When I first started hand quilting I read a book on the subject. “Learn to do Hand Quilting in Just One Day….and then practice for the rest of your life” by Nancy Daniel. It is a very informative book but I didn’t change my quilting method to match hers. The part of the book I like best is the subtitle……practice for the rest of your life.
I think that every quilt is different and there is ALWAYS something new to learn and improvements that can be made, and every quilt is practice for the next one.
My current quilt is no exception. The backing fabric is batik. Batik fabric is very tightly woven and is not easy to quilt through. After a few days of working on it I have found what works best for me. On my last quilt
I was quilting through muslin both front and back and I was taking about 5 or 6 stitches before pulling the needle through, on this quilt I find that 2 or 3 stitches at a time is better. Less stitches at a time is allowing me to get more uniformity in size and smaller stitches. I started this quilt using an 18″ hoop
and yesterday I switched to my 22″ floor stand hoop.
I find that it is much easier in the stand because the weight of the quilt is off my arms and I can get more force behind the needle.
I feel like I am getting a rhythm going now and I think the quilting is looking pretty good.
Here are some more pictures (click to enlarge)
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