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Thread: Do you quilt by hand or by machine?

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    I am a diehard hand sewer so I prefer to quilt by hand. But using the sewing machine is so much faster! Do you quilt by hand or by machine and why?

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    had a stroke so now my works all by machine.

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    I quilt by hand most of the time, because I do it for relaxation, and I try not to be in a rush to finish.

    However, I have done some machine quilting, and found it very enjoyable - it's hard to listen to a book on tape and machine quilt at the same time, though.

    Janet

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    I know what you mean Janet. I like to sew in front of the TV.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    ... However, I have done some machine quilting, and found it very enjoyable - it's hard to listen to a book on tape and machine quilt at the same time, though.

    Janet

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    Since this is a duplicate (don't know how THAT happened!) I guess I have to say something else...and that is, there are a lot of hand quilters on this board, so you're in very good company.

    Janet

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    I quilt by machine. I've never quilted by hand. I don't think I could hold on to a needle that long cuz of RA.

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    I'm quilting by hand right now. I've been afraid of fmq, but will try it on my next project. I've also had things quilted by a laq. Kind of like doing it by hand-like others, it's something relaxing to do in front of the tv-just takes so long!

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    Both, but mostly by machine. Even if I get as old a Moses I won't live long enough to hand quilt everything I need to get quilted!!!!!

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    Depends on the project. Have recently started hand quilting and like doing it in the evening.

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    Both. I love to have hand work for in the evening in front of the tube. But it does take me a very long time to complete a HQ quilt so I also invested in a LA. Now I can pick and choose what quilts are destined for my lap hoop and what ones a destined for the LA rack. I enjoy both art forms equally. I could never quite master FMQ on my domestic machine for anything larger then 60" square.

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    I always enjoy hand quilting but do very little of it, I too will not live long enough to hand quilt all I want to do, so some goes to the longarmer and others is smaller I quilt on my machine.

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    I used to be a die hard traditionalist, wanting everything I did to be by hand.

    Well, I didnt get many things completed, so, as hard as it was, I started to do some by machine. I now have a LA and quilt for others too.

    I still love hand work and quilt some by hand, like hand applique and very special works.

    So, now, I make the decision based on the end result and who it is for. Its nice to get a quilt made, quilted and bound in time for a special event...

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    I hand quilt small projects or quilt as you go but I do love my long arm I'm still learning on it and have a ways to go but I will get there!

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    Machine mostly. I have too many very large quilts to do. Also I have joint issues so hand quilting is hard but even machine quilting, on a regular sewing machine, can be challenging on my hands. I love the look and feel of hand quilted quilts. Keep up the good work.

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    I'm still new, but I can't imagine myself ever getting into machine quilting. I'll do the piecing by machine, but I actually *like* the insane time investment of hand quilting, and I don't much care for the look of machine quilting. And on a more me-personally level, quilting time is usually evenings on the couch next to my honey. He detests the sound of the machine, so I'd miss out on a lot of excellent time spent with him if I did more machine work.

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    I only hand quilt - from lap sizes to queen sizes. It is so relaxing for me. I have machine quilted once and I did not like any part of it. My hands and my shoulders were in pain by the time I finished it. I guess I just didn't do it correctly.

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    I usually end up doing some of both on one quilt. I haven't done fmq yet, and some things just look better with a little custom hand quilting. Works for me and usually looks OK.

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    I only do hand quilting and the little bit I have to sew I also sew by hand. I love it to keep a tradition alive and I love to work with my hands. Fortunately I have the talent and the patience for it! :-)

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    I am fairly new to quilting... only one quilt to date. I machine pieced/hand quilted the first one. However, I am machine piecing and quilting the one I am now working on. It certainly is faster which is beneficial because my brain is already quilting future quilts. I am finding that machine quilting takes quite a bit of skill (of which I have yet to acquire)... one really has to be "one with the machine". I am enjoying both methods and will leave both options open.

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    Hand quilt traditional type quilts, FMQ for quilts that will be used a lot like children's and baby or if I need to finish quick.

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    I would love to try hand quilting, but my hands won't allow me to.

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    I machine quilt. You hand quilters do amazing work, and I'm not just speaking about intricate designs (which some can do) I mean even a straight stitch with even stitches, I have tried and my hand work appears uneven every time, too frustrating for me. So I'm now pretty good with fmq its fun for me and my stitches are straight....lol

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    I'm mostly a hand quilter. I've done a couple of things by machine, mostly charity quilts that require it but otherwise I hand quilt. I find handwork - no matter what type - very relaxing. I'm able to do it while watching TV with DH so I still get sewing done while he's home. I usually reserve my machine sewing for when he's out so we have what few waking hours together when we're not doing something else.

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    I hand quilt without a hoop or frame of any kind. I tried hoops and hated them.

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    I have tried machine quilting but I like hand quilting much better. To me it is more relaxing, you can stop and start easier and to me it looks nice.

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