8. JOIN THE BATTING
Sometimes the batting is too small
for a large quilt. If this is the case you
must join the batting together. Panel
the batting the same way you paneled
your fabric. Join the batting by using a
whipstitch, sewing the panels together
side by side, not on top of each other.
9. PREPARE TO QUILT
9a. Center your designed top fabric on the batting and back material. Baste all 3 layers together.
9b. Starting from the center, grid out and then baste the outside edge. Each grid should be about 1-2 hand
spans apart. Now you’re ready to quilt.
10. QUILT YOUR QUILT
10a. Place one hand under the quilting hoop and use your index or center NOTE: Hawaiian quilts
finger to make a hill where you will be quilting. This bottom hand and finger are always made with
is used to stop the needle from coming too far out the back of the quilt. a hoop or quilting
Your top hand and fingers will do the actual quilting stitch. stand. When using a
hoop, remember to
Place a thimble on the index finger of your top hand. Hold the needle using your check the back and
thumb and middle finger with the thimble finger on top of the needle. You only smooth out the fabric
need 3 fingers to quilt. Place your wrist on the top of the hoop and position your — this is done to pre-
fingers to make your quilting stitch. vent puckering on the
back of the quilt.
10b. Place the needle in front of the last stitch, then slowly push the needle
through all 3 layers of fabric and batting. As soon as the needle touches the
bottom finger, release your top fingers from the needle, except for the thimble
finger. Rock the needle with the thimble finger away from you until the needle is
almost horizontal, then slowly push the needle back up through the top of the
quilt. Use your top hand thumb to help make the stitch smaller by placing your
thumb in front of the needle as it comes through the bottom fabric.
NOTE: Always quilt the center of your quilt first. And remember, place,
rock thumb, push, and never drop the hill of your bottom finger.