Hand Quilting Videos, at Last!

I am *very* happy to tell you that I have finally gotten around to putting up the videos of myself hand quilting. I have been talking about these for way too long and finally did it. They are embedded below, but are all available at YouTube. Just search for “amyalamode hand quilting.”

I recorded this as one long segment, but decided it was way too long, so I have divided it up into seven parts that range from 40 seconds to about 6.5 minutes, and skipped over the stitching of the second circle. Throughout the videos I explain what I am doing and give you some tips and whatever wisdom I have on the subject (so don’t forget to turn on your sound!). I made this during the height of my allergy-induced coughing season, so please excuse the few jumpy places where I had to edit out some coughs.


Hand Quilting 1 — Getting Started

Hand Quilting 2 — Threading and Making the Knot

Hand Quilting 3 — Burying the Knot

Hand Quilting 4 — Thimbles

Hand Quilting 5 — Stitching

Hand Quilting 6 — Skipping Over to a New Section

Hand Quilting 7 — Tying Off (The End Knot)

Do the Humpty Hump (Free Motion Fun!)

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments on the Back to Amsterdam quilt. I can’t tell you how much time I spent fretting over various little bits of that quilt, so it’s great to have so many people say they like it and even that I should enter it in a quilt show! Wow! That’ll boost a gal’s ego.

At a sewing class the other night I noticed how much fun everyone was having checking out everyone else’s set up and all the little gadgets that other people couldn’t live without. I decided that some people might enjoy seeing how I have my space set up for quilting, and since I was working on the free motion quilting for the Plain Spoken quilt, I thought it was the perfect time to snap a few photos and maybe even try out the video function on my Canon G10.

This is exactly what my sewing space looked like, mid-quilting.

Free Motion Quilting Set Up

That hump I have in the quilt is there intentionally. Once the quilt gets past a certain point where it becomes hard to move it because of the weight on that side, I scrunch it up to make a hump. This really helps, because now as you sew you are only moving the fabric in front of the hump.

I thought this might be a bit hard to explain, so I made a little video (and got to learn a bit about iMovie at the same time – fun!). If you think the yellow squirt bottle on the shelf looks particularly bright, it’s because I accidentally shot this in color accent mode, which kind of grays out most things and brightens the colors on certain objects. At any rate, I think you can see how only the fabric on the front side of the hump moves as I quilt. (The video is 1:21.)

In case someone is interested, the table is available here. I totally love mine!

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