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Thread: First Quilts

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    Arcadia, Ca.

    First Quilts

    I have been reading through the post and noticed that even the beginning quilters are sending their quilts out to be quilted. When I made my first quilt I did not even know that was an option. I have always handquilted my own quilts. Those of you that have been quilting for a long time, did you quilt your own quilts at the beginning (either hand or machine) or did you send them out?

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    Super Member LivelyLady's Avatar
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    Western MA
    I handquilted my quilts when I first started quilting in 1990. I still love to handquilt, but now I also enjoy FMQ on my domestic sewing machine. The money I save by quilting my own quilts goes to buying more fabric.
    When you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love.

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    I've always quilted my own by hand or machine.

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    I sent my first one out and hand-quilted the next few ones. I love to hand-quilt, but it takes me so long.

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    Senior Member Toni C's Avatar
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    I had tops for the longest. Then machine quilted them

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    Super Member nygal's Avatar
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    New York
    I hand stitched and hand quilted my first few quilts. When I made the first one I didn't even own a sewing machine then. I still hand quilt some.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place.

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    I quilted my own quilt -- but it was a school home ec project in 1980 or 1981. I've only been involved with 5 quilts that have been sent out to be quilted -- only one of them was my personal project. The other 4 were group projects. I'm working with a young lady now (she's 12) and originally planned to quilt her first top for her. I got a lot of push back from my husband and other quilters, so she's doing the quilting -- but she's not really enjoying it. I just hope it doesn't backfire. She'll finish the quilt this weekend and I'm going to put the binding on for her -- unless she says she wants to (which I doubt she will). When it's finished, she's giving the quilt to her cousin for her 1st birthday. Ooh -- reminds me I need to get the label made...

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    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    West Coast
    I do all my own quilting.
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

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    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
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    I have not sent one out yet. The first ones were quilted on a machine with a 4 inch throat. Just keep cramming! I've upgraded to a nine inch throat and do it all myself. Quilting is an expensive hobby and added a LAQ to every quilt is more than I care to spend. Maybe if I do a GREAT quilt one day I'll have it professionally done.

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    Super Member ckcowl's Avatar
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    Northern Michigan
    i quilted my own way back when- then didn't quilt for a number of years= when i started again the first large (king sized) quilt i made i sent out- and it cost me so much i figured i had better either learn to do that myself- or not ever make another one-so set out to learn to machine quilt, saved my pennies & purchased a long-arm...i do still on occassion quilt with the domestic machine too- small projects- up to twins & if i want to do intricate quilting i do it on my sewing machine. i am working on a queen sized whole cloth with my domestic machine. now i don't have to send them out- people send theirs out to me
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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