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Thread: Quilt top vs quilting joy?

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    Super Member Elisabrat's Avatar
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    Ok I am going to admit it in print. I LOVE making quilt tops and absolutely HATE the quilting part. Am I alone? I go all bang up on making the tops, hours, I never get tired then when it comes to putting them to the backs, and quilting.. I dread it. I wait til the last minute. Any suggestions on how to make it .. fun? I could make a queen sized top each month or two twins no issue.. not very warm those tops. Nor are they exciting to receive I think.

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    Not at all! :D Piecing is always the best part for me. Choosing colors and patterns - seeing your vision coming to life. It's exciting and fun.

    Once I've got the top finished, the rest seems almost chorelike at times. Especially the binding, which I absolutely DETEST.

    I don't know how to make it more fun but I'll be checking this thread for ideas. I tried FMQ on my last quilt and I did find that to be more fun than just ditch stitching.

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    I'm right there with you too. Right now I have 2 large and 2 small quilts ready to finish. Instead, I join swaps and start new projects.

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    I can relate to that. I tried something different with this last one. I am almost done a lap qult for a gf who is a breast cancer survivor. I did part of the quilting by machine, now I am handquilting the block centres. Kind of a nice change as I can work on it and still spend an evening with my hubby. A little less monotonous than all machine quilting...and adds a little more character. This also allows me to have more than one project going...I have piecing going on in the sewing room, and finishing in the LR.

    Patti

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    I can get the tops done, and then do hand quilting with the ladies at church and we can get them done! It helps doing them with friends!

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    I'm like you - love the piecing, but hate the quilting!! Even with the frame my DH made me, it's still a 'chore'!
    I tend to put it off until I can't anymore.
    I also love doing the binding! I hand sew the back part while watching movies on Lifetime or Hallmark channels! :wink:

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    I am not a hand quilter......... lucky me I have two girl friends who have longarm quilters......
    I keep saying that I am going to do a quilt as you go & at least quilt one quilt by hand....... It is just so much easier to have one of my friends do the quilting. :oops:
    I just never got that rocking motion down.... when it come to the hand quilting......... Have thought about getting an Aunt Becky and try that.
    Scrap Quilter

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    Not a hand quilter at all!!!! Bindings are hard enough for me to complete!!

    I have a new toy, a Mega Quilter maching with the Inpira frame and hopefully I can master that well enough to help me quilt my 10+ tops!!!!

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    Gosh, I'm not the only one. I figure it's all ok though, if I were to die just the tops done, I'd still have something to "give". If I concentrate all my efforts on the total thing, I'd get bogged down. So for now, I have a pile of tops, but that is better than a pile of scraps!

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    I must be then the only one who hates the top part, but love the quilting. I make tops because otherwise I don't have abything to quilt, even though I am about to jump into a whole cloth quilt.

    Maria

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