Hand Quilting Great Granny Stars With Lessons in Straight Line Quilting
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I have embarked on a new quilting project. While it is obviously going to take some time to do, I decided that I would like to hand quilt it. It is the Great Granny Stars Quilt.
Great Granny Stars Quilt and Pattern
Here it is laid out with batting and backing. I have used a plain white backing and batting which is nice and white.
There are lots of good reasons to hand quilt this one. It is a pretty big quilt and while I could do it on a machine I think the result will be better with hand quilting.
Nothing fancy, just lots of straight lines is my plan. So far I have quilted diagonally through the centre of all the Great Granny Blocks Scrap Great Granny Square Block Tutorial and the Scrappy Star Sashings Scrappy Star Sashings to create a big diagonal grid. This has stabilised the whole quilt and now made it easier to continue with the rest.. I did not mark the quilt as I am just following the direction of the pattern of the blocks.
Today I am sharing some of the progress and hopefully inspiring you to do a bit of hand quilting.
If you are stuck at home or even not feeling well, this is an excellent way to pass some time but still achieve something closer to a finished quilt.
In a previous post All In Hand – Lessons In Hand Quilting I discussed some of the lessons I have learned so far with hand quilting. Today I will add something further to these comments.
More About The Hoop
What I have realised with this quilting practice is that it is not a good idea to alter the tension on the hoop unnecessarily. My experience has been that altering the hoop tension will also lead to altering the stitch lengths. A very tight hoop will mean that the stitches will be larger as the tension in the hoop will increase the difficulty of the rocking of the needle motion. A looser hoop will enable smaller stitches as the needle can come in an out of the quilt more easily.
A Bent Needle
As the quilting progresses it is not unusual for the quilting needle to develop a bit of a bend (or even break) with the tension which is applied to it. A bent needle can lead to deviated stitches so change the needle when you suspect it is no longer straight.
Cleaning Up the Seam Allowances
Rookie mistake, but, having a completely white background does mean that some stray threads and slightly excessive seam allowances of the darker fabrics will show through and create a bit of a shadow. I thought that I had cleaned it up quite well. however it does demonstrate that being a bit more vigilant would pay off!
It is all a learning curve.
As a post script. I had a lovely comment from Gretchen. She advised getting a superfine crochet hook which can carefully remove some of those stray threads from under the quilt top. Great advice for us all. Thank you Gretchen. 🌸
That is all for today. Hope you are finding time to stitch. I will post again with further progress down the track.
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