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Old 01-09-2018, 10:06 AM
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I realize the number of stitches per inch when hand quilting is not the issue, but the consistency. However, I am wondering how it is counted. Is it just the stitches that show on top of the quilt or the top and bottom?
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I don't know, but I'm hoping it is top and bottom! I know that 10-12 stitches per inch is considered a good number, so if it was measured by just to top, they would be way too tiny for me to even imagine doing. Hopefully someone here will be more knowledgeable.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:25 AM
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What I was told, many, many, years ago, is the stitches on top is what is counted. I just look at my consistency, as long as my stitches look the same I'm happy.
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My understanding is that both top and bottom are counted, especially when the count is 12 stitches per inch or more.
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I am confused, as I do not hand quilt, wouldn't 1 stitch be one stitch cycle: needle through top to bottom than bottom to top then down into the top again. If you count both top and bottom, wouldn't that give you twice the count?
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Both methods of counting have been used. Which is "right" is hard to say; however, here is a link to a modern hand quilter who does say that counting the stitches on one side is the right way to go:
https://timquilts.com/2013/02/15/cou...ting-stitches/
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The Amish girls that quilt for the "popular" Pa. stores are required to do 12 per inch, and that is the top. I know one who is at 10 and cannot sell her quilts to them. She wants to do more for me for practice. I will take 10, sounds good to me.
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Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
Both methods of counting have been used. Which is "right" is hard to say; however, here is a link to a modern hand quilter who does say that counting the stitches on one side is the right way to go:
https://timquilts.com/2013/02/15/cou...ting-stitches/
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Thank you for the info and link.
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I'm so pleased to have looked at this link.... I've managed 7 stitches per inch... but i like thicker battings... and Mr Latimer emphasizes the greater importance of uniformity than stitch count! Plus...it's fun!! Happy Quilting!!!

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Both methods of counting have been used. Which is "right" is hard to say; however, here is a link to a modern hand quilter who does say that counting the stitches on one side is the right way to go:
https://timquilts.com/2013/02/15/cou...ting-stitches/
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:51 AM
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You count one side only. That's what I learned anyway. It's hard to get 12 stitches to the inch, although some people can. I can't but I think the important thing is consistency over stitch size.
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