I prefer to quilt with a hoop, but some students just do not like to use a hoop. For small projects a hoop is not necessary, because it is easy to wrap your hand around the edges. But for a larger quilt, you have to get to the middle somehow first, right?
Before you start stitching, be sure to baste the quilt well so layers will not shift. I baste with thread overall about a hand's width apart.
My friend, Jeana Kimball taught me many years ago how to quilt without a hoop, and I will try to explain how I do it. The photo above shows the middle of the quilt. (Sometime soon I hope to prepare a video.)
The bulk of the quilt is loosely gathered in my lap, or across a table to support the weight.
I am right handed, so I stitch with my right hand as my left hand maneuvers the stitching area from underneath.
Give this a try. It's easier to do than it is to explain!
P.S. Thread shown here is Coats Cotton Covered Bold Hand Quilting, Tango.
Barbara M. Burnham
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