This series is for all the people who have commented and/or sent emails through the years asking for a tutorial about hand quilting 'the Quilty Folk way'. In spite of all the general misgivings this has generated, I'm also sort of relieved to get this going. After reading through parts #1-4 and perhaps watching my extremely nonexpert videos, many people will begin to understand why this has always been a very bad idea, indeed. Hey, you get what you ask for. I'm just throwing all my hand quilting quirks out into the wind here and hoping it will help a few quilters along the way.
The first part pertains to what is necessary in getting started. A whole lot of gumption, let me tell you! There is absolutely a learning curve to hand quilting with perle cotton, not going to ignore or downplay that in any way. All totally worthwhile if you have a sincere love for the look though! Very cozy looking, how can you not love that? Obviously there are some other things needed too so let's get to that....
|Tools of the trade|
- 17" x 17" Square Plastic Quilting Frame. I use the 'Q-Snap' brand.
- Thread Snips
- Sturdy Leather Thimble. I prefer 'Elaine's' Leather Thimbles
- Sturdy Needle with large eye. I use 'Fon's & Porter's' Utility Quilting Needles
- Perle Cotton Thread--Any brand, #8 or #12
- Quilt, sandwiched and loosely pinned
- *Blue Wash Out Marking Pen. I mostly use Dritz
- **White and Silver colored pencils for marking. I prefer Verithin
|A potential placement for the 1st hoop|
|Checking out the stitching on the back of the quilt.|