I love hand quilting though it takes time. The result is what I really look for! It gives life to the top.

Here are a few pictures of my progress on Yoko Saito's basket. I still have three sides to quilt and I will be ready for the finishing process! Finally!!!! Yes, I'm a bit long ....

Bottom of basket close-up photos :

Side of basket close-up photo :

Do you want to see what tools I use for quilting ?

It is a very relaxing process. I do not use a hoop for small pieces! I use a weight instead.

I was taught how to quilt like this by Reiko Kato and Yoko Saito.

What is, I think, most important in the quilting process is the basting part! The 3 layers (top, batting and backing) really need to be well basted.

Here is my quilt top just basted and ready to be hand quilted :

I wish you a wonderful week and thank you for your very nice comments ;-)

Next post will be about a beautiful exhibition of traditional quilts inspired by antique quilts from different museums. Lovers of traditional quilting, hand-sewing and hand-quilting, do not miss the post!!! The quilts are breathtaking!

Edit for Jenny: The weight is used to maintain the top when quilting. It is used because the piece is too small for being placed in a hoop. You can then pull on the top and have the tension you want. Here on this video, you can see Yoko Saito showing us how to quilt. In this demo, she has only one single fabric (not a three-layer top) in order for us to see the ceramic thimble under the fabric. The weight has a handle. It's a different weight from mine but is used the same way. Hope it makes things clearer...

Until later,


  1. Oh Beautiful David, handquilting gives it that antique look! the colours are divine. I am intriqued about the blue tools, how do you use them?
    Great post!

  2. wouw Beautiful, it looks amazing and so precise great !!!

  3. Hi Bertie and Handmade,
    Thank you both for your comments.
    The blue rubber thimbles are great! One is put on my right forefinger, it prevents the finger from slipping when pulling the needle. The other one is for my left forefinger and the ceramic thimble goes on top! So whatever the size of the finger, the ceramic thimble fits perfectly and does not slip. Thanks to this ceramic thimble, I can make very small and regular stitches.

  4. I totally agree with you about quilting : it gives life to the top ! Your work is breathtaking and I do love diamond-shaped quilting pattern.
    Funny I have also prepared a post about the quilting tools I regularly use :-))) Have a nice week as well !

  5. Hello David, I really enjoying reading this post about your quilting. Your quilting/work is so beautiful and neat, it shows the extra effort is well rewarded with a stunning piece to show. Have a great week as well and I look forward to your next post!!

  6. David ton quilting est magnifique, très soigné . Ton panier sera très réussi sans aucun doute. C'est vrai que cette partie , parfois un peu fastidieuse est si importante pour l'objet fini .
    Il y avait un livre ( je ne me souviens plus de son titre) qui montrait les mêmes tops quiltés différemment . C'est impressionnant de voir comme l'effet final est changé.
    J'attends avec impatience la belle expo .

  7. Hello David...what a beautiful piece you are working on...the colours are just gorgeous!!! Dzintra

  8. Beautiful quilting. It gives such a wonderful look to your bag.

  9. Bonjour David,
    Merci de nous faire partager l'avancement de ton panier. C'est superbe ! Ton quilting est très beau. Surtout que se sont les détails qui embellissent nos ouvrages.
    Une très bonne journée,

    Isabelle C. (PEXIORA)

  10. Ton quilting est superbe. Le travail à la main, certes plus long, donne tout de même plus d'allure ! Cela me donne envie de m'attaquer au panier de champignons (de Yoko aussi,dans son livre "Möte Med Sverige")

  11. Your work is really great David,congrats ! I do not use as many thimbles as you but I love this weight too. It is also very useful for borders on larger quilts.

  12. Bonsoir David,
    J'aime aussi quilter entièrement à la main cela donne un air plus authentique au projet. Et ton quiltage est si fin....Je suis sous le charme de ce petit panier.
    Je voulais aussi te remercier pour la recette des brochettes de poulets au citron que tu avais donné l'an passé. Nous l'avons testé et toute la famille à adoré ainsi que le taboulé. Merci pour ce partage.

  13. Hi David, Can you please explain the method you use quilting with the weight. I haven't heard of this before. Lovely quilting! from Jenny

  14. Hi Jenny,

    I've just edited my post to answer your question. Let me kow if it is clear enough.

  15. What beautiful work David! I'm looking forward to seeing your finished basket. Have a good weekend.

  16. Bonsoir David,

    Bravo pour l'avancement de votre panier..
    Le mien est terminé depuis dimanche dernier..Je me suis vraiment "éclatée" à le faire et suis ravie du résultat final.. Le montage final étant quand même un peu plus délicat, j'avoue.. Pas une réelle maîtrise de l'utilisation de l'aiguille courbe, je dirais..
    J'essaie de mettre en ligne quelques photos et commentaires sur mon blog ce week end..
    Bon week end

  17. Hi David!

    Thank you so much for saying Hi! Nice to meet someone else in the Yoko Saito fan club. ;)

    I am so in love with your frog basket. It looks incredible. I've never attempted anything like that, but you're very inspiring. (I even have a few metres of that trees fabric in my stash!)

    Yes, Yoko is pretty amazing. I also got to meet Reiko last year. She gave a small talk at Quilt Market. So interesting to learn about the Japanese approach to fabric color.

    Thanks again for saying Hi. It is so nice to comment with people around the world who share the same passions. :)

    Happy quilting!


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