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Thread: Learning to hand piece/quilt

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    Junior Member Kryssa's Avatar
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    I have a vacation coming up and it will be my first since I've started quilting. I was thinking of learning how to hand piece so I could take a project with me.

    Where is the best resource for hand quilting online? I am starting from scratch... not sure if there are special needles, thread, stitches, ect.

    I was thinking of doing Grandmothers Flower Garden... is that a good choice?

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    I love making the Grandmother flower garden

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    GFG is a great choice for hand piecing.

    If you can find a video of Jinney Beyer demonstrating how she hand pieces (found this years ago in our library), that is the absolutely fastest way to do it. Basically she manipulates the fabric onto the needle tip -- instead of moving the needle in and out of the fabric.

    Otherwise, there seem to be a lot of hand piecing videos on Youtube that you could watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kryssa
    I have a vacation coming up and it will be my first since I've started quilting. I was thinking of learning how to hand piece so I could take a project with me.

    Where is the best resource for hand quilting online? I am starting from scratch... not sure if there are special needles, thread, stitches, ect.

    I was thinking of doing Grandmothers Flower Garden... is that a good choice?
    Not sure if you are a beginner or not but the Grandmothers flower garden is a bit daunting for a beginner. Maybe use larger hexagons. I'm an experienced quilter (some days not so!LOL) and I used the larger hexagons. I believe mine are 2.5 across. However this is a good project for lots of hand sewing. Are you going to hand sew on the seam line or are you going to piece using english paper piecing? Either way have lots of fun!

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    I have a pattern for a lovely little quilt that is hand pieced, and you quilt as you go. It is very easy to take along. If you would like, you can p.m. me and I will be glad to share it with you. Pam

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid

    Not sure if you are a beginner or not but the Grandmothers flower garden is a bit daunting for a beginner. Maybe use larger hexagons. I'm an experienced quilter (some days not so!LOL) and I used the larger hexagons. I believe mine are 2.5 across. However this is a good project for lots of hand sewing. Are you going to hand sew on the seam line or are you going to piece using english paper piecing? Either way have lots of fun!
    I am not really sure because I have no idea what English paper piecing is :)

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    oops, here is a link! Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDrTVi0jk6w

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    you could also use stamps bykate. All kinds of shapes to play with: http://www.bykate.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    you could also use stamps bykate. All kinds of shapes to play with: http://www.bykate.com/
    I like this site, love new techniques, wish I'd known about this when I started my GFG! So much less work than English paper piecing. Thanks for the link. :thumbup:

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    I have been working on a GFG for a while now. It's my take along quilt. I took it on vacation with me.

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