From time to time I receive questions from quilters about hand quilting. I will post them here, in hopes that our writers and readers will be able to respond and provide help to each other. The email below came in over the past weekend. Can you help?
Just to say how much I enjoy the Hand Quilting blog. It is so interesting!
I like to quilt by gathering running stitches on my needle and kind of scrunching up the sandwich from the left hand edge so that my thumb is on the top but my index finger in underneath and then pushing my needle thro' one, two or three stitches at a time. (Georgia Bonesteel in her book "Lap Quilting Lives" illustrates this as a method she uses.) It is quite tricky to do when you are quilting a large piece and I have been experimenting with quilting smaller blocks and then joining them. (Quilt as you Go).
I would be very interested to find out from other hand quilters if they do QAYG (Quilt as you Go) and exactly how they join blocks. It's fairly easy with cotton batting but the wool which I prefer has a lot more bounce so it's hard to control and it catches in the foot of the sewing machine. So far I have found "joining strips" easier for the wool but I can't work out a satisfactory way to add borders. (Believe me - it doesn't work when you get to the corners!)
I am currently using Aurifil thread. I started using their "mako" for hand applique (wouldn't use anything else now) and now use it for quilting too. It is very well behaved and if you get a little knot it will just pull out.
I do hope the blog continues to flourish. We are all so unique in the way we sew and little tips and tricks from other people can be really helpful.