Saturday, 8 February 2020

Hand Piecing 103 video - 8 pointed stars

Many people have asked me how I got the centre tight on the 8 pointed stars in my first video.  So, I've made a third video explaining how I did it. This video also includes more demonstrations of me stitching, and the tailors' knot.

I learnt this trick for the centres from Willyne Hammerstein when I attended her class at the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) in Melbourne in 2018. 

This is Willyne Hammerstein's Moncarapacho quilt that was on display at AQC.  Willyne hand pieced it all and hand quilted it too.  This is hand piecing at its finest!

Even if you've studied my videos really closely, I'd still encourage you to attend a class with a hand piecing tutor if you can.  I've attended 3 hand piecing classes, and I've learnt new tips from each of the tutors. There's nothing like sitting with an expert for a few hours or days.

The Lady Wigram quilt I hand pieced from the Bella Ruby pattern by Treehouse Textiles

There's one remaining area of hand piecing that I might cover yet - curved hand piecing.  Most of us loathe curved piecing on the sewing machine, so I will show you how easy it can be when it's done by hand.

If you missed my earlier links to my hand piecing videos, here they are:

Hand Piecing 101 shows quilters how to hand piece.  It also explains why we hand piece, the options for transferring the stitching lines onto fabric, and the needles, pins and threads required.

Hand Piecing 102 shows how to make hand piecing templates from template plastic.  It explains how to get straight edges on templates, which pens and scissors to use, and how to use the Simple Seam Wheel.

It's so encouraging to hear that many of you are giving hand piecing a go after watching my videos.  Thank you!


Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Another wonderful tutorial Wendy. Thank you so much for taking the time to make them and share your tips and experience. Although I have done hand sewing in the past I still learned much and would recommend them to anyone who wants to try hand stitching and those who already hand stitch. There is always something new to learn.

Graciela said...

Hello wendy thank you very much for this tutorial, it is very well explained, I would like to know where my daughter could buy that short pins and also the brand and the thickness of the plastic templates, so I ask you to buy them there and bring them to me , she comes to Argentina at the end of the month, thank you very much a kiss for you

Susan said...

Great suggestion to take multiple classes on the same subject, cause there are so many ways to do a technique, and one never knows which one will 'click'.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I hope this will help some others to learn the joy of hand piecing - you just need to look at your time differently - it doesn't really take "so much time" I have hand pieced quilts while on the road in a month or two and it is relaxing

Cathy Melancon said...

Brilliant, Wendy!!! WOW! So much to consider and think about, but seems to be so much more precise than sewing those stars with a machine!!! Thank you again for a ver informative video!!!!

Farm Quilter said...

I do as little hand work as possible - arthritis - but your tips for making the block lie flat can be translated to machine sewn blocks as well. Thank you for a great tutorial. Can you use your tailor's knot when securing the binding as well? If so, I really need to learn how to do that!!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thanks again for another tutorial. I had a try of hand piecing after watching your first video and quickly realised that it's not a quick process.
My family is portuguese and actually from this region which has inspired Willyne's work. How wonderful to learn this :)

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh thank you for sharing your video. The Moncarapacho quilt is spectacular what a beauty! I agree hand piecing is so much easier on the hands than EPP and faster if you ask me! Thanks so much for sharing your tips and skills

Kiwiquilter said...

I’m enjoying these videos so much, Wendy, thank you. I suppose you’ll have to stop some time as you’ll run out of subject matter, but I don’t want you to! Clear and easy to follow explanations, no waffling, love them.

Jenny M said...

Thank you for your tips - especially showing going around the circle, to make the centre secure. Also showing the pressing tips was of great interest.