Follow these basic beginning steps of hand quilting, such as how to thread and knot your needle, and how to tie, hide and secure the end knot. These simple yet important concepts will improve your handmade baby quilt and all your quilting projects.
Handmade & Homemade baby crib quilts and quilt binding:
This is a simple and tidy way to tie a small knot used for hand quilting. You want your knot to be small so that it easily pops through the top and middle layers and is hidden between these layers and no longer visible.
Hand quilting starts by tying a knot at the end of the thread, leaving a tail about 1/4 inch long.
Insert the needle into the top fabric and the batting, about 1/2″ away from where you want to start stitching.
Do not go through to the back.
Pull the needle up through the top where you want your first stitch to begin.
Pull thread through gently but firmly until you see, feel, or hear the knot pop through the top and into the batting.
Rock your needle back and forth gently making your stitches as small and as even as possible.
This is shown in the video with the right hand.
The left hand is under the quilt, palm up. The fingers on that hand push up against the quilt.
The bottom of the hoop rests on the ribcage and the left edge of the hoop sits in the crook of the left arm.
The left hand is not grasping the hoop. It is underneath to help with the stitching.
Tie a strong knot to secure thread in the needle, doubling if desired. Learn to secure a knot and tie off thread to hand sew stitches from a fashion designer in this free sewing video.
How to make a baby crib quilt and get expert tips and advice on making a handmade quilt in this free instructional video, including fabric selection, design, quilt binding and backing.
This demonstration video shows perfectly how to tie off your thread or come to the end of the space where you are hand quilting.