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How to Do Sashiko Quilting

Step 1

Mark the quilting pattern on the quilt top. Since the fabric is dark, you will need to use a white pencil or dressmaker's carbon paper with a tracing wheel.

Step 2

Layer the quilt top with batting and backing.

Step 3

Place quilt in a quilting hoop, not an embroidery hoop. The tension should not be too tight.

Step 4

Thread a "between" needle with one strand of white hand quilting thread. Use the size needle that is most comfortable for you. Between needles are shorter than regular needles, but they are sharp and strong. The larger the needle size, the shorter the needle.

Step 5

Make a knot on one end of the thread. Starting on the quilt top, pass the needle through the top and batting layers; bring needle back through the surface of the quilt top where you will begin quilting. Tug the needle until the knot pops through the top layer and is hidden within the batting layer.

Step 6

Begin taking short running stitches using a rocking motion. Start needle in a vertical position and place as many stitches as you are comfortable with on the needle before bringing the needle through. Try to bring needle to a vertical position with the start of each stitch.

Step 7

When you come to the end of your thread, you must again bury the knot within the batting layer. Keeping the needle threaded, wrap the thread twice around the needle. Pull the needle and tighten the knot.

Note: The knot should be slightly above the quilt top, about 1/4" away. Insert the needle back into the hole made by the last stitch and go through the batting layer  for about 1/2" to 1" away. Come up through the quilt top. Pull until the knot is against the quilt top and tug needle until the knot is inside the batting layer. Cut the thread end.