Hand Pieced QAL: Quilter’s Knots and the Running Stitch

Hand Pieced QAL: Quilter’s Knots and the Running Stitch

Hand Pieced: A Quilt Along

In our continuing series to explain the basics of hand piecing, today I wanted to really get down to the actually stitching! I’m excited to show you a couple different knots you can use and the basics of the running stitch. This stitch is the heart of hand piecing–and even hand quilting. The meditative, rocking motion may (almost certainly will, in fact) feel a bit awkward at first. It takes a bit of time to find your rhythm–how you hold your hand, your needle, your thimble, and even the fabric.

How to do the running stitch

I encourage you to push through the awkwardness and just sew! Once you flip those pieces of fabric open, no one can even see those stitches! Hand piecing, unlike, say hand quilting, or embroidery, is very forgiving. The more you do it, the easier it gets. Muscle memory eventually takes over, and your stitches get more consistent and maybe even a little bit smaller.

How to do the running stitch for hand sewing

In my previous posts on notions and marking, I made videos for you, as well as explaining those topics. I feel that for showing you knots and stitches, a video is so much more effective, so I’m just going to leave you with this video. My way is in no way the only way, so find what works for you! Make sure to pop over to Patty’s blog to check out her method.

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Hand Pieced QAL: How to do the running stitch


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