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Thread: one handed quilting??

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    two years ago, due to a massive stroke on the right side of my brain. left my left half of my body paralized. iwith literally two years of blood sweat and endless tears have regained every thing but the use of my left hand so,getting to my point prior to this i was an avid quilter. and i miss it has been a huge loss for me i really think that would be enormously benefical. to my recovery. not to mention to my s of well being. any helpful tips?

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    Welcome from Alabama. Hope you are able to get back into quilting.

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    What part of quilting do you like the best, piecing, hand quilting, etc.? You need a quilting buddy near by who can help you with those "2 handed" parts like cutting. I wish I lived closer.:)

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    Welcome from Louisiana:) Maybe with the use of precuts or have a friend help you cut you could then piece on your machine and have your quilts quilted for you by a Long Arm. Just some thoughts.

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    Welcome from Central California!

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    Welcome from Maryland! With all of your hard work and perseverance in getting to this point, OF COURSE you'll find a way to quilt!

    I like the pre-cuts idea, or finding a local guild with members who might be able to help.

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    so where are you maybe we could find a quilting buddy here for you

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    Hello and Welcome to the board :D:D:D
    Can your PT or OT help you with some ideas and tips?

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    oh i will i am very determined. i have figured how to do so many thing with one hand from putting on my bra by myself to tying my shoes admittdly that took some time figuring out, but i did and i will figure this out too:)

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    Hi and welcome from NE Ohio. I wish I lived close so we could sew together.

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    Hi and welcome from NE Ohio. I wish I lived close so we could sew together.

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    Hello and welcome from the Arkansas Ozarks.
    Happy quilting.

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    Hello, welcome from Oklahoma!!!

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    With your perseverance you will surely quilt, quilters are always willing to help. You need to join a quilt club or put and ad in the paper, contact adult ed. or a senior center. Best of luck to you from West Tennessee.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!

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    i would like to sincerley thank everyone for all or the great piecing ideas has anyone tried the electric rotary cutter i've seen at walmart?also i actually have 2 or 3 baby quilts pieced and basted together from before the stroke. what i really need to figure out the actual quilting should've been more specific. sorry. wondering if i could use my knee would work somehow.

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    Your knee might work to hold down the fabric. Maybe using a bigger or longer needle would have more control for hand quilting. A dowel with a rubber tip to hold under your arm to hold the fabric down.
    Or sent it to charismah(longarm quilter on this board ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimmbaune
    oh i will i am very determined. i have figured how to do so many thing with one hand from putting on my bra by myself to tying my shoes admittdly that took some time figuring out, but i did and i will figure this out too:)
    U r so determined and want to quilt so and miss it. U have just made me realize how lucky I am to b able to quilt and I sit and do nothing, so now girl with your post, it is time for me to get out of the chair and really start doing things.....u have made me realize how lucky I am to be able to quilt and just do it......u will too soon I know, thanks for the post

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    Hi there! I too have just one hand- also to a stroke. 3 years now. I just joined a quilters guild and the people were so nice. I needed someone to give me a boost- they put me on a machine, and I surpised myself! Still have much to go, but it`s a start.
    Renee

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    Sending prayers for you, hoping you are soon back to quilting!
    A long ago friend of mine had the same thing happen because of birth control pills and she started crocheting again; I have a table cover she made and its lovely.

    delma

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    Hello and Welcome to the Board from the Beautiful foothills of North Carolina. You are going to love it here.
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    I broke my left wrist a few years back and learned to use these 5" black and red clamps from Harbor Freight as my left hand. They don't take care of everything in quilting, but made it so I could continue for me 6 months of rehab.

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