Monday, March 5, 2012

spoon quilting...



A dear friend recommended this great book "Utility Quilting" by Carolyn Foster after I expressed interest in learning how to hand quilt using perle cotton and big stitches. It is filled with lots of clever ideas and ways to get your tops quilted quickly and decoratively. Have tried to learn to hand quilt before but the attempt has always ended up as an experiment gone terribly wrong. I usually stab myself badly underneath the quilt and my fingers become very sore. The stitches go beyond being charmingly primitive and into the realm of just looking horrible. The idea of conventionally quilting an entire quilt by hand is completely intimidating.




Am determined to try again with the help of the Quick Quilter. This gadget replaces your hand under the quilt. The needle deflects off the spoon underneath rather than the tender tip of your finger. This is more easily explained in the video below or in an even better one here. Am making up some muslin/batting sandwiches and will post some pictures of my stitches later after a bit of practice. I'll give a more detailed review of this tool then. Any hand quilters out there? Any tips for a hopeless beginner? Any "can't do without" gadgets?


5 comments:

  1. Am hoping the spoon eventually works as well as advertised. It has to overcome a lot of operator error!

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  2. That was a great You Tube video. Thanks for posting. I'm not a hand quilter, but would like to hone the skill some day. The spoon looks like a great way to practice.

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  3. Am not a hand quilter yet either but am determined to become one. I'll let you know if the spoon makes it easier!

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  4. I spoon quilt; never learned the traditonal way. Tips - Use a round bowl spoon rather than oval. Your thumb will fit more easily in the bowl of spoon. Buy your spoons from charity or junk shops, then throw away/recycle when scratched. Use a size 9 or 8 quilting needle. Spoon quilting blunts needles quicker so make sure you have plenty. When learning, try quilting a piece of clear midweight plastic instead of fabric, so you can really see how the needle hits the back of the spoon. And it is easier to spoon quilt towards you and use a deep recessed quilting thimble.

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