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    thanks for the tip (for newbees) to use a printed back! i brought one of those preprinted white designs, aprox 30x30. got caught up in the buying frenzy of a show, i've never handquilted before. i had planned to use a running stitch, but it seems to me you'd get a lot of "blank" spaces. what is a nice and easy and neat looking stitch for a busy panel? also, what brand hand quilting thread and batting do you guys out there prefer? THANKS!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonshine
    mp speedy,
    The reason for advising to do a print back is for beginner's. If the work isn't perfect, it doesn't matter as much. As you progress, you willl most likely prefer the solid backs. That is one thing I wish I had known when I first started. All of my learning mistakes showed on my first few. I did not know to start off with a patterned back for learning............But, I do love the look of the stitches to show now that I am better.
    I guess it just depends on your skill levels.......LOL :)
    Since this is my first quilt, and I knew I would have to go through the learning process to do it, I put that on a label that I cross-stitched and incorporated into the top corner block. It say clearly, "My First Quilt" then my name and stuff. My daughter (intended recipient) commented that she is so happy that I put that on there, so she can always claim to her siblings that OBVIOUSLY she was the most important child, as she got the first quilt!

    Actually, I'm glad I put that label on there for me. It's like seeing my learning history in each stitch. You can see the progress.

    I'm also getting faster, although I can see that the word "fast" is really relative when it comes to hand quilting!

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    Have have begun sewing a pocket on my quilt back before I sandwich my layers. Then after the quilt is finished I write/or type my name and info onto a piece of cardstock. I laminate the card and slide it into the pocket. It can be taken out to clean the quilt or wall hanging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonshine
    Have have begun sewing a pocket on my quilt back before I sandwich my layers. Then after the quilt is finished I write/or type my name and info onto a piece of cardstock. I laminate the card and slide it into the pocket. It can be taken out to clean the quilt or wall hanging.
    Thats a great idea....knowing me..I'd loose the card though :roll: :oops:

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    I haven't crawled under a quilt frame since I was 4 and asked my grandma if I could help tie the quilt she had on the frame. I had to poke the needle down from the top, then crawl under to push it up through the quilt again...but I think I did more playing under the 'tent' than I did tying the quilt. What memories! Oh, and now my sister in Montana has Grandma's quilt frame. And, yes, she quilts...when she isn't teaching elementary school!

    Jojo


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    I'm laughing at your comment about the first daughter 'being the most important'...Each of my kids tell me "I'm you favorite", at which point I tell them I have 5 favorite children...and now also 5 favorite grandchildren!

    Jojo

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo47
    I'm laughing at your comment about the first daughter 'being the most important'...Each of my kids tell me "I'm you favorite", at which point I tell them I have 5 favorite children...and now also 5 favorite grandchildren!

    Jojo
    Well, I know for sure that I was my Mom's favorite (and no...I was not an only child)...thats my story and I'm sticking to it!!! :lol:

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    Your only doing what the rest of us do some strange things some times
    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA :thumbup:

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    You all are making it sound so wonderful to hand quilt. I bought a quilting frame and just made my first quilt.

    I tried to hand quilt and there is no way I could do it. My friend came over and watched, and tried showing me how to hand quilt.

    I actually BROKE THE NEEDLE IN HALF!!! She said, "Well, this is a first. Never saw that done before." And we had a good laugh.

    So I guess I'll try machine quilting. She doesn't explain things very well so there has to be something I'm obviously not doing correctly. :?

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    Dragon, Try watching one of the many many videos on hand quilting on youtube. I do tend to bend my needles when I hand quilt, but I haven't broken one...yet.... :lol: Good luck!

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    Dragon, I broke my first hand quilting needle too...and the second and seriously bent the third.

    Took me a little while to get the hang of it, but I so enjoy it. Sandpat is completely right. If you go to youtube.com, you can find videos on all aspects of quilting. The handquilting and binding videos are some of my favorites.

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    :lol: Sandpat, you remind me of one of my girls...and I mean that in the most fun sense!

    Jojo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon223
    You all are making it sound so wonderful to hand quilt. I bought a quilting frame and just made my first quilt.

    I tried to hand quilt and there is no way I could do it. My friend came over and watched, and tried showing me how to hand quilt.

    I actually BROKE THE NEEDLE IN HALF!!! She said, "Well, this is a first. Never saw that done before." And we had a good laugh.

    So I guess I'll try machine quilting. She doesn't explain things very well so there has to be something I'm obviously not doing correctly. :?
    I can identify with this. When my elderly aunt came over, she brought her frame for me to use, and showed me how to set it up. Then we sat down and she showed me how to hand quilt.

