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Thread: Hand Quilting

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    Super Member sewwhat85's Avatar
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    I have never hand quilted a bed size quilt. What would you suggest to be the best lap frame or frame to put the whole quilt on is their a brand that is better than another and what is your favorite way to mark quilt

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    Here's a link to the lap hoop I like above all others I have tried:
    http://www.keepsakequilting.com/prod...APTOP-HOOP.htm
    It is easy to tilt to any angle and there is nothing underneath to get in the way of the hand.

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    To start with, I'd use a quilting hoop - mine cost all of $4 each. For a bed size quilt a hoop about 14 inches in diameter should work fine. Remember not to have the quilt too tight in the hoop. You need some flex in order to quilt.

    I usually mark as I go along, using washable graphite pencils and chalk for dark fabric.

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    I use a lap hoop or no hoop at all- mobility is very important to me :)

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    I baste the entire quilt sandwich and use a lap hoop but mine is just the hoop by itself with no platform. I have basted with needle and thread and safety pins. I remove the basting threads or pins as I go.

    I have marked a couple of different ways. One, I starched the quilt top and marked lightly with a graphite pencil. This quilt I marked in it's entirety before quilting and the marks held up. Because of the starch the graphite marks came out when I washed it first time but I have heard sometimes graphite does not come out. Fons and porter has a special water soluble one that I have also used and it came out fine but again the top was starched before any marking.

    The one I am currently working on I mark as I go. I am using transdoodle transfer paper and the fons and porter mechanical pencil with the white lead.

    For straight lines and grids I have used painters tape or I have used my ruler and a clover chaco liner. With both of these methods I mark as I go.

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    thanks for all of the ideas i think i will have daughter baste it on the long arm and try a hoop

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    My hand quilting is done using no hoops. I start from the center out.

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