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Hand Quilting Basics

Hand quilting results in dashed lines of stitches and a quilt with a soft look. Methods of hand quilting vary as much as quilters do. Adapt the techniques that follow to suit your style. 

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Starting Hand-Quilting Stitches

Stitch with an 18" length of hand-quilting thread in your needle. You’ll begin and end your stitching by burying the thread tail between the layers of the quilt; this prevents knots from showing on the front or back of the quilt.

Securing Thread to Begin
1. With your needle threaded, hold the thread tail over the needle, extending it about 1⁄2" above.

2. Holding the thread tail against the needle with one hand, use your other hand to wrap the thread around the needle clockwise two or three times.

3. Pinching the thread tail and wraps with your thumb and forefinger, grasp the needle near the point and gently pull it through the thread wraps.

4. Continue pinching the thread wraps until the thread is pulled completely through and forms a small, firm knot near the end of the thread tail. This is called a quilter’s knot.

5. Insert the needle into the quilt through the quilt top and batting, but not into the backing, a few inches from where you want to quilt. Bring the needle back to the surface in position to make the first stitch.

6. Tug gently on the thread to pop the knot through the quilt top and embed it in the batting.

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