Quilt with Me!: Anniken Pillow Pattern Pt.3 How to do Hand Quilting

In part three of this pillow pattern series, I want to share how to create the hand quilting on the the Anniken Pillow geometric triangle side! Last week, I walked you through how to create the leaf appliqué. If you missed that post, catch up HERE. There is also a La Rue de Fleurs’ Channel YouTube video walking you through the appliqué as well as the pattern’s triangle background. You can watch that via a link in the aforementioned blog post, or HERE on YouTube.

This week, I am taking you beyond the background and appliqué elements to make the beautiful quilt textures that will pull everything together! For my hand quilting, I will be using six-strand embroidery floss in a dark taupe gray that matched well with the gray tones of both my triangles, background, and felt lining the appliqué. Specifically, the color is Dark Beige Gray DMC 642, which you can purchase HERE. I am using a large-eye hand embroidery needle to do all of the hand stitching. You can find a pack of the same needles HERE.

If you’d like to read more about the pattern, including design inspiration, follow the link to part one HERE and part two HERE to my read all previous posts about the Anniken Pillow.

Concept Breakdown

The Anniken Pillow is a small-scale quilting project perfect for hand stitching! I don’t know about you, but the thought of hand-quilting an entire quilt makes me worry for my fingertips. However, with the Anniken, I feel comfortable and confident to create the fabulously decadent look that only hand quilting can provide because the pillow finishes at approximately 20″ square. And if you’ve never hand quilted before you won’t be overwhelmed practicing a new concept on this size piece which is easier to manipulate and complete. Everyone loves a sure win!

In this week’s video, I share a few tips on creating hand-quilting stitches. These tips include:

  • preparing the layers of your quilted pillow top
  • choosing and creating the stitching lines
  • how to maximize your basic running stitch when hand quilting
  • embroidery floss threading tips
  • starting and stopping the thread during quilting

To view the video and see all of the tips, click the video box below.:

Quilt With Me!: The Anniken Pillow Hand Quilting

Grab the Annkien Pillow Pattern for just $5 USD HERE. Then pop on the video for a few tips, tricks and best practices before you stitch. After you’ve made your design choices based on those tips, join me to relaxingly hand quilt our pillow top!

In upcoming videos, we will work together as we talk about quilted details for the appliqué area, and finally assemble and finish the pillow for stuffing and use.

If you join in with the video or create the Anniken Pillow on your own, don’t forget to share your work with the La Rue de Fleurs community by tagging me on IG @laruedefleurs and using the hashtags #annikenpillow and #laruedefleurspatterns. I hope you’ll join me and have some fun with triangles and appliqué!

Stay creative, friends!

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