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Hand Stitch Basics for Quilting Beginners

In the past, most quilts were sewn by hand using a needle, thread, and simple stitches. These sewing basics were handed down from generation to generation:

Hand Quilting Tutorial For Beginners

Hand Quilting Stitches

  • Quilter’s knot

To make this knot, wrap your thread three times around your threaded needle and pull the wrapped thread down to the fabric to start and stop your stitching.

  • Running stitch

This stitch starts on the fabric front and pulls the thread to the back. Repeat over and over to create a line. Some quilters use a thimble to protect their fingers while pushing on the needle.

  • Tunneling stitch

Hold the needle almost parallel to the fabric for this technique. It helps to keep the stitches even.

  • Rocking stitch

This stitch is made by using the needle in a rocking manner to get a smooth line.

Any of these techniques is best learned while watching an expert. Whether you take lessons or find an online demonstration, practice produces the best results.

On this web page, I found a very blog post describing the stitches:

Your first Hand Quilting Project:

An ideal first project is a small 12-inch square. You will need a size 10 needle, all cotton 28 weight thread and your favorite coordinating fabrics.

Follow these steps to hand quilt:

  • Cut a length of thread about 18 inches long.
  • Tie a small knot at the end of the thread, and thread your needle.
  • Find the spot where you want to start sewing your fabrics together.
  • Push your threaded needle into the fabrics from behind and pull the needle toward you.
  • Make sure the entire thread comes through to the front and the knot pulls into the fabric behind.
  • Hold one hand over the front of the fabric and the other over the back.
  • Make stitches that are tiny, with about 6 per inch.
  • Practice keeping the thread tension even.

Once you can stitch a small square evenly, then you can experiment with cutting geometric fabric pieces to create any number of traditional quilting designs.

You can also sew random pieces of fabric together to make beautiful contemporary patterns.

Learning How To Hand Quilt

The choices are endless. The beauty of quilting this way is that you don’t need an expensive machine and your project is portable. It is a very inexpensive way to get started with this traditional hobby.

When deciding to begin quilting, there are many choices to make. Are you going to utilize a pattern and piece together your quilt or are you just going to make it a whole cloth quilt? Do you want to hand stitch or would you prefer to machine stitch?

If you have decided to stitch your quilting project by hand, there are several techniques you can explore to find what best fits your personality and what you’re most comfortable with.

For instance, depending how adept you are at sewing, you may want to consider your first project being a simple Running Stitch, which is a simple straight line and can help you become more comfortable with a thread and needle. When you feel more comfortable, you may later decide to try your hand at a more elaborate stitch, such as Embroidery.

The options are limitless when you quilt.

Beginner Hand Quilting Pros and Cons

With your decision to begin Hand Stitch Quilting, you must take into consideration there are several pros and cons to this method. For example, some positive aspects are, hand stitching allows you to take your project almost anywhere, it’s a far more traditional method of quilting and it can be done by more than one person at time, so it’s a great group activity to start with your prayer group or as a family project as a gift for Grandma.

But, there are some setbacks to it as well, it is far more time consuming than machine stitching, much harder on your hands and fingers and it requires a much higher comfort level with a thread and needle.

But, regardless of the choice you make, Quilting is a creative, relaxing way, to pass the time and gives you something to cherish for years to come.

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Basic Quilting Supplies and Tools

Quilting can be a fun way to spend your free time and release your creativity to soar as you come up with new designs and styles.

Some of the basic quilting supplies and quilting tools that will come in handy as you work will include;

Sewing machine – You may opt to hand sew your quilts, but if you don’t, you will need a sewing machine. The machine shouldn’t be expensive, but should enable you sew 1/4″ seam allowance easily to match the quilting standards.

Scissors – You may buy two pairs of scissors, one for fabric and the other to be used in cutting crafting materials, plastic and paper in your quilting work.

Rotary cutter – This tool helps you in improving your cutting accuracy because it works like a pizza cutter, and can cut through several layers of fabric with its razor sharp blades.

