Hand quilting continuation

Hurray for cooler evenings and a chance to get out my hand quilting. I am quilting the stars with 12 wt Aurifil thread 2915 and the background diamonds with 50 weight colour 2000. I find it difficult to make my starting knot with the heavier thread so I cut a piece double long and start in the middle, when I get to the end I put the needle on the other end and stitch it. The ending knot is easier.

Thread choices

With only echo quilting the quilting is satisfyingly fast, although I am debating if I should reinforce the centre of each star. The batting (Quilters Dream Orient) is bearding where it’s exposed at the edge and I’m wondering what that means for the longevity inside the quilt.

I have been using these thimble dots for a few years but I’m quite disappointed in the newest batch, as the thimbles are softer and my needle eye keeps sinking into the silicone–and then into my finger.

Batting bearding

Double length thread

Linking up Slow Sunday stitching at Kathy’s Quilts.



  1. Very nice fabric choices! This will be a lovely quilt!

  2. I like the double length of thread idea. I don’t know when I will ever get to hand quilting….I was going to say get back to hand quilting….but I haven’t done much. The stitches look very tiny. I am impressed. i also hope it continues to stay cool in the evenings as today it feels like a steam bath.

    1. I actually have to focus on making the stitches bigger when using the heavier thread. I like hand quilting, but I have vowed to only ever have one in progress due to how long it takes.


      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018, 10:00 AM Lisa in Port Hope, wrote:


  3. Fun idea to quilt with 2 different thread types. Enjoy your stitching today!

    1. Thanks Kathy!


      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018, 10:57 AM Lisa in Port Hope, wrote:


  4. Carla Therrien · ·

    I quilt from both ends of the thread often. I also use fewer wraps when making my knot with larger thread. Looks like your having a great time enjoy your stitching hope it cools off here soon.

  5. Love the idea of starting in the middle and working your way out with the thread….. Hope the cooler evenings last a bit for your stitching…. Still way too hot where I live but my AC blows right on me at night so I don’t mind the warm quilt on me!

  6. I have a similar type of quilt dot and I find that the needle sometimes punctures that also. Until your comment, I was thinking of looking into these. Oh well. I really like your graphic quilt.

    1. The previous batch was fantastic–I am planning to write in with the package info and let the company know, because if they go back to the previous formula I would buy them again.


  7. Love the look of your quilt, pretty fabrics! Interesting how you quilt, I must try it.

    1. Let me know if you have any more questions. My hand movements work for me

  8. Stars made out of diamonds are one of my favorites. May I suggest you email Quilters Dream and perhaps they can advice. Most likely it is bearding only where it is exposed and from being touched. A shame about your thimble dots.

    1. Yes, that makes sense and thank you for the advice. I may go ahead and edge stitch this so I can trim off the excess — I don’t usually do that but it makes sense in this case.

      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 8:32 PM Lisa in Port Hope wrote:


  9. Ouch — it’s no good if your dots aren’t working! Maybe it was a bad batch? Enjoy hand quilting your pretty quilt! 🙂

    1. Thanks! Have a great week!

      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 9:26 PM Lisa in Port Hope wrote:


  10. I have a metal quilt dot that I use on my right hand, but I haven’t found anything that works for my underneath hand. I would like to try those dots. I hope they improve with your next batch. Beautiful quilt!

    1. I actually don’t use anything on my underneath hand, although if it starts to get overly punctured I find a plastic bandage gives it just enough protection while keeping the sensation. I used to use a leather thimble on my top hand although they wear through eventually too.

      On Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 1:35 PM Lisa in Port Hope wrote:


  11. Anja @ Anja Quilts · ·

    Looks great. I’d like to find a project (small) to hand quilt over the winter, or maybe some EPP or embroidery.

    1. There are so many great options for handwork out there, I look forward to seeing what you find!



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