    It took me several hours to get the hang of it. First my stitches were way too big, she laughed at me and said, "I could hang my toes in those stitches!!!"

    I argued with her, thinking it would be SO much easier to jab the needle up and down through the fabric, but she was patient. She had me try it, and then we both crawled under the frame and she showed me that it wasn't as pretty. And yes, I did have to help her up!

    After the 2nd DAY of quilting, I finally got to where I could do it fairly reliably.

    But all this effort was really worth it. Hand quilting has to be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things I have ever learned to do. Please do try it again and try for a longer amount of time. Be patient with yourself!

    In our world today of instant gratification, sometimes we don't allow our hands to learn the technique. But it is well worth it in this case.

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    Thank you all so much for responding to my plight on hand quilting. I only tried a few stitches one day, and a few the next so I guess I really didn't give it long enough. You've convinced me to try again. :lol:

    (By the way, I just set up my user ID to post the original concern and I put DragonFLY223). Somehow the "fly" part got left off. Tried to go back and change it to no avail). Can you all tell I'm new to so much of this? :shock:

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    No you ar not the only one that does it. I always look to make sure I don't have any puckers,or other mishaps I don't see from the top.Also I want to see how the back is looking too :)

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    Watch "How to Make An American Quilt" There are viewpoints from under the quilting frame. This just makes good sense if you can do it.

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    I look all the time also. I found that it made me more aware to be sure that all my stitches get all the way through to the back side. I don't miss nearly as many now as when I first started hand quilting. Love it!

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    As a hand quilter I spend as much time looking at the back as the front. I have started making smaller projects and using a hoop. I had a plateau tibia fracture and now cannot even get down on the floor and looks like recovery is several year out because of my age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motomom
    OK, confession time.

    Am I the only person who is weird enough to crawl around on the floor under my quilting frame to look at how the hand quilting is turning out on the backside? This is my first quilt, and it looks so beautiful and different on the other side!
    Still laughing at this one! I mean I'm laughing with you - not at you. I quilt on a Grace 3 rail frame, and yes I do get down under to see the back side. So do both of my kids, my husband and the cat and dog have both been known to take a peek. If your like me, you surely don't want any surprises when your quilt comes off the rails.

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    I don't have a big frame now but I always did that too, when I had my large frame. Now, I just flip it over and look at the back every time I move my PVC hoop.. It's hard for me to put a print on the back of any quilts because you can't see the quilting as well. I use muslin or very plain fabric for my backs because I enjoy the backs as much as the front. I'm a hand quilter and I agree it's very relaxing and I love doing it. I don't know if I could hand it over to someone else to quilt, their my babies.

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    hi jcl, what batting and threads do you like the most for your handquilting? i'm a beginner starting on one of those preprinted muslin wholecloths. i was going to use a running stitch, but dont like the "spaces". what stitch(s) would you suggest? thanks for any hand quilt advice you can give!!

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    Hi Peabee, from g shaver. I am a handquilter too and have been since 1983. If cost is an issue I use a batting with some or all polyester, make sure you can feel that it has some bonding otherwise you may eventually get what is called bearding after constant use ( the batting will start coming through the seams). Mountain mist or fairfield is a good inexpensive batting, use a low loft, easier to quilt through. For me cotton needle punched batting work really well, although wool is the best for hand quilting, but more expensive. I know many people try to save money on the inexpensive batting walmart carries, It is way too loose. There is a site I believe called BattyLady. She has cotton needle punched mountain mist which is great. but you want the needlepunched side facing the backing and the side the needles come through on the top side. Also the size of needle has something to do with size of spaces and size of stitches I use a 12 or a 10, nothing larger. I also rock my needle. But it is what ever works for you. I know some people use the stab method I wish I could do that because I still struggle through multiple seams and have to take one stitch at a time when I come to a bulky seam. I the smaller needles I get about 10 or 11 stitches to the inch, but I still have spaces, you will with handqulting. I like to be able to see that it is hand quilted otherwise I would machine quilt. Which I have to confess I am finally going to learn.

    I know you will also get many good ideas from others on this site. I just started a couple weeks ago and love this board.

    Hope this helps.


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    g shaver, thanks for so much info on batting and needles! yes, there are many, many great ideas from the creative folks on this site!!


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    I laughed outloud when reading your note, but I suppose I'd be right there if I used a frame. I have only a hoop.

    I'm just doing my first hand quilted project, and I'm working toward developing stitches that are equal on both sides. You all make it sound like that might be a joke!

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    I only have a hoop, but I like to turn it over from time to time. The one I am making for my cat has fish outlines. It is coming out really cute on BOTH sides.

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