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hand quilting

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, 07-02-2013 at 02:12 PM (310 Views)
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I am going to try to hand quilt a quilt I just finished. I have some of the blocks just plain white and I would like to hand quilt a design in the center of these plain squares. when I hand quilt the design is it okay of the stitches go through all layers and show up on the backing material? Just where do you suggest I go for some help ? Thank you for any help anyone can give me.
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  1. starshine's Avatar
    hand quilting means all the stitches always go through all layers. That is the point of quilting.
  2. QITogether's Avatar
    Hi djg, I recommend that you try to find a quilting guild in your area. There would most certainly be a seasoned quilter that would be glad to point you in the right direction. Guilds aren't expensive to join and some quilting/fabric stores give you discounts for being a guild member (Joann's being one of them).
  3. sinceresissy's Avatar
    It would be a good idea to have someone show you or look on line. There are lots of tutorials. I use a small plastic frame. I would choose a size nine quilting needle and get quilting thread. It may seem hard at first but with practice it gets easier. Work from the middle out to the edges to help keep those dreadful little tucks from happening. There are several different ways to hold the needle and all that but for now just start sewing and definitely go thru all layers. Sometimes the back turns out prettier than the front.
  4. sinceresissy's Avatar
    It would be a good idea to have someone show you or look on line. There are lots of tutorials. I use a small plastic frame. I would choose a size nine quilting needle and get quilting thread. It may seem hard at first but with practice it gets easier. Work from the middle out to the edges to help keep those dreadful little tucks from happening. There are several different ways to hold the needle and all that but for now just start sewing and definitely go thru all layers. Sometimes the back turns out prettier than the front.
  5. June K's Avatar
    If you quilt in the plain squares, there are quilting stencils available in many designs and sizes. When drawing the design onto the fabric always use a wash out or special quilting pencil. Never use a regular pencil - the marks will stay forever! May be someone in a quilt group or shop can steer you in the right direction.

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