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Thread: Calling all hand quilters

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    So now here I am with quilt in a hoop frame all ready to get it quilted. Read all the instructions and since I am a very experienced hand embroidery person feel like quilting should not be impossible. But seems to me I must not be doing something right because when I push the needle back up thru------------the needle comes up way too far from where I want it to be. So what is wrong.......................wondering if the quilt has to be a little loose in the frame?

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    yes, don't have it too tight. Just keep practicing, before you know it your stitches will be getting smaller.

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    Yes the quilt has to be loose in the frame. I prefer to use hoop but to each his owne!!

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    Wow you guys are quick-----I just posted this. I think I will buy a smaller hoop to see if that helps. Just as soon as the snow and ice here in Hot Atlanta goes away. I am beginning to think Atlanta is joining the great white north!

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    how much snow and ice is on the ground?

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    No need for a smaller hoop unless it is more comfortable for you. I have 14" I think. What I like to do is once my sandwich is in the hoop, before I tighten the screw I run my fist around the entire inner circumference of the hoop on the backside giving the fabric sandwich a bit of a push. I then lay the hoop down on a flat surface (I use my coffee table) right side up. I then "test" the tauntness of it by placing my open hand in the middle. There should be enough give that your open palm hand and splayed fingers laying flat easily touches the hard surface. You do not want it taunt like a hand embroidery hoop. Once I do that I tighten up my hoop. If I am quilting away and still having problems I will make it even looser.

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    Hi: I am a hand quilter and have been for about 3 years. I quilt with a group and we use the frame with post. I had problems when I first started. The other quilters insisted I use a small needle. Quilting needle size 9 or 10.......I am now able to control the length of my stitches.......Hope this is helpful for you.

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    I prefer not to use a hoop. I find that it helps a lot.

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    I use a hoop and have to loosen the quilt sandwich so that the needle can rock up and down during quilting. I'll have to try feline's test. I also use a small quilting needle. Since I learned embroidery as a child, I had lots of rethinking to do to get hand quilting but I love it now.

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    I use a small needle also- my favorite is a 10. Sometimes I don't use a hoop either. Lately I haven't used it on my current quilt and it's going along great.

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    Just to add my two cents: Hand Quilting needs practice. It will need some time until you find the right tension of the quilt in your hoop, the best needle size ( I perfer a #11)and the technique you want. Try different tools and ways to quilt and just practice! Eveness is more important than the stitch length, this will probably change with practice. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    I prefer not to use a hoop. I find that it helps a lot.
    I don't use a hoop either. I learned to hand quilt without one and then could never could get the hang of using a hoop or frame at all.

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    all great advice...The other thing i'll add is when i push my needle down thru the fabric, I push it back up almost immediately....and get my rocking motion going. I will also say that i like cotton batting better because my needle seems to fall thru poly battings (like mountain mist).

    I also use a size 10 needle, needles shorter than that, i have a hard time holding on to.

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    Just a thought mammafank, what about giving this a try: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-89083-1.htm I am a starter hand quilter and I needed practise and a quilting friend suggested "Big stitc quilting" terrific exercise and feel more confident now :-D

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    And what makes those pretty is that the stitches are even....I think that's the most important part, working on making stitches even. But, i quilt in a couple different quilting groups, everyone's stitching is different, but in the end, the project still looks great and the fun is unbeatable!!

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    I would recommend not too small a hoop - I use a large oval.

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    Thanks for all the tips. I loved the large stitch quilting as it was just so visible and the quilt I am making is a folk art so that might actually look pretty good and I am sure I can do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    how much snow and ice is on the ground?
    We have about 4-5 inches here in Monroe area. More snow than ice here. But Atlanta has been brought to a stand still. There is a certain comfort in being snowed in----stay in the warm flannel pants, sit in front of the fireplace and sip lots of warm drinks and no reason to go anywhere. Being retired means it really does not matter at all.

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    I also like the large stitch. I haven't done it yet but I think it would be fun to do!
    And if you are a beginning hand quilter it seems that it would be a good way to practice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I also like the large stitch. I haven't done it yet but I think it would be fun to do!
    And if you are a beginning hand quilter it seems that it would be a good way to practice!!
    This was my first attempt and I am chuffed with it, so quick as well.

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    I agree. I haven't used a hoop for years, but you need to be very careful that the backing is tight. Good luck. You'll love it and it's very relaxing once you're comfortable with it.

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    did i read your intial post correctly. You have never hand quilted and you hooped up a real quilt and started without having hand quilted before. This is not good. You need to practice first until you feel comfortable with hand quilting and then go to the real thing.

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    This link may help you figure out what size hoop will work best for you.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2042382_use-quilting-hoop.html

    From my experience, most hand quilters will use a 14" hoop. I hope this helps.

    Harry Barnett

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I also like the large stitch. I haven't done it yet but I think it would be fun to do!
    And if you are a beginning hand quilter it seems that it would be a good way to practice!!
    This was my first attempt and I am chuffed with it, so quick as well.
    I love that block---does it have a name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    did i read your intial post correctly. You have never hand quilted and you hooped up a real quilt and started without having hand quilted before. This is not good. You need to practice first until you feel comfortable with hand quilting and then go to the real thing.
    The very first quilt I ever made I hooped and hand quilted. I think it is neat to see the improvements as I went a long, I am buy no means great at it but have already done about 8 quilts. And other people seen to like them.

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