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Thread: Hand Quilting with Hoop

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    Senior Member Tcharlie's Avatar
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    Questions:

    When hand quilting with a hoop, do you loosen or remove the hoop from the quilt when you are finished for the day and then re-hoop when you begin again?

    Does hooping the quilt stretch the batting?

    Never hand quilted before but I know you pin and baste and then start from the center, so I was just wondering on the placement of the hoops!

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    I know it's an inconvenience to remove the hoop each time you set the work aside, but it DOES HELP! I've only used a hoop on wall hangings, but leaving it on until that section is done leaves curved bumps in the quilt!

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    I'm lazy, I never unhoop until I need to quilt a new area or am finished and I've never had a problem with creases. I also never pin baste a quilt I'm going to hand quilt (the thread will get tangled in the pins--pins are usually only used in machine quilting). If you look up Sharon Schambers video on hand quilting she has a basting technique that allows you to start quilting anywhere you want to--you don't have to start from the middle.

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    I am like Bernie, I don't move the hoop until I am ready to start quilting a new area. With poly batting it rarely leaves bumps or imprints and when it does they go away after a day or so. With cotton, because cotton "remembers" I have had hoop marks but they also went away after a while, just takes longer time. Once I was handquilting a cotton bat and I thought I had permanently dented the batting but it was completely nonexistant after washing. I wouldn't recommend leaving the hoop in for really long periods of times though (like more than a week in one spot).

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    I'm lazy, I never unhoop until I need to quilt a new area or am finished and I've never had a problem with creases. I also never pin baste a quilt I'm going to hand quilt (the thread will get tangled in the pins--pins are usually only used in machine quilting). If you look up Sharon Schambers video on hand quilting she has a basting technique that allows you to start quilting anywhere you want to--you don't have to start from the middle.
    Is that on Youtube or something like that???

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    I'm lazy, I never unhoop until I need to quilt a new area or am finished and I've never had a problem with creases. I also never pin baste a quilt I'm going to hand quilt (the thread will get tangled in the pins--pins are usually only used in machine quilting). If you look up Sharon Schambers video on hand quilting she has a basting technique that allows you to start quilting anywhere you want to--you don't have to start from the middle.
    Is that on Youtube or something like that???
    It is on youtube. She uses boards to help sandwich the quilts and she uses a herringbone stitch to baste. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA

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    Thanks, virtualbernie!!!! :D

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    I just watched the video and it's great! Makes a lot of sense.
    I've basted the other way for years and I like this one a lot better.
    I'm getting ready to baste a wall quilt and the timing for this video is perfect! Thanks a lot :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I just watched the video and it's great! Makes a lot of sense.
    I've basted the other way for years and I like this one a lot better.
    I'm getting ready to baste a wall quilt and the timing for this video is perfect! Thanks a lot :)
    I certainly loved it! This is the only way I baste now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    I'm lazy, I never unhoop until I need to quilt a new area or am finished and I've never had a problem with creases. I also never pin baste a quilt I'm going to hand quilt (the thread will get tangled in the pins--pins are usually only used in machine quilting). If you look up Sharon Schambers video on hand quilting she has a basting technique that allows you to start quilting anywhere you want to--you don't have to start from the middle.
    I'm guilty of never unhooping too, but have never had a problem because you have to have some slack...so I never stretch the part I'm quilting. I only pin baste for machine quilting and thread baste for handquilting...am going to definitely check out the video...thanks :)

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