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Thread: Combining hand and machine quilting

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    Hi everyone,

    I know some people have mentioned that they use both hand and machine quilting in their quilts. How do you do this, and do you have different amounts of shrinkage (maybe hand quilting stitches are smaller than your machine quilting stitches) and does the quilt turn out okay.

    I have a quilt that I would want to hand quilt in the center, but then everything after that I would like to do in machine if I could, just because it would get done a whole lot faster.

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    i am one of those people who do both but i can't testify about shrinking because i only use the combined quilting in art quilts not utility quilts.

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    I prewash everything, so shrinking is not an issue. I reduce tension when machine quilting, and just stitch the same for the handworked parts. They do look a little different, but I think that emphacizes the handwork.

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    Something I am going to try also. I think it will work out fine!

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    I once made two bedskirts with matching shams. I hand quilted a design on them of a trailing stem with tulips. It has a lot of empty spaces so I have been thinking about filling in the empty space with machine quilting.
    You think that would work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO
    I once made two bedskirts with matching shams. I hand quilted a design on them of a trailing stem with tulips. It has a lot of empty spaces so I have been thinking about filling in the empty space with machine quilting.
    You think that would work?
    absolutely

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    Hi all,

    I thought I had posted this earlier today, but I can't find it, so I will post again.

    I know it has been mentioned that some of you have combined hand and machine quilting. How is this done? Are there differences of shrinkage based on differences of your stitches by hand and machine?

    I have a quilt that I would like to do the center part with hand quilting and then the outer part with machine stitching. Is there a specific way to do this, or what do I need to know. Never mind I just found it.

    Thanks

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    No different than if you vary your hand stitching or your machine quilting...
    Do what you want to do... if you stitch heavily on the outer part it is going to crinkle more than lighter hand quilting in the center... and vice versa. I wouldn't think your hand quilting thread would do any different than machine quilting thread.

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    I have done several quilts incorporating both hand & machine quilting. However, I pre-shrink all my fabric before I use it, make up my quilt, and when it's completed (including all the quilting whether hand or machine or both) I wash the quilt with a mild detergent in my washing machine on "delicate" and then dry it in the dryer until almost dry. When someone receives my quilt it smells and feels freshly laundered. I also include with all my quilt gifts, instructions on how to care for a quilt. These instructions have always been well-received.

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    I don't think it's a problem.

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