Well, here goes....we'll try uploading the video again with Safari. Looks like it will only take 30 minutes or more! (It took an hour and a half, and I had to upload to YouTube first, then blogger! Whew!)
There is no sound with this video, so don't worry about your computer sound not working. I usually narrate this live when presenting this video.
The video begins by showing you how to make the quilter's knot by wrapping a loop of thread around the point of the needle. Then the quilting process begins by popping the tiny knot into the batting layer. My needle enters the top layer only about 1/2" from where the line of stitching begins, and then the knot is popped through the threads of the fabric into the batting layer.
Please watch carefully how the underneath finger and the thimbled finger work together to control the movement of the needle through the quilt layers. First, the needle is inserted into the quilt layers vertically, than transferred to the thimbled finger and rocked horizontally and back and forth forming the stitches several more times. The thumb of the hand above the quilt layers works with the underneath finger to 'bend' the fabric around the point of the needle for each stitch and before the needle is pushed through the fabric layers. This rocking of the needle allows a stitch to penetrate all 3 layers creating an even stitch on both the top and bottom sides of the quilt. This stitch is intended to hold all three layers together with small, even stitches.
This process takes practice to perfect, the same as any other worthwhile endeavor. (Remember learning to play the piano? Practice, practice, practice makes perfect!) Do you have questions? Either ask them here, or refer to my book Winning Stitches. If you don't own a copy, you can get one for free with your purchase any item, even a $9 pattern, at regular price between now and New Year's Day from my website. It originally retailed for $28.95, so this is a BIG sale!