DWR:: Step 9: Hand Quilting

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Follow along as I make Free Spirit Fabric's Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

DWR:: Hand Quilting

Time to add some additional quilting designs to the double wedding ring quilt. I did an Amish/traditional rose in the middle of my medallions. It requires some paper template pieces and an invisible ink marking pen to get the design right. For the actual quilting, I use a quilting hoop, leather thimble, and gold-end quilting needles with some 100% cotton hand-quilting thread.

I absolutely adore the quilting in Carrie Strine's Double Wedding Ring Quilt, and it might be worth considering quilting two-connected leaves into the melons as a lovely add-on.

  1. Cut hand quilting templates out of card stock.
    1. Cut hand quilting templates out of card stock
  2. Center rose template in medallion, using medallion + crease as a guide
    2. Center rose template in medallion, using medallion + crease as a guide
  3. Trace rose with disappearing marker or dressmaker's pencil, indicating a starting divot.
    3. Trace rose with disappearing marker or dressmaker's pencil, indicating a starting divot.
  4. Quilter's knot the thread.
    You want about a full wingspan of thread to do the entirety of one motif! I try to avoid the number of thread breaks in a motif.
    4. Quilter's knot the thread.
  5. Pull needle from back to top of quilt, tugging on thread so the knot is secure in the batting.
    5. Pull needle from back to top of quilt, tugging on thread so the knot is secure in the batting.
  6. Use a Rocking Stitch to hand-quilt the traced rose pattern.
    6. Use a Rocking Stitch to hand-quilt the traced rose pattern.
  7. Trace the petal template just as before, and hand quilt just as before.
    7. Trace the petal template just as before, and hand quilt just as before.
  8. Hand quilt the traced leaf template.
    9. Hand quilt the traced leaf template
  9. Repeat Steps 8 & 9 for all leaves.
    10. Repeat Steps 8 & 9 for all leaves.
  10. Use a quilter's knot to secure the end of the thread.
    11. Use a quilter's knot to secure the end of the thread.
  11. Repeat quilting motif for all remaining medallions.
    12. Repeat quilting motif for all remaining medallions.

A more complex design can be reverse-printed from the computer, and then transferred with a heat transfer pencil
Completed hand-quilting, from the back

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