The preparation for hand stitched quilting takes time but is rewarding. I use the method ‘Quilt As You Go’ to quilt my designs. I work with small blocks then, when the quilting is complete, I join the blocks together. This method of hand quilting can be very cathartic.
Traditional English hand quilting designs make links to the County where the quilt is being made. I often look at the design I have created and the fabric used to get my inspiration to quilt.
- Finished block (which you have previously completed)
- Backing fabric
- Tacking thread – use light coloured thread for light fabrics and dark threads for darker background fabric.
- Needles (I use John James No.10 for quilting and John James No7 embroidery for tacking)
- Quilting thread
Getting started – creating a quilt sandwich
Pin each corner – don’t over pin layers as it can create wrinkles.
Remove pins and your block is ready to start quilting. See Part 2 for tips on hand quilting.