a new idea or a reminder of a better way to do this. Thank you so much. When I wash them I use a bit more care, but they should hold up over time. Sometimes I recommend products, and if you click on those links, I may earn a small commission. I laughed and learned. basting, hand quilting will always feel special to me in a way other techniques don't. I continue to work with the organization, but am also increasing the size of my personal quilts to get more experience quilting larger quilts on my new Janome 6500P, which was a recent birthday gift. I felt huge, but now at 23 weeks, I realize I wasn't. I can’t believe how big she has gotten! read more about quilt marking tools here. I’ve done a wabi-sabi Baptist fan design a couple times. Instead of straight lines I’m going around the picture outlines. I do know of someone in Maine that does long-arm quilting. I am just using quilting cotton but it really didn’t like letting my knot through, apparently! This is a great post. All of the comments here are very informative and incouraging. You’ve totally converted me!! I received a question about quilting  a large quilt on a home sewing machine, and while it was on my mind I thought I’d post a few tips for quilting a large quilt! Thank you so much for responding! I have a size 5 and that seems too big. I’ve also ripped out a lot of quilting if it’s just not right. Big stitch quilting is my new favorite way to hand quilt – I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to traditional hand quilting. This will be my first hand quilting attempt so I’m trying to predict if I’ll need more than one ball or not. Thanks for taking the time to share your talents! I learned by trial and error. Knot pop and rocket. I pin and baste well. Your advice is clear and encouraging and I may try a larger one. (For some reason this always make me think of the bend and snap from Legally Blonde. I’m not a creeper–honest! | Evening in the Garden Quilts, How To Machine Quilt | Blossom Heart Quilts. I learned so much. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial!! thread. I’ve only used quilters thread and teeny tiny needles, which are difficult for arthritic hands. I don’t plan to machine quilt at all and in your video you added the crease lines after you machine quilted in the ditch. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge on hand quilting. Kathy P. Hi Kathy! The Juki only has a straight stitch, but I would highly recommend it! One question I have regarding hand quilting is about some of your thread colours. Thanks. LOL. Thanks, Pingback: How I Learned to Hand Quilt with the Mod Mountains Pattern - Suzy Quilts. Throw quilts are actually the largest size I will machine quilt on my machine. This will help ensure that your stitches remain secure. I love this comment!!! 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. I’m just ready to quilt a pink log cabin quilt for my one-year-old and this is SO helpful! 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! Not that I think that this will be a walk in the park. Now, push that back finger up, creating a small bump on the quilt top where your needle is. and am now a follower! I have so many feeelings about hand quilting. 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. Throw that old dull needle out. Let's start with my very first attempt at hand quilting. It took me a more than a week to quilt it. Having a direction in mind, helped me to be more organized instead of so random and it really worked out much better. Thanks so much for taking the time to make this special video! Few people ever find our errors. My least. Very informative. Those of you who enjoy these SQ tutorials have been asking me to "finally write that tutorial!" One of these days I’ll try it and write all about it! I don’t understand why they piece their quilts together, then send it off to someone to machine quilt it, charge an arm and a leg for their services it’s a stand off. These are really helpful suggestions, Allison. 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. Next one I am making is for my brother, I am definitely going to try your method. How to Quilt by Hand. I’ve always enjoyed doing hand sewing and was thrilled when I found your website and video on the topic! Thanks for visiting! That would make a three page blog…But doing your own quilting does teach you so very much. Do you use a frame, or quilt size embroidery hoop while you are hand quilting? When you hand quilt and do not machine quilt at all, is there an amount of stitches per inch. I’ve used cotton, but I think my two favorites are wool and bamboo. I have it on a quilting frame so will loosen the tension on it to get the rocking motion. Please let me know if you have any questions on the quilting process or supplies. Suzy, loved your video. Traditional hand quilting uses fine thread and as many small, even stitches per inch as one can manage for a delicate and detailed effect. The word “quilt” is super confusing because it’s a noun, a verb, a specific process of sewing, and also describes the general act of quiltmaking. 