I want to teach myself how to hand quilt. Figured small quilts would be the easiest format and have done one. But it was poke and pull. I watched someone years ago and she put the needle thru several times before pulling it all the way thru. Any suggestions on learning this technique?
Go to the groups section and check out the Hand Quilting and Hand Piecing group. You may find some good tips. Also try youtube. There are several videos on hand quilting. Good luck and have fun.
I hand quilt a lot, I found the needles that work best are BIG EYE - Quilting - JJ125
John James Size 10. They are stronger needles and don't bend like the ones from wal-mart the sewing store I go to has them, but I have heard from other people that they have found them places like Joann's store. I have also heard good things about Roxanne needles I have never tried these but like I said other people have said really good things about these also. I would do a small quilt first that way you can practice on making your stitches smaller. I have still have a hard time with that since I have only been doing it for less then a year know. I also buy stencils now to put on my quilts or use my quilting book that has them, you can also make your own if you find a pattern you like online. I can't do this know but I have been planing on doing it if I can find a good burner. I will say the quilt pounce (http://www.fulllinestencil.com/prod01.htm) is good and washes out. I would careful when marking your quilt, I know that when I have used blue ink that it didn't all wash out. I use chalk pencils right know that seem to do better. Hope this helps.
thanks for the tips. will look for the needles. i haven't been able to figure out how to go to groups at this site, but i will try utube.
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Nana; don't you find it very hard to do sewing by hand. I just can't get into it.
sheri, i taught myself to quilt. it doesn't take long to get the hang of rocking the needle to get all the stitches on the needle. make sure you have good needles and you're all set.
gini in north idaho
I enjoy hand quilting but I do it in my lap. I just can't get used to using a hoop. It takes practice to get good stitches.
Sometimes, I have hard time with my hands swelling up if I do it a long time but I have gotten better as the time goes on. But, I have to stop from time to time so they don't get to sore.
When I first started quilting I didn't like doing any type of handwork. Now I love it and have hand quilted a wallhanging and a queen size quilt. I have also gotten into doing hand applique. Never thought I would do either of these when I first started into the wonderful world of quilting.
I haven't been able to get the hang of using a hoop or a frame either. I do my hand quilting with the quilt in my lap.