Hand quilting! Probably the best way to personalise your bags and pouches (... and quilts obviously).
But where do you get started... you might ask.
Well the answer is easy - on a small project!!!
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Let's dive in. Shall we...?
You will need a couple things. But not too much, so please bear with me.
What you'll need
In fact, it's only four things and you might have them already at home. So let's get started.
- thimble: get a comfy thimble that you can wear and almost forget about (your needle might get a little stuck sometimes and the thimble will help to push it right through your fabric)
- sharp needles: if you're like me and already having a value pack of a gazillion needle at home - please invest in a couple good ones! You want them to go through your fabric like butter and make it as easy as possible for your fingers and wrist
- thread: I am always, always, always using Aurifil 12wt for quilting by hand. The texture is amazing and I will never switch back to any other thread weight (if you like to find out more about thread weight - this blog post is for you)
- and finally... a needle threader: again, if your eyes (not you, my friend!!!) are getting older or you like to quilt while watching telly with lesser light - a needle threader is an absolute life saver. Only a couple quid but ohhh so worth it
And that's it material-wise.
Hand Quilting Technique
Again. Very simple. And as soon as you've learned the basics, you will find how easy yet therapeutic quilting by hand can be.
Pro tip: start on a small project.
Don't get me wrong. Quilting a full blown quilt by hand is fun and actually doesn't take as long as you might think. But quilting a small little project like this, is easily done in an hour or so.
And this is what you'll have to learn:
- how to tie a quilters knot
- how to bury your knot (which in fact you don't really need as you can basically ignore the wrong/ left side of your panel)
- and finally... how to quilt
Are you ready? Just hit play!
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And this is what you can make out of your beautiful hand quilted panels. Little kinchakus!!
It's a quick sewing pattern, aimed at confident beginners and a great way to practise your hand quilting skills.
Hope this was helpful and you start quilting more of your projects by hand!
Take care + happy Hand Quilting
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