I’ve been wanting to try out hand quilting for a long time, so I was delighted when the first Maker Concierge request came in from Kelly, in Stamford, CT, about exactly that. Since Kelly and I are surely not the only people in the world who dream of hand quilting, here’s a summary of the report I sent her on how to get started.
Hand Quilting Tutorials and Online Classes
- Photo introduction to hand quilting, including beginner project
- Slightly different introduction
- Thorough introduction with notes on tools, and a slightly different way of making the basic hand-quilting stitch
- In-depth online class by Andi Perejda (this link is for a discounted price; it’s also an affiliate link)
Books & Magazines
- Quiltmaking by Hand: Simple Stitches, Exquisite Quilts, by Jinny Beyer
- That Perfect Stitch: The Secrets of Fine Hand Quilting, by Dierdra A. McElroy
Tips & Notes
- Hand-quilting needles are shorter than regular sewing needles.
- There’s plenty of discussion about which style(s) of thimbles to use – don’t let it stop you from choosing one and trying it out! If it doesn’t work for you, try another kind.
English paper piecing involves sewing small pieces of fabric together by hand; could be a neat thing to hand-quilt. Here’s a Creativebug class on how to do it.
In the Stamford, CT Area
If the drive isn’t too long, the Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild meets in Trumbull.