hand quilting tips

Handmade baby quilts are made with love, care, and attention to detail. These quilting tips will enhance your quilting process and the joy your get from creating these unique one-of-a-kind keepsakes.

Pre-wash and machine dry all fabrics before sewing your handmade baby crib quilt and binding

Use Woolite to wash handmade baby crib quilts.

Do not use fabric softener; it decreases absorbency of handmade baby quilts

Handmade baby crib quilts should be sized so that the quilt backing does not have to be pieced (no larger than 35 x 45″)

Consider the time available and amount of use the baby quilt will receive before you choose the type of quilt binding you plan to make.

Never use embellishments, such as ribbons, buttons, string, etc. on handmade baby crib quilts. These are choking hazards.

Use a hard surface to iron your blocks instead of a regular ironing board pad. Start with a piece of plywood cut to desired size.

Use a staple gun to attach a layer of cotton batting topped with a layer of material. Your seams will be a lot crisper and flatter for your handmade baby quilt.

You can make an instant surface with a couple of yards of fabric folded and then iron on freezer paper.

However much time you think it will take to make your handmade baby quilt…double it. Remember hand sewing of the quilt binding takes time too.

Divide your stash by color. It is much easier to find that color you are looking for later on when you go begin a new baby quilt.

Sometimes you are creating blocks with a lot of bias and they are a bit out of shape. Cut freezer paper in the measurement of the unfinished block and use a Sharpie to put a little color on the edges. The color makes it easy to see the outline of the freezer paper if your board cover is light. Iron the shiny side down on your ironing board. Pin your out-of-shape block to the ironing board using the freezer paper as a guide. Use your steam setting to “block” the quilt block back into shape.

Use a natural wool pin cushion so that the pins resist rusting, especially in humid conditions.

Tape the cap from a ball point pen to the side of your sewing machine. Use it to store your seam ripper (not that you will ever need it!!)

When piecing blocks, nestle the seams into each other for perfect intersections. If the seam was ironed in the “wrong” direction, then flip it so it can nestle into the other seam.

Use a pipe cleaner around the tiny place in your bobbin case. Be sure to fold the pipe cleaner at least one inch so that the metal center doesn’t do any damage.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Hand-quilt with your friends.

Don’t hand-quilt when you are tired.

Refer to these quilting tops from time to time to refresh your memory.

Have Fun!