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    Quote Originally Posted by jquilt214 View Post
    I hand quilt and do not care for machine or long arm quilting on my pieced quilts. I think that it is a disgrace to machine quilt on somthing that you take all the time to construct. I quilt with a group of quilters that wouldn't do it any other way
    You sound like my father. He had a fit when he saw machine quilting on a quilt. He is gone now but he made cathedral window quilts for each of us four daughters. They are beautiful and what a treasure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burchquilts View Post
    Start small. By that I meant don't try a full-sized quilt for your first project. My first project was a doll quilt & I worked my way up from there. It's super relaxing & addictive!
    Ha! Now you tell me!!! My first quilt, which I'm almost finished with, is a king size hand pieced and hand quilted. I never do anything the easy way. Jump in with both feet and just go for it. It is turning out really nice. I'm going to CA next week (for a quilt shop hop swith two of my sisters) and hope to have it finished to take to show my 94 yr old mother who is an avid hand quilter. She's so sweet...she'll just say it is wonderful!

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    I hand quilt and love it.
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    "DO IT YOUR WAY",
    you do not have to follow anyones rules.
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    I don't hand quilt very often but when I do I like the Big Stitch using DMC Pearl Cotton thread. Actually I just started one tonight. I am hand quilting a Double Wedding Ring quilt made with flower sacks.
    We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.

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    Lots of good advice here - I have been hand quilting for a long long time and have recently started to machine quilt on my domestic machine. I like and respect both methods - they each suit different quilts/situations. My advice is to second those who have said to relax and enjoy the process - it gives me a great excuse for movie marathon sessions while i am busy handquilting. I will say to keep quilt a bit loose in the hoop helps a lot - also I find a cushion under my arm to help too. Have a good time on your new adventure!!

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    Hand Quilters

    Hello Michelle. I have been doing hand quilting for over 40 years. First, let me say if you can sew a seam or a curve, you can quilt! As a newbie to this craft, I suggest you may want to start on a small project first. I would suggest a a place mat made of of scraps. Once you get into the hang of hand quilting, you will find it is one of the most relaxing activities you can do! I wish you well in your endeavor and if you would like to talk with me more, please email me ..... [email protected] ... Blessings to you and yours.

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    I use a thimble on my middle finger and cut off ends of cheap rubber gloves on my index finger to help pull the needle through.

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    I hand quilt and it is very relaxing. It wasn't very relaxing in the beginning when I worried about the stitch size and being consistent but now I just sew away. I do not sew on the machine because it hurts my back and I don't always cut my pieces out with a rotary cutter because of backaches but I just love the process. I have made chair covers, cat beds, place mats and I wash them up and use them over and over again. They hold up great. I love making smaller projects. I make a lot of lap quilts and give them away to people. My first project is about 12 years old and has been washed repeatedly and is still good; maybe a little faded.
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    I keep a rubber finger on my index finger to help pull the needle thru when it gets tight in the quilt. When I put on my thimble I put on my red finger too. Can't quilt without it.
    Blessed are the quilters, for they are the piecemakers.

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    I hand quilt too. My advise is to relax and enjoy the process. It is sooo relaxing and rewarding. Don't put your quilt in a hoop tight. It has to be kinda loose.

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    Someone on this Board told us to thread a few needles at a time, and how to do it. Leave your thread attached to the spool and thread a needle, then take another needle and thread it right after the first one - now you have two needles on the spool - keep on threading more needles on that same piece of thread that is still attached to the spool. Now take the cut end of the thread and one needle and pull the thread for as long as you need it - leaving all of the other threaded needles still on your pin cushion. When you're ready for another needle, pull it and the thread, leaving the rest still on the pin cushion.

    Maybe everyone already knew this, but I sure didn't. What a great idea!
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    I don't even know how to machine quilt. I have only hand quilted for the last 35 years. All previous suggestions are excellent. I never knew about threading extra needles (by pal), I am going to have to try that. Hand quilting is very soothing. I also like to put on the marathon tv shows. Like everyone is saying, find what works for you, and enjoy!

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