Quilting by Hand

QUILTING BY HAND Tutorial

For hand quilting, you will need the following supplies:

  • Short needles called quilting needles or Bet\Veens, in size 9 or 10.
  • A thimble to push the needle through the layers of the quilt. It’s in1portant to pick one that is comfortable and fits well.
  • 100% cotton quilting thread. For strength and durabil­ ity, choose a thread that is made specifically for hand quilting.
  • A fra1ne or hoop to keep the quilt taut as you sew. A comfortable, well-lit place to sit \vhile you quilt.

Steps for Hand Quilting

There are many different methods of hand quilting, but the stitch itself is a basic running stitch. The running stitch consists of a series of straight stitches, with the stitch length equal to the space between the stitches. After practicing for a while, each quilter seems to develop a personal style or technique for making the running stitch. Here are the instructions for the most common method of quilting by hand:

  1. Starting at the center of the qujlt top, insert the quilt into the hoop, pulling the quilt so that there is slight tension on the layers. Don’t pull the fabric
  2. Thread the needle with a length of quilting thread about·16″ to 18″ long. Knot one end of the
  3. Insert the needle through the quilt top and the batting (not the backing!) about Y:;’ 1 where you want to start quilting. Pull on the needle until the knot catches against the top fabric. Gently tug on the thread to pop the knot through the quilt top and bury it in the batting.
  4. Hold the needle between the thumb and forefinger of your sevving hand. Place your other hand under the quilt at the spot where you plan to start. With the needle angled sligbtly away from you, push the needle down through the As soon as you feel the tip of the needle underneath the quilt, use one finger of the bottom hand to direct the needle back up through the layers to the top.
  5. Using your thimble to push on the eye end of the nee­ dle, continue rocking the needle up and down through the layers. Take three to six stitches before bringing the needle and thread completely through the layers. Continue to quilt in this nner until you near the end of the thread.

Quilting by Hand Stitch Illustration

  1. To end a line of stitching, bring your needle to the guilt top, close to your last stitch. Make a small knot i11 the Take a tiny backstitch into the quilt top, through the top and the batting only, and then bring it back to the surface. Tug gently on the thread to pop the knot into the batting layer. Clip the thread close to the surface of the fabric.

Quilting by Hand Stitch Illustration

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2015

 

 

Merry Christmas! Hope everyone had a great day full of all things merry!

 

Merry Christmas

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Best Batting Choices

Choosing the Batting

Many wonderful battings are available to quilters today. Best batting choices include choosing a batting for the look you want, the type of quilting you will do, and the way the quilt will be used. Most quilt packaging contains important information such as approximate loft, shrinkage, maxi1num distance between stitching, and recommendations about using the product for hand or machine quilting as well as for light or dark fabric. Be sure to read the package carefully when choosing a batting product. Just like the backing, batting should be 4″ larger than the quilt top on all sides if you’re planning to quilt by hand or with a home sewing machine, but 6″ larger if you’re planning to quilt with a long-arm machine. The following chart lists several batting types and their general uses.

Whichever type of batting you choose, be sure to take it out of the package, unroll it, and let it relax for a few days before you use it. You can also remove the batting from the package and place it in the dryer on the air cycle for 15 minutes to achieve the same effect.

Synthetic and Natural Fiber Batting Chart

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A Year of Quilting

By Mary Covey

What were you doing last year at this time? That was the question that kept running through my mind as I was long arm quilting today. The answer to me was clear – long arm machine quilting. Since that is a huge part of my business, it made me smile.

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Semi Feathers
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But then I began to reflect on all the changes my business has gone through in just a year. The old web page was in severe need of a facelift. I wanted a better way to communicate with you. With the help of some very talented people, the old site was taken away and a new blog (www.marycoveydesigns.com) was launched. The blog provides access to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more.

Custom Quilts by Mary Covey Designs Quilting

 

Because of the many requests from you, I expanded my business to include coaching in starting and growing a cottage industry. It will also include coaching in pattern/book development. I am looking forward to this new journey while continuing my love of long arm quilting for others.

This time of year is filled with lots of busy activities and traditions. It can really be hectic. Take time to slow down for a few moments and look back on your year of quilting. Think about where you were this time last year and how much you have accomplished since then.

I am thankful for everyone who has helped me this year. I am blessed to have support and encouragement everyday from my customers, friends, and family.

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