Ruler – A transparent ruler is mainly used for foundation or paper piecing. It has a specially designed lip that automatically adds a ¼” seam allowance and provides a straight edge when using the rotary cutter.

Rotary cutting mats – These quilting tools are made from a material that allows the cutter blade to remain sharp. The mats help to protect the surface that you are working on as you cut your fabrics or papers.

Iron and ironing board – If you do not already own one, consider getting an ironing board that is specifically made for quilting, which allows you to combine the heat and weight to press your quilting components.

Design wall – Do not let this term scare you into thinking it is an expensive tool. It can simply be a white flannel or two that allows you to tack your quilting blocks, take a step back and view the work either in totality when complete or as single independent pieces.

Find more information about quilting tools here, and here you can find more about basic quilting tools.

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Cutting Fabric for Quilts

Cutting Fabric for Quilts

Olfa 45mm Splash Rotary Cutter

A common problem for many new quilters, is how to cut fabric for quilting.

If you are not familiar with the process, than it can prove to be very challenging, and frustrating to learn on your own.

This guide will teach the ins and outs of cutting quilting fabric.

Usa a rotary cutter for quilting

In order to accurately cut the fabric you will need a rotary fabric cutter for quilting, a self-healing cutting board, a square ruler, a quilting ruler, and a pair of scissors. Once you have these items you are ready to start following these steps provided to making your very own quilt.

The first step you want to do is actually pre-wash the material. This step is often left out, but by washing the fabric first, it won’t shrink or bleed its colors later on in your finished product. The iron the fabrics.

The next step is to place the fabric on the cutting board and make sure it is correctly lined up and straight. After this, you will take your second ruler and place it where you would like to make your cuts.

A helpful tip is to make sure that the ruler is even, so that you have a straight line cut in the fabric.

Once you have the ruler set in place, take the rotary cutter and cut the fabric along the ruler.

For best results you should cut while standing to increase the angle between you and the fabric, allowing an easier cut.

Rotary Cutters     Rulers    Quilting Tools

Straight Cuts

Cutting the fabric is a very easy task once you learn how to do it the first time. The biggest thing is to make sure that your cuts are straight and that you are using a ruler with measurements so you can be sure that the fabric is the size that you intend it to be.


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Some Tips For Quilt Beginners

quilt beginners The beauty of the craft quilting is that you can use old scraps and create a beautiful, totally original piece of work – or you can go to the store and buy fabrics and choose the exact match colors and still create your own unique quilt! You will be an artist!

Some Quilting Tips and Tricks

Not all fabrics are suitable for patchwork. Loosely woven fabrics might be too weak to use together with for example cotton. Cotton is the most common fabric to use and perfect if you are a quilt beginner; it is very easy to work with!

Make quilting pattern

A Good advice is to plan your quilt very well before the start; that is – make pattern. Choose colors that fits together, and sort them into tones; light, medium and dark; it will help create a depth to the quilt. Textured fabric is also great to use – they creates different effects that can look great!

Pre-wash all fabrics before starting a quilt otherwise since fabrics are shrinking differently. And since some might loose color while washing – wash them separately! Also iron the fabrics very well before using them to quilting.

Find more Quilting tips and tricks here

Basics of Quilt for Beginners:

  • Originally the quilts were sewn by hand with a needle; something that can look a little bit too time consuming for today’s quilter. Most quilter today might prefer machine quilting.
  • A quilt is usually made of three layers. The top piece is the layer that is decorated, the middle piece is a layer of batting and the third piece is the backing. These three layers are held together with lines of stitching worked in for example grids or elaborate patterns.
  • With traditional quilting you follow the outline of the block’s design; that means you would stitch 1/4 inch from each seam line on your patch. With other words; you make your stitches just outside the pressed seam allowances.
  • Stitching in the ditch is another quilting process and means that you stitch right into the seam. These stitches are almost invisible as the fabric puffs up around them.
  • The overall design quilting ignores the block’s pattern and uses an overall design such as grids of squares, diamonds or clamshells. More quilting tips and tricks you can find here. If you are a quilt beginner you might find more useful information on this page.

Here is a tutorial on: Stitch in the ditch – Machine quilting

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