When i made this top, i had no idea it would be a year before i settled down to quilt it. I shared the making of it with all of u, here is the link http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-25353-1.htm
And then the finished top http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-28259-1.htm
And i showed u all the steps to placing it in my floor frame, ready to hand quilt http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35888-1.htm
and now i thought i would show u all the steps to hand quilting it.
This is my favorite thing to do, settle down at the frame and quilt.
Here are the things i will use, Stencils, marking took, (i use a Fons@Porter mechanical Pencil. It comes with dark and white lead. ) 1/4 in marking tape, Needle puller, needles, and thinble(notice mine is old and used ). and, a small pair of scissors
Also, i will be using white, all cotton quilting thread. I like to thread several needles at a time, and then settle down to sew
The area we will be working in is 15 in, by 3 in.. I want to quilt around it on the inside 1/4 in, so i tape it off with my tape
so i enter needle,about 1/2 in into quilt top, and into batting, but not going through the backing. then u pull it on through, giving it a slight tug, and secure the knot in the batting
this is known as, popping the knot :)
so now we will start quilting. I like to place 4 or 5 stitches on my needle at once
then u pull the needle and thread through. The goal is to get your stitches, and the space inbetween them, the same size. Do not worry about how small they r at first, size will come in time
once u have quilted all the way around the block, remove tape, and see your work. :)
and now we r ready to fill in the middle. This is the stencil i have chosen. You will see that i have centered it in the area. Once i am sure it is centered, I then use my tape to keep it in place
and then we mark it. I used the white lead, on the dark blue
And then u just settle down, quilt, and see the results of your time :):)