A new skill?

So I decided to try hand quilting. I really need some handwork to do when I’m away from my machine and thought hand quilting would be great. What the heck. I can sew a running stitch, right? Not so easy as it looks. I fumbled and fumed and threw away my first attempt. Here’s what I just finished. Not to bad from a birds eye view, but don’t get too close.

Now I know I can fill all those blank spaces with some curves that I was afraid to quilt on the machine. I had a terrible time getting my first stitch to be the same size as the rest of the stitches on the needle. I tried everything but that first stitch is tough for me. I tried in the hoop and out of the hoop, I tried different needles and putting the thimble on different fingers. Nothing worked. So I guess it’s practice, practice, practice for me.

Any suggestions for a newby hand quilter?

Pardon the picture quality. I took them with my iPhone. I also sent this post from my email account. But I had to edit the post to get the pictures to not be at the top of the post. I still can’t figure out how to avoid having to move the pictures everytime I post.


  1. The hand quilting looks lovely. My first attempts at handquilting turned out much like yours. so keep practicing and soon it will be as easy as abc’s.


  2. Looks good from here. All I can add is practice, find a position that suits you, a good thimble and lots of needles. Take care.


  3. You did very well. I had problems with hand quilting at first because I was so used to having things tight in a frame when cross stitching……….. so I did the same with a quilt. Then I learned it had to be loose so that the needle would rock.Amazing how something so obvious is so elusive.Hugs!!Nancy


  4. I still haven’t tried hand quilting myself so I have no tips.. I just wanted to comment how beautiful your work looks to me:) Great job!


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