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Thread: Counting stitches by hand quilters

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    I wanna know.....how do you count the hand stitches? Is up and down one stitch, or is up one stitch and down another stitch? I want to see those 12 stitches to the inch if it is up and down, but I guess I would need a magnifying glass. :lol:

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    When I took a hand quilting class they said the stitches were counted by putting a ruler down beside the stitching and counting all the stitches that lay within one inch, including those that touch the inch on the ends. That's what I was told, anyway. :-o

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    Norah...Check out the site I gave to Steve earlier on the one he posted....she has great info and she shows you those stitches as well. I have not reached the 14 to an inch that she shows...so don't sweat it! :D

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    I have to see this..can you give the link here. can you see them? :roll:

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    http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/pac_ctnt_988/text/0,,HGTV_22056_58466,00.html Here it is ...just click onto the hints and then open up Didi McElroys Handquilting programs...it is in the first one.

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    I'm so disappointed! I use Apple computers or a library's. The Simply Quilts webiste (and a lot of others) are not compatable with Apples, and I cannot hear from the library's computers!.

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    Hey Norah,
    How's it?? My sister told me it was the number of loops on the needle, now I don't know about you, but I use the quilting betweens to hand sew everything with, they are the sharpest and they are small. I know I won't be able to for long with arthur and my eyes, but I sure like those needles. ANYWAY, I've not been able to get more than 7 loops on, Sheila (my sister) used to get 9 and 10, but I like seeing the thread loops in the quilt, don't you???

    Sorry you couldn't stay the other morning for chat, we had a good one. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow!

    Hugs,
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    Finally sitting down to a DSL good time with the quilt show. I learned a lot and need to thank you for steering me in the right direction ladies. Seems I'm not doing half bad after all, and have already learned a trick or two from the shows. Very cool... ten an inch (an even Steven).

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    I couldn't get it to load and I have DSL! LOL Oh well, I have only handquilted one small project and after doing that, realize I do NOT have that kind of patience! And I'm with Sharon....Arthur and eyes don't help matters in that department!

    But I did go check some of my MIL's quilts I have and she is at about 10 an inch.

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    I got the site to load but yes lots of spam. Got disusted and closed....
    I don't exactly know how many per inch, but they are small . I concentrate on even no matter how many there are per......tlcquiltnut

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    I have been hand quilting a quilt on an off for months. Some days my stitches are better than others. I'm not planning on entering my quilt in a competition so I don't really care if it's perfect, it's just fun to do. I'd say I average around 7 stitches an inch. Part of that is because I mistakenly chose batiks (with a tighter weave) and I am not using wool as a batting (which I've been told is like quilting through butter). I used 80/20.

    I recently saw a vintage quilt and it was just astonishing with 12 stitches per inch (I got a ruler and measured because it was so unbelievable). It was a huge quilt and absolutely perfect. So it can be done --- but not by me! :P Good luck to you if you have the patience!

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    I've found places on the net that claim both front and back are counted and wonder if that is how the claims of "20 per inch" on some of the Amish quilts happens?

    http://www.quiltersreview.com/article.asp?article=/tip/expert/011126_b.asp

    Either way I think what is most important is an even stitch. I'm going to try the "Thimble Lady's" hand quilting method next (even though I donít have one of her thimbles) and see if it gets tighter, though will continue as is on the current project since Iím happy with the look.

    Does anyone here have one of her thimbles and if so, what do you think? Lot of bucks Iím thinking.

    http://www.thimblelady.com/

    I donít really have hand pain when I quilt; otherwise Iíd probably not do it at all:

    http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/pac_ctnt_988/text/0,,HGTV_22056_58466,00.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    20 per inch??? You sure??? Whew!
    Yes, and that's what makes me believe the count (at least in this instance) was both front and back. I mean really if people still count differently, like the one site I posted, I'm sure the past was probably the same.

    I'm happy with the look of eight an inch (one side!).

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    Dear Norah,

    I have always hand-quilted my quilts and have always had the same concerns about it that most folks seem to. I spent years fretting about it until I realized that it just simply doesn't matter that much.

    Stitches that are small enough to fill their primary function which is to support and stablize the layers is good enough, at least to that extent.

    Small is fine; even is better and is now my first aim..also realizing that "even" should include the larger stitch size that comes when you are stitching thru a seam line,with extra layers of fabric to contend with. Stitches 1/8" long, or slightly less suit me just fine.

    Besides, I've always thought the larger stiitches look cool and more "quilterly". With crippled hands, I'd rather focus my forces on perfect piecing; that's a battle I CAN win. Hope this helps.

    Mary

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