Some Hand Quilting

Last time I posted about basting this quilt.

I put the quilt in the hoop and listened to what it had to say (quilts talk if you listen).   It said it wants simple quilting.    I am using #12 black perle cotton thread and a size 5 embroidery needle.  All straight lines….or straightish because I am not doing any marking or even trying to be perfect.

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The spacing between the lines is somewhat random…whatever feels right.

Here are some more pictures (click picture to enlarge)

Here are a few pictures from the basic floral design class I teach

Happy Quilting


15 thoughts on “Some Hand Quilting

  1. Lorij says:

    I Like It. Some things are better just simple. The easy quilting enhances all of the beautiful colors. Good job!

      • Lorij says:

        Some time ago you said that using sheets as backing may not be a good idea because they are so tightly woven. I had just started quilting a new quilt and am using a sheet for the back. I’ve learned that if the sheet is laundered several times that softens it quite a bit and it makes a wonderful backing. It is very seldom I do a solid back because most of the time my backs are as pretty as the top. This back will look like a whole cloth with big stitches when completed. What has been done so far is nice. I’m not half as fast as you are☺.
        I’ll send pictures when It’s finish. Lorij

      • timquilts says:

        I still highly discourage using sheets as quilt backings ….but if it works for you then it is fine….

  2. Lorij says:

    What does the other side look like?

  3. katechiconi says:

    I agree, the quilt’s opinion should always be taken into account when considering the design for quilting. Of course, sometimes the dratted thing wants a load more work than I want to put in!

  4. Kathleen Campbell says:

    This quilt is cute.
    re: line width – I use my thumb or index finger to measure. This way it has some continuity.

  5. Patty Gal says:

    Like your quilting plan Tim. It suits the top perfectly.

  6. I’m wondering if you pre-wash your fabric. This has not occurred to me and I have not had any mishaps with my quilts though I do use very good fabric ( including a red and white valentune quilt I made) and color catcher when I wash the quilt after binding.. But I do see quilters who say they pre-wash, then starch and iron their fabric before cutting,.

    • timquilts says:

      I prewash everything. washed fabric is a million times easier to hand quilt. It aslo makes sure that any shrinkage is done before the quilt is made. different fabrics shrink at different rates and I rarely use just one line in a quilt. I dont like to starch because that makes the hand quilting more difficult.

  7. Deb says:

    Lovely flower arrangements! The quilting definitely fits the quilt. Looks great!!


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