The May Try Something New Every Month theme was “hand sewing” and I really struggled to think of something I hadn’t tried before. I decided on hand quilting. I have tons of quilt tops finished, but I also knew that I didn’t have the time to hand quilt a larger quilt so I decided to make a rainbow star mini quilt specifically for this.
I watched this video on hand quilting basics by Wendi Gratz. I seriously love that woman, her videos are always the first place I search when I’m trying to learn a new crafting skill, she explains it all so well. I went out and got a 17″ Q-snap frame and I used Aurifil Cotton Mako 28 weight thread.
It took me a bit to get the hang of it, I was determined to do it the proper way and load multiple stitches onto the needle at the same time. I guess I’ve technically done hand quilting before on the Flower Pow Mug Rug but I basically just did embroidery and I don’t really think it counts. I started out with the fabric stretched too tightly on the frame, but once I got the tension corrected, it went much better. It took a bit to get used to the rhythm of it, but I was really surprised that it wasn’t nearly as time consuming of a process as I expected.
I’m not entirely sure if I’m done or if I want to add more quilting in the solid gray fabric. Once I officially declare it finished I will bind it and hang it on my wall.
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