I have several projects going right now, in my small hoop I am hand quilting a sampler quilt. I have 20 Farmers Wife’s blocks that I made. I didn’t want to make anymore as I tired with the blocks for some reason and I’m not interested in making this quilt any larger! I use a 14 inch hoop or my large 3 roller floor frame – as the frame is occupied with a different quilt – the Farmers Wife is in the hoop.
I am using a simple stencil for the white blocks in this quilt and the other blocks will be outline quilted I do believe. I am using a golden brown YLI thread for the quilting. As you can see I do not take tiny, tiny stitches as some of you do. I am not concerned with trying for 10, 12 or even more stitches to the inch. I rarely ever count my stitches – when I do I know that I have a consistent 8 to 10 stitches per inch and that satisfies me. I do not enter my quilts into show – I make them for me and for my enjoyment – a release of my creative spirit!
On the floor while I was pin basting it.
If you are new to hand quilting I urge you not to be concerned about how many stitches per inch you can do but to be aware of being consistent – whether that is 6 stitches per inch or more – consistency is what makes it look good. And most of all enjoy what you are doing or it isn’t worth the time you put into it.