Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks?
It's confession time. I have hand quilted a baby quilt and a cushion cover before...BUT and it's a BIG but, I used a hotch potch of running and stab stitches! The front of the quilt looks OK, but the backs are awful. It is time to 'bite the bullet' and learn the hand quilting stitch properly. I have a 16 inch square of off white silk, so thought a small project would get me going. I have used a Sandie Lush Durham design. The silk is nice and thin, so it was easy to trace the pattern onto the material. I tried to use a hoop when I quilted the baby quilt, but the weight of the quilt in the hoop was really unpleasant, so I ended up quilting it hoopless. I am finding the hoop OK for this small, light project, but think I might prefer to work on a frame for larger projects. I don't want to invest in a frame until I know I can do the quilting stitch!
I started yesterday and put in about two and a half hours. I am trying to learn to use the rocking motion. I started off flicking the needle into my face several times, (luckily I wear glasses) but am now getting more control. I want to learn to quilt in all directions, so have also been practicing stitching away from myself with my thumb...so if I buy a frame, it will be easier. I am pleased with my progress so far. The back of the project looks much better than previous projects.
I'm going to try to practice at least an hour a day. I love the look of hand quilting, and I have a couple of reproduction look quilt projects on the go. I hope I will be proficient enough to make a decent job of hand quilting them by the time they are ready.
I'm also busy making teddies for Hugglets, in London, in September....no idle hands here!