What Are Quilting Stitches and Where Do They Go?

At last!!  The actual quilting!!  I’m SO excited, you guys.  This is one of the funnest parts, but for so many people, it’s completely unfamiliar.  If you think about it, by the time you drive a car, you’ve logged thousands of hours watching someone else drive a car, so you have lots of baseline, background knowledge about how it works, where your hands go, how fast to work, that kind of thing.  In quilting, we’re all kind of out on our own!  Hopefully the video below will help to answer some of your basic questions.

We’re covering straight line quilting, free-motion quilting, and hand quilting today (and then we’ll delve deeper into the first two later this week).  Any or all three might work for your quilt–you can use one in quilting one block, and another in quilting another block, absolutely.  When you stop and start at the edge of a quilt, begin your quilting stitches in that one inch of overhang that’s off the quilt top–that’s why you have it, as margin.  When you stop and start inside the quilt top, take two or three stitches in place to “tie” a knot before beginning your stitches, and be sure to trim the thread ends later.

This step is NOT a one-day deal.  I suggest taking your time to plan out the quilting first, then breaking it into stages.  But don’t wait too long!  Quilts that get delayed drastically reduce their odds of ever being finished, so while I get that this weekend might not be the one for you, I encourage you not to go too far past July to do the quilting!