Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers
Hand Piecing Quilts
Recently, I was visiting family and while there the power went out. It was also raining so we couldn't go outside. My mom had a quilt kit she had bought years ago and so I decided to piece it by hand.
I pieced the entire quilt (crib sized) by hand. It was immensely soothing.
Here's how to piece a quilt by hand. We are going to take 2 squares to show how to sew the seam.
1. Two of my favorite items. A sewline mechanical pencil and a 1/4" Quilt Seam Guide, which is a clear bar that is 1/4" wide. Making it fast & easy to mark your 1/4" lines.
2. On the wrong sides of all your pieces draw a 1/4" seam allowance. This will be your stitching guide.
|For the sake of time, I did not mark all four edges on this, but if you were making a|
whole quilt, you should mark ALL edges of your squares, triangles, or other quilt pieces.
3. Pin your pieces, right side together, along the seam you are going to sew.
4. Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end.
5. Start your seam with a back stitch at the very edge of the fabric. This will make the small knot less noticeable and reinforce the seam.
6. Stitch a running stitch on top of your 1/4" line. To do a running stitch, simply poke your needle in and out of both layers of fabric, over and over until you have no room left on the needle. Then pull the needle through. NOTE: The smaller your stitches the stronger the seam.
7. Repeat step 6 over and over until you get to the end of your seam.
End seam with a back stitch & french knot.
8. One of the MOST important things about hand piecing is to be sure you press your seams to one side. With machine piecing you can open your seams or press them to one side without it really interfering with the end quality of your quilt. But with a hand pieced quilt, you will need the extra strength that pressing your seams to one side gives.
And that's it! Repeat with all your seams until you are finished. Remember to nest seams and use other piecing techniques.
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