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Thread: Hand Quilting and the LQS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennie and Me
    Ashley, I'm so sorry that you seriously aren't supported in your hand quilting. And you're right, I think that all of the stores go where the money is and the money is in the machine quilting....faster turn around= selling more fabric and quilting supplies.
    May I just add that I so admire anyone who does hand quilting. I've never tried it, but keep thinking that I will. I, like the majority, want fast results, so I got a long-arm. Sometimes I feel that we all need to slow down and enjoy the quilting process a little more instead of hurrying through it.
    Please show us some of your work. I, for one, would love to see it.
    Thanks!
    I've been trying to remember to get a picture or two. I'm going to start a quilting blog and post them there.

    Go for it! Hand-quilting is so relaxing and rewarding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518
    My favorite LQS is where I learned to hand quilt - it is a small store owned by Mrs/Mr but I get all the attention I can ask for. I am so sorry that you encountered a group that did not think beyond their machines.
    Oh, I know it's not all of them! And I am supposed to go with a group to another shop this weekend, so I'll have egg on my face if they have a whole shelf of Aunt Becky's!!

    I guess I just wanted to gripe because I wasted my lunch hour and parking spot! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    It is practically impossible for one shop to have everything for everyone.

    Hope you can find a place that supports your passion.
    I know, I guess I just thought it was a normal notion for a quilt shop to have. I didn't even know I needed one until I joined this forum lol! :)

    Thank you

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    I carried the Aunt Becky tool. I think the minimum that I had to order was 6. It probably took me 10 years to sell 5. I put one in my tool box. Would I order again--probably not. LQS is not usually high volumn and the company that makes the Aunt Becky doesn't advertise that much. I can understand them not knowing what it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluegrassGurl
    I want an "Aunt Becky" too. Where did you get yours?
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...___D80688.html

    Let me know if you like it!

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    Thanks for adding the link- I've been wondering what this product is!

    Most shops around here seem to focus on the piecer, and offer quilting services. At least from seeing the quilts shown at guild, where they name the quilter, not many people do quilting: machine or hand. Lots of people do tie though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EIQuilter
    I'm really sorry you feel that way about shopping at a LQS. My guess is that they have to base their in-store items on what they think will sell best, and if the last quilt show I attended is any indication, not many people are hand quilting any longer. I think the fact that they offered to order an Aunt Becky for you is a sign they are willing to support your interests. But from a business standpoint, if only one person in 500 (I'm just throwing that number out - it's not statistically reliable!) wants one, it doesn't make a lot of sense for them to keep them in stock.

    I like an LQS that is willing to do what they can to accommodate the buyer. Last year I was looking for two Fairy Frost fabrics - my LQS didn't have those two colors, but she offered to order them for me, even though she knew I planned to buy only one yard of each. As it turns out, I bought three yards of each, so I felt better about it, but for all I know, the rest of each bolt is still sitting on her shelf.

    I do love Connecting Threads - I've ordered from them in the past and been very happy. Recently I ordered a large ruler, and when it came, it was broken (the packing left something to be desired!), but they immediately sent me a new one at no extra charge and, if I remember correctly, I didn't have to pay for the return shipping on the broken one. It's a great company!
    Oh, I do understand, that's why I just said I'd order it off the internet instead of them doing it. At $4 each, I doubt they'd even make anything off the purchase. But I'm not a regular there and I may or may not ever return, so it's no loss to either of us (except now I have to wait a week! LOL). I had a bad customer service experience a week or two ago at the sew and vac place and I guess I'm holding a grudge!

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    Wow! you'd think in Tennessee, there'd be more support for hand quilting, I always imagined there are groups of people , sitting on their porches, quilts on laps, going to town with a needle....... Lot's of handquilting options here in Colorado shops.... I haven't tried the Aunty Becky tool yet... I don't know if my fingers would know what to do if they weren't all torn up from stopping a needle... :)

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    Oh, that sounds like Quilt Heaven!

    Quote Originally Posted by LyndaOH
    I think it really depends on your LQS. One shop near me does longarm quilting but also supports hand quilters, including having one staff member who is available to help those of us who are learning, at no charge. They carry supplies for both machine and hand quilting.

    The other shop in the area is set in a historic village and very often you go in and they've either got a quilt on their frame with several ladies hand quilting or they are marking a quilt for hand quilting. At the same time, they give all kinds of classes, from hand quilting to machine quilting.

    I know that I've bought hand quilting thread from Connecting Threads. I believe it was YLI, but I'm not positive. I see that they only offer YLI silk right now, but maybe they are just out of stock.

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    I do feel your pain!!!! I am sort of a beginner quilter
    and I try to do things the old fashioned way if possible.
    (only I like electric sewing machines) I go into a LQS
    and ask for certain items and they do not know what
    I am talking about. But by the time I go to them
    again, I see the items that they did not have the first
    time I was there. It does get frustrating.

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