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Thread: I love quilting but I hate making tops

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    Super Member AshleyR's Avatar
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    I know I can't be the only one out there.... I really really dislike making tops. I will be the first to admit that I'm not the very best at it, but I can do it. I'm pleased with the results but I hate the process. So much that I'm going to go ahead and say it aloud: I HATE making quilt tops and I'm not going to do it again ever.

    I love quilting. I love hand-quilting and I'm good at it. I am having fun practicing machine quilting, but I'm not good at it at all (yet!). I would love to quilt for hire but who can afford a hand-quilter??! My dream is to partner up with someone who loves to piece and she/he makes the tops and bastes them (ha) and I quilt them. :)

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    Super Member May in Jersey's Avatar
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    Sounds like a good plan, hope you find a quilting partner.

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    I rather make runners,toppers anything other than tops

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    Lots of people hire hand quilting ... I am one of them.
    To be honest, the rates are not all that different (in this area) between the two options.

    If you enjoy hand quilting so much ... do a full top with LOTS of intricate quilting on it! That'll keep you busy for sometime!!

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    Wow Ashley, I wish we were neighbors!! I love to make quilt tops and hate to quilt! We'd make a good team. I have 3 tops made and folded up for when I get better at machine quilting or have time for handquilting. As for piecing, the more difficult the block pattern, the more I love it.

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    I love to make tops!! Sometimes I get top happy and just keep going. I enjoy the whole process actually, just wish hand quilting went faster :roll:

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    i'm thinking that there must be someone who loves to sew quilt tops but can't afford the materials, etc. and would do it just for the joy of the sewing process. perhaps you could find such a person to sew/piece the quilt that you choose. then you can get the top back and hand quilt it yourself. do you belong to a guild? you might find such a local person there. or try a girl scout troupe or high school home ec class. just some thoughts.

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    I love to make tops! I look forward to quilting them so that I can start another one!

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    I LOVE to make the tops, but drag my heels when it comes to quilting them. I guess it's because I'm a handquilter & it does take me a long time to finish them.

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    i wish you were closer i love making tops but dont realy love quilting them (i dont like basting eather) but if you whant we could do a swap some time.

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