In this video you can see how I start a line of quilting. I always quilt from right to left but I pop the knot and tail of my thread on the left and then my first few stitches stabilize that thread tail and knot from popping back out. I use both hands to produce the stitches. Even though I'm right handed, my left hand helps produce each stitch by moving the quilt up and down.
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I hope you are enjoying your December crafting time. I'll be machine quilting tonight on a project that I hope to show you early in January.