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Thread: Hand Quilting in Floor Frame

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    Power Poster Ninnie's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by majormom
    quiltingstencils .com is an awesome site :thumbup: I've come to the conclusion that I am no free hand quilter. Not even meandering! I have decided to use stencils for EVERYTHING - and finally accomplish something that looks half way near decent. I'm so disgusted today, I shouldn't even be online :thumbdown: So I'll get off.
    i had to just giggle when reading this. I have had so many days like this, sewing a seam wrong, twice lol, or cutting out 30 squares, only to find out they were 1/2 in too small. And , after throwing temper tantrum, driving 1 1/2 hrs back to fabric shop to buy more material. And i do admit, i have not conquered machine quilting yet, lol. Sometimes we just have to walk away, and try again later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckbere15
    Your hand work is stunning. I tried to hand quilt once, but with the MS, I don't have the control or strength. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.
    Chuck, I use this nifty tool I bought at Harbor Freight for $1.50, it is a pair of needle nosed pliers that have a turned up end, and are spring loaded. I got a pair at Tractor Supply also.

    I push the needle through and then use the pliers to pull it out. It works well and there is no stress on my hands or wrists. Try it!

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    GREAT job!! Thank you SEW much for posting, Ninnie. :)

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    Great tut, thank you, up to now I have only quilted in straight lines, seeing how you do your stencil patterns, I am definately going to try this now.

    Gal

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    Ninnie, I was not a member when you started the whole tutorial. But when I clicked on your post tonight I went back to the beginning and read all. I want to add my thanks to the others for taking the time to share your method. You explained the steps so well, I understood everything you presented. I've never seen anyone quilt from start to finish so this was very enlightening to me. So many tips I hope I can remember.(of course I bookmarked in case I can't) I plan to start my first quilt this week so your first "episode" about cutting and chain sewing and organizing in plastic baggies will be helpful to me right away. jean

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    Wow thanks am about to do my first one.

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    I am fairly new to handquilting - what type of batting do you use? What's the best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandraD
    I am fairly new to handquilting - what type of batting do you use? What's the best?

    i like using Hobbs 100% cotton batting. i usually use the unbleached, unless i am having a white backing, and then i will use the white. I love the way it feels when u needle it. and i like the old fashioned look of a hand quilted quilt after it has been washed. I only use all cotton in my tops also. and i use cotton covered poly quilting thread usually, but using an all cotton thread for this one. There have been sever debates on which brand of thread is the best. I have almost always used Coats@Clark.
    However, if u r making a wall hanging, and want it to stand out more, u can use a high-loft poly batting
    I started a wall hanging today lol and that is what i am using for the batting

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    Great to see your posting again. You are an inspiration. Wishing you continued quilting success.
    Love your scrappy quilt.

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    Is there any reason the stencil markings couldn't also be
    used for machine quilting, using a walking foot?
    Thanks.

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