I was surprised at the method of hand quilting. I thought that you put the needle down into the quilt and then up again but that is not the way at all. You insert the needle and do a rocking stitch to pick up more stitches on your needle and use the thimble to push the needle through the fabric. I hope that makes sense. It is not an easy process. In fact it was very strange to me and hard to get my fingers working the right way. Some of the participants caught on right away and I did take pictures.
Jeannette stressed that the main thing is that the stitches are consistent and that was very hard to do. Some were large and some small. Also it was hard to make the needle go thru so that there was a stitch on the other side of the work.
One of Jeannette's quilts that was hand quilted.
We were a small group
A nice grid
Here is my attempt at hand quilting. This is just some of what I did in the 4 hours but I thought I would show my straight lines. My stitches aren't very uniform but my lines are straight.
This is the back of my quilt and as you can see there are stitches missing on the backing. It was not easy doing the hand quilting but it was fun and I learned a lot.
Practice makes perfect as Jeannette said.
This is the frame that Jeannette uses for her hand quilting.