Lenna from the Stitching Cow has written a couple of really great posts on Hand Quilting.

After reading her many tips, even I feel confident to try hand quilting again. I’d love to hear some advice on the most preferred batting to use for hand quilting. I remember years ago trying to use the Warm & Natural batting I bought by the yard from Joanne’s, with horrible results and lots of pain. It was just too hard to quilt through. I can’t remember now who it was but someone told me that particular batting is for machine-use only.

What batting do you use for hand quilting?

Lenna’s photo used with permission… thanks!

Hand Quilting Tips
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6 thoughts on “Hand Quilting Tips

  • August 2, 2008 at 7:12 am

    I only handquilt, and I prefer Quilters Dream 100% cotton in the Request weight which is the very thinnest they sell. Needles beautifully, seldom beards, and drapes very nicely. In addition, there is no creeping. I recently bought an assorted case, so that in itself is a recommendation – lol.

  • August 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks Janet, I’ll look for some at Nashville.

  • August 5, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Handquilting without pain?? Never experienced that but will give this a try. Maybe I have been using the wrong batting. I know the cotton batting doesn’t work well for me when handquilting but does beautiful on machine quilting.

    Thanks for the tip.

  • August 5, 2008 at 8:49 am

    One other thing about handquilting I forgot to mention – needles – I use a 9 or 10 between and have noticed a big difference from brand to brand in the thickness of the same sized needle – experiment – the very thinnest you can find is the most comfortable to use.

  • August 8, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I use a Fabricland brand called Low-loft poly (for summer quilts) as well as Micro-soft poly (slightly thicker and warmer for winter quilts) for hand quilting. Only once did I use a cotton brand and ripped out all the quilting before I got too far into the quilt.

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