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! These days I pretty much send everything a Twin size and over to a long arm quilter, because I don’t have the space to baste it, I never have the time, and it kills my back. I just think that if you want your quilt to stand up under wear and tear, it’s good to have those layers nice and secure. And just enjoy It! I just finished a top from your pattern, Easy Bake, and I love it! You can make your own or get one. I just did my first little trial of hand stitching and it’s so addicting! To finish your stitches we are going to implement the same popping technique to make our knot nicely hidden. It was made with love and high hopes and it reminds me that this quilting journey is a process and an adventure and when I find myself fussing over perfection more than I loving what I am doing then it’s time to quit! How should I go about, should I open her up completely & put a brand new batting in & try to put her back together? A machine with a generous harp space makes a big difference in reducing the amount of quilt wrestling required. I love the way just a small amount hand quilting can give the quilt a vintage look. Hi Suzy, Could you tell us what the fabrics are for the quilt top? Do you (and other hand-quilters here) “gift” hand quilted items? Give that knot a little yank and pop it through to the inside of the quilt. Layout your quilt and figure out where you are going to start and stop quilting. When machine quilting I bump my stitch length up from a 2.5 to a 3. I split a large quilt in half, quilt each half separately, then join them together and do the last bit of quilting to join the design. Make a quilting plan of action. I started in the bottom left corner and grew those crazy rolling hills outward. Triangle Jitters Quilt Pattern (Download). Push several stitches onto the needle before pulling the needle through. I just finished hand quilting a Christmas quilt for our bed. I did the same thing with my first larger quilt…I had no idea what long arm quilting was, and my quilting was TERRIBLE but I still love that quilt and was extremely proud of it!!! After a lazy weekend my house is a dumpster fire.. And just like that...time for Christmas! That makes the quilting feel extra unique and special. I just began receiving your blog and love it. Yes the mistakes no one else notices but us and it gives it personality and teaches us a lot! , Pingback: Free Grow Pillow Pattern - Suzy Quilts. I’d love to share them with you. Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned sewist, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy. It’s a woven fabric made by Free Spirit Fabrics. Hi Allison, I love CluckCluckSew! Thanks! Do you use the same colour thread for the entire quilt? Maybe a bit in the white would be good. I’m new to quilting and am addicted! […] at Cluck Cluck Sew posted just last week about quilting large quilts. HI, loved the hand quilting video. It is done by hand, in squares, folded and the fabrics inserted into these ´folds´’brings such sparkle to the white background. WOW! Great info ! However, if you continue reading, you'll find all of the links I reference in the video. Writing this tutorial loomed large in my head, because there's so much to say! Try only double knotting. . 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). Once you feel confident with that, add a third and then a fourth. A fleece backing sounds heavenly today…what a great idea! Big stitch quilting, sometimes referred to as Utility Quilting, is a method of hand quilting that uses longer stitch lengths (1/4”) and thicker threads – most commonly #8 perle cotton. 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,,,, 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,, Quilt Tying Tutorial: How to Tie a Quilt with Yarn or Embroidery Thread - Suzy Quilts, Quilt Tying Tutorial: How to Tie a Quilt with Yarn or Embroidery Thread, How to Sew a Quilted Coat: Tips and Tools. Your email address will not be published. It’s a first for me and it will truly be a unique quilt with all the blunders and mismatched stitches. Suzy, where is the quilt pattern for the one in your tutorial? ;). what would you do? 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. Wool batting really shows off your stitches because of its puffiness and the bamboo batting is light with an amaaazing drape. Quick question: Is using a single strand of thread (vs. doubling it up) a personal preference for hand quilting or is single vs. double better? You are so generous with your time! There’s a variety of techniques for covering the seams on the back. When I started quilting on my own I jokingly remarked that I was the Present of the American Association of Quilt Wrestlers! ), except for […], […] Harris has some wonderful tips for quilting a large quilt. Your site, blog and FB page are all informative and more importantly they are very inspirational. I think this is one of those things that will feel awkward until you figure out what works for you. When it comes to hand quilting, there are two things you should consider, the thread and the needle. This could be answered two different ways. We do need to take care of our bodies since we are only given just the one. I love the chunkiness of the stitches – and the style really seems to demand the kind of slight irregularities and wonkiness I love so much. Great question! Hi Suzy, I did two knots successfully! Thanks in advance x. If you're really scared make up a small quilt sandwich and have a practice on some fugly fabric. Grab a basted quilt and stick a threaded needle in it. Thanks! Bless you and your baby. I am going to invest in a multi color pack of pearl cotton for my next project. I’m already looking for my next project to start. I hope you found this video and tutorial on how to hand quilt helpful and informative! I started off totally wrong (about half an hour’s work) but am going to pull out the thread and start over. Great question! 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