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Monday, January 27, 2014

Learning to Hand Quilt: Where to Start

Currently at the Celebrate Hand Quilting facebook page we are seeing a surge of new hand quilters.. are you new to hand quilting and anxious and ready to learn???

Then this article is for you... how to get started on your journey to successful stitches!

The easiest way to learn is to find a "quilting mentor"... someone younger or older that knows how to do it that you can meet with and pay or barter to teach you the basics... this is what I did :)  My quilting mentor and I are now best friends and trade secrets on a regular basis.  However, I sought her out initially for her skill and ability to teach... I chose her :)  You should think about someone who teaches in a style you can learn from easily, as quilting is fun but also complex... like an onion... your first quilt will be fun and simple and easy probably... but as you learn more about the different aspects of quilting... it is an in-depth art form, for sure :)

So if you don't have someone in your life/vicinity/LQS (local quilt shop) that can teach you to quilt personally, what do you do???  GOOGLE and FACEBOOK :)  With today's technology, we gather from all over the world to share what we know... people post tons of helpful things online!

Have you found the Celebrate Hand Quilting Facebook page yet?? I hope you came from there, but if you didn't, ask for admittance here... Caron Mosey is the site administrator and does a fabulous job.  It is a busy board with lots and lots of eye candy, along with handy tips and tricks for hand quilting... it is limited to hand quilting pics only of work you have done or seen yourself at a quilt show for example.  Totally awesome :)

look who comes up!
Google or other search engine is your friend... I prefer Google for my surfing questions... but use what you like :)  But search out questions.. people really do post a lot of information, and tag your blog posts if you write them so people can find your info... VERY IMPORTANT!

Youtube has a plethora of videos of all learning styles... this is how I prefer to learn about new ideas or questions I have that aren't answered to my satisfaction on Facebook.  When I want to learn more I go there... BUT... huge BUT... watch SEVERAL videos by different people on a subject before you run off and try it. I have learned with quilting there are many ways to do things... for the same result. Some work better than others depending on your sewing style, so watching a few before you start into motion is my advice with Youtube. Anyone can put a video up; Make sure it is right before you fail because you didn't know the whole story or another way.

CRAFTSY.com is another helpful online  site.  You must pay for most of their courses, but they are fun and interactive. You can ask questions online via computer and watch the videos at your own pace. They currently offer a few FREE courses, and one I know includes basics on hand quilting your finished top, called... Piece, Patch, Quilt. This is an excellent FREE video class to see if you like it.
Craftsy runs sales every so often.  When you "purchase" a free video class, you must go through setting up an account, but it is all free and they won't ask for financial information, just so you know.  There is an EXCELLENT hand quilting class by Andi Perejda that is WELL WORTH the price for all you learn.
I watch it once a year or so, as I quilt and learn something new ever time!

Okay... lots of info; now what?  Run with it! decide where you are in the project, and move forward.  Start with the free Craftsy class and join the Celebrate Hand Quilting site to see if it is for you.  No investment of money made for a hobby that just isn't for you.

I hope this article has provided useful to those new to hand quilting, or maybe who didn't know of all the avenues to learning new techniques that are out there. I am not affiliated with any way with Craftsy, Youtube, or Google...  just sharing what has worked for me since I decided quilting might be fun to do!

Have a wonderful week!

And if you have more questions feel free to leave them here.. I check it frequently and will answer you here ;)  You are also welcome to email me here or my email is in the box below as well!

Happy Stitching!


10 comments:

  1. Very informative post with good suggestions for those considering hand quilting.

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    1. Thanks Jill :) I hope newby quilters feel the same when they read this! Kathi

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  2. Excellent advice, Kathi! Good luck to all the newbies!

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    1. thanks Kathy... I hope it helps those newer to quilting as well :) Kathi

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  3. Thanks for all the info... I need to do some searching.

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    1. Enjoy the journey Jacqueline as you uncover YOUR hidden quilter:) Kathi

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  4. Thanks Kathy! I need to learn a lot about that!

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    1. Silvana I hope this proves to be a good jumping off spot... just ask if you have any questions along the way... we are all here to help :) Kathi

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  5. From one of the newbie's thank you for this site and all the information! I've taken a beginner hand quilting class a couple of years back but it just didn't really stick with me. Then I took the Basic Baltimore and Hop To It class teaching two different styles of applique by hand and I love this. I hope that some of the teachings in this will cross over to other hand quilting later down the road. I've also used You Tube a lot and I think I have now about 30 video's stored and I also have been signing up for classes on Craftsy as well. I think I will stick with the hand quilting over the machine quilting I find it much calmer.

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  6. This has been so helpful! It encourages me. I appreciate y'all taking the time to share. Personally, my grandmother was a hand quilter and that's really what I want to be! I've not had the nerve to ask someone to mentor me, but I do think it's wise as I'm more of a hands on learner. I've signed up for a couple free Craftsy classes. Wealth of knowledge and convenient as one can view the lessons any time over and over again. I inherited several UFOs from my grandmother who passed in 2007 and have five or so finished tops. I pieced several myself and received one from my cousin as a gift and my youngest daughter made one. They are all waiting for quilting. I can't seem to work up my never to put a needle to them. It's intimidating me. Is this normal? Should I start by practicing on scrap? Appreciate and help.

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