Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16

Thread: how do you hand quilt?

  1. #1
    Senior Member quiltlady1941's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Illinios
    Posts
    384
    Is the stitch that is done on hand quilting just a running stitch? and you try to keep then all the same size or is it another kind of stitch. Thank you

  2. #2
    Super Member Jennifer22206's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    state of confusion
    Posts
    4,777
    Blog Entries
    4
    yep, it's a simple running stitch. You should try to keep the stitches small, but that takes practice.

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    4,345
    More important than tiny and small stitches are eveness. For me 8 even stitches per inch look better than 14 uneven...

    Today quilters mostly use a simple running stitch. But especially on quilts of former centuries a backstitch was very often used.
    A wonderful example of backstitch quilting can bee seen on the Tristan quilt (Victoria & Albert Museum in London) made in the 14th century.

  4. #4
    Super Member pumpkinpatchquilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    NE Ohio
    Posts
    1,235
    I took a hand quilting class years ago and still stink at it. LOL* I do the running stitch you mention, but we were taught to use a "rocking stitch" to start off each stitch or line of stitches and I never did get the hang of it...but of course I don't practice much. The rocking stitch is supposed to help ensure that first stitch goes through all three layers of your quilt sandwich and is just as nice and even as the ones on top. (Mine were never any kind of even though and I can tell you I often only made one or two stitches every couple of inches that actually went ALL the way through all three layers. Needless to say I'm probably NOT the person you'd want to go to for lessons! Lol*)

  5. #5
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    4,345
    Pumpkinpatchquilter,
    I also tried the rocking stitch - but it doesn't work for me either. My stitches are quite uneven when I load several stitches on my needle and I am not satisfied with the result. For that reason I only do single stitches (not stab stitching, I don't pull out the needle on the back).

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    34
    The rocking method does work, but you have to do it a lot to get thehang of it, I work with a long 10 needle and get about 3-4 stitches on at a time , I have to wear a rubber cot t grab the needle or my fingers get major sore. I can't put those 14 on the needle at once, I get by with 7 to 8 per inch. I am not entering any contest with mine, just made with lots of love for people I love.

  7. #7
    Super Member Furza Flyin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,095
    Blog Entries
    1
    I use a running stitch. I also cheet a little, I run my three layers of fabric/batting/fabric through the sewing maching without any thread using a jeans/denim or leather needle. It really helps with the spacing. I only hand stitch lap size or smaller.

  8. #8
    Super Member ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    9,291
    it is a running stitch with the stitches even top and bottom--same size on front and back. some people do a stab stitch, where you make one stitch at a time, others load up their needle with 5-10 stitches at a time. takes some practice getting a rhythm.

  9. #9
    Super Member Butterflyblue's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,438
    I've been learning hand quilting, and today I found a little tutorial that seems to explain it well.

    http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=7627

  10. #10
    Super Member SuziC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    3,712
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue
    I've been learning hand quilting, and today I found a little tutorial that seems to explain it well.

    http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=7627
    Thank you....i like this tutorial and will use it to try hand quilting!!!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.