How to Get Started Hand Quilting, by the Maker Concierge

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

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.

Eye Candy


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.


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