“I just discovered your blog and your great tutorials. Do you know of a tutorial or directions for the "stab stitch" for hand quilting? I have taken a class at Quakertown Quilts in my area (The Woodlands, Texas) on hand quilting using the traditional method. I have not seen a description of the stab stitch technique for hand quilting and would like to try it.
I appreciate any advice you can give me regarding this stitch.
I always thought that “stab stitch quilting” was something that I did to get through thicker seams. I use it after several attempts to use the traditional “rocking stitch” fails due to thickness at the seams. Could I have been missing something after 30+ years of quilting?!?! GASP! So I started to do a search and see what I could find.
Barb Robson has a blog article on stab stitch quilting that you might find useful.
Wikipedia has an article as well, and says that stab stitching is making “one running stitch at a time. However, don’t rely on Wikipedia to always be accurate, as anybody can submit writing to Wikipedia as if they are an expert.
Linda Halpin’s website includes a mention of a workshop she teaches for “poke-pull (or stab stitch) quilting.” Linda has been quilting for years, and I would rely on her expertise to be accurate.
I did a search on YouTube for videos on stab stitching, but came up empty handed. I think that’s because most quilters only utilize stab stitch quilting the way I do – for those difficult, thick areas. I think!
So, I’m turning this question over to our hand quilting experts on Celebrate Hand Quilting so they can provide their feedback to Dorothy.
Ladies and gentlemen, can you help Dorothy?