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Thread: Do you hand piece?

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    Do you hand piece?

    I have a book that I am reading right now to learn hand piecing.

    Quilting by Hand (Author: Jinny Beyer)

    I also watched a video with Jinny Beyer and wow does she go fast. She only hand piece and hand quilt. (She never uses a sewing machine)

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    I mostly hand piece. I just finished an apple core that I hand pieced and hand quilted. I also hand pieced and quilted a double wedding ring for both of my kids when they got married.

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    That is a great book. Jinny Beyert does wonderful hand piecing and hand quilting. But her color selelction is so good.

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    Please post some pictures of your quilts for show and tell!

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    I have never posted pictures but I will give it a try.
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    Again, one word....NO. That's what machines are for!! LOL

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    I do both.

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    Kudos to you, Teresa T. Your quilts are beautiful.

    I have hand pieced. The first quilt class I took the teacher had us do everything in kind of an old fashion way. We used templates, sandpaper and hand pieced and quilted a table topper.

    I think for some quilts (curved), it is actually easier than trying to do it on a machine.

    I gave my mom that table topper and another all done by machine. She uses (& washes) both regularly and the hand pieced one has held up as good as the machine one.

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    I like to do both. I keep the hand pieced in a tote to take with me to the VA hospital, riding in the car or any other time I am sitting idol. I get about 3 machine finished quilts to every one I piece by hand. I always hand quilt everything except the smaller doll quilts.

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    TeresaT, I love your quilts, thanks for sharing with us

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    Awesome, I am learning to hand piece.

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    The first quilt I started on when I began quilting is hand pieced, as I didn't have a sewing machine at that point.

    I now have a sewing machine, but I'm going to keep on hand piecing that particular quilt, as I started that way. I enjoy it, but I'm not very fast at it :) Obviously need to put more time into working on it!

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    I do both , too . I am hand piecing a project now . Can't say anything more right now . Annie

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    Absolutely fabulous quilts, what a treat to see these, thankyou for sharing, such an inspiration for me to learn more and keep quilting!

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    I do both, almost finished with a melon quilt that was so much easier to hand piece...doing the quilting now. it is very relaxing

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    I do both, but some patterns, only hand piecing seems to go together best. I use to do everything by hand but I have started doing some things on the machine. I always machine stitch sashing and borders.

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    I am still practicing on my hand piecing!

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    If you count "rip time" (as compared to "rip tide"...pretty basically the same principal...carried out to sea by a mistake! :lol: ) I can hand piece almost faster than I can machine piece...and it's more accurate. I rip a LOT more when sewing by machine...

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    No I don't hand-piece...my hands won't allow it. I sure do admire those that do though. :D

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    Well, because I don't do patchwork I only piece length of fabric together for a wholecloth - and I do it by hand. Sewing machines are not my best friends!

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    I hand piece English paper piecing quilts, but they are tacked (basted) over papers, and then put right sides together and whip stitched. I don't think I would want to sew patches together just with running stitches. I know there are one or two quilters sewing their Janes by hand, though I have no idea how they are going to cope with some of the smaller pieces, I doubt if they will get two stitches in!

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    I have been working on a Grandmothers Flower Garden for a fre YEARS, lo, and that is the only one Ive hand pieced. Its nice to grab and go!
    Teresa, your quilts are AWESOME!

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    I do both. Like to hand piece in the evenings while watching TV with DH. I am also working on GFG. (among other things!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    No I don't hand-piece...my hands won't allow it. I sure do admire those that do though. :D
    Me too!

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