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Thread: Does anyone not do large quilts because

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    I to, only make bed sized quilts! Yep, I put them together and either they go to the long arm lady or they get tied! I once made a quilt for a friend that was so large I thought it could cover the city I live in! That one also went to the long arm lady, yep costed a lot to be quilted but, the satisfaction I see when I give it away is priceless!

    I have made placemats, and table runners.....I like to do that in between quilts.

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    I do big quilts and the occasional little cute art thingy..but mostly king size as I love to put them on my beds. I also make single size...I even have Christmas Quilts lol.

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    I've only done 4 quilts that I can think of that aren't at least twin sized, 3 were baby quilts and one is a lap quilt. I usually do them queen size. I just have this mindset that I am making them for beds so, they need to be large.

    I recently got a long arm so I don't have to have them quilted by someone else and someday I'll be good enough to do my "better" quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosyhf
    I do big quilts and the occasional little cute art thingy..but mostly king size as I love to put them on my beds. I also make single size...I even have Christmas Quilts lol.
    That is a beautifu quilt! Make me feel like Christmas is here!

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    At one time I had packed all the Christmas fabric up to donate.

    That same week a lady came and brought me three quilts to quilt on the LA and they were all made out of CF and they were stunning.

    I was like, oohhhhhhh and I promptly pulled all those boxes right back in and started C. Quilts lol.

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    Yep!! Me!!

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    If you are using fabric from your LQS and they can use it as a sample to sell their fabrics, they may be willing to have it quilted in exchange. One of my LQS wanted a top I had made and I told them if they quilted it they could hang it. They do rent out a midarm machine in the shop.

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    One of the ladies in my quilt group quilts her large quilts in sections, then puts the sections together. If you can locate instructions for quilting by the block, that is the method she uses. I've not done this, but her quilts sure are nice.

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    Mostly I tie my quilts. Don't get me wrong the quilted ones that all of you ladies sew are beautiful. I just love the feel of a tied quilt.....soft and fluffy just as my Grandma made for years.

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    I end up quilting with my check book. I take it to a long arm quilter. I know it is spendy but so is quilting.

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    Interesting thread. I also made a King size as a 1st quilt, not knowing any better! But then started sending Q&K size to a long arm quilter. Have made every size from miniature to too many K size.

    I simply ran out of room. Our retirement house is small & there's no room for more quilts.The DDs & Grkids all have a couple each.I usually make sofa throws & miniatures.

    If I'm asked about making a bed size quilt, I 'm happy to do so, if they want to buy fabric & send to a long arm quilter.No one has took me up on it.
    Quilts are not cheap,but ppl are really amazed when they figure actual cost.

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    Love your wording "spendy"! Really great (and so true!).

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    I have done queen sized flannel quilts for all my adult married children. They were fleece on the other side and hand tied. I also made one for myself that the dogs have ruined from jumping on the bed ( great dane & a rottie mix, you try telling them to stay off the bed). I don't make big ones any more because I have no one else to make them for. I find table runners are greatly enjoyed by my kids; my DIL has them for all seasons, and she uses them all the time. Also make small ones for any little ones who come along.

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    I only make small quilts--the biggest I have made is a lap quilt. I get tired of working on the quilts quickly and like to move onto new things. I find that I can do my own machine quilting on smaller pieces much easier and I actually finish the quilts.

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    look up HCarpinini on this board. She does beautiful quilting at reasonable prices.

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    I am in the middle of making 2 king sized quilts for our bedroom. I do the tops and take them to a quilter who has done my previous king sized quilt. I wish I had the space and ability to do the project from start to finish hopefully some day.

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    I made three bed quilts, only quilted one, sent the others out to be quilted.
    I dont have the storage for a lot of big quilts. Three is plenty for me, besides it is very expensive to make large quilts.
    I learn so much more with doing a variety of lap size quilts. Which make great gifts and get used more.
    My friend makes king size only and has an extra bedroom where she stacks them all on the bed. It works for her but not for me. She also sends them out for quilting.

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    Since handquilting is the thing I like the most I was a handquilter for hire for years. I have a round floor hoop set up in my ground floor sitting room and one in my clubbed basement. I could usually finish a queen size quilt in about six weeks just by working on it for two or three hours in the evening watching TV with my spouse. I also always have a smaller portable project ready to take with me to Bees, on vacation etc. The main machine quilting I do is on Linus projects. They are usually whole cloth backed with flannel and simply quilted with a decorative stich and colorful thread. I can make two or three of them in an afternoon while also sewing out embroidery designs on my stand alone embroidery machine. I am working toward making 14 wallhangins with historical information for my family. Each will have our last name and various symbols of our Cornish Heritage incorporated into the designs. After the passing of both of my parents I made each of my siblings a wallhanging that incorporterated the wedding photos of each of us, our parents and grandparents.

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    I just took a machine quilting class where they showed us how to quilt in thirds. The trick is to cut your batting with a wavy cut removing the top and bottom third - quilt the center - reattach the top or bottom batting with its companion piece using small pieces of steam a seam and then repeat for the other end. This way you are handling only the section you are working on - actually, they did spray baste - either Sullivans or June Taylor. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyPA
    you have no idea how you will quilt it? I have done only one large quilt....queen size and I'm still struggling to quilt it. It was a gift for my hubby that I started 5 or 6 years ago and it still isn't finished :-(

    I have always wanted to make a quilt for my bed, but I have avoided even thinking of starting it because I don't know how I would ever quilt it. I know there are some extremely talented long-arm quilters, but finances keep that from being an option.

    Do any of you only create smaller pieces for that reason?
    I make only bed sized quilts as I have no space for wall hangings.

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    You know, the actual quilting on a quilt by a long arm, should not cost as much as the materials for making a quilt. That is of course, if you don't go for all the fancy stuff and just want your quilt quilted together. I am talking about free hand quilting which cost about one penny a square inch. So if your quilt is 80x80, that would be 64.00, which is not bad at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswordwiz
    I learned make the top, send to long arm lady.....
    Me too. I live in a small apartment and just don't have the room, or desire to take on that challenge. I do machine smaller quilts, but not the double bed size and larger.
    I love my LA quilting lady!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I machine quilt large quilts in sections. No one can tell it's sewn after quilting. There are many books written how to do this. Georgia Bonesteel, Anita Murphy, Marti Michell to name a few.
    There was a topic recently about QAYG and I was all geared up about trying this but then a thought occurred to me. I get how to QAYG per block or a section of blocks but then I was wondering.... What about if we want a border or two around the quilt blocks. How would we use the QAYG method with the borders? I guess this could be worked out as long as there were no mitered corners......

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    yep, every large quilt that I make now, I send to have long armed quilted. So I have only made a few. I like to do the entire quilt from start to finish. So I just make wall hanging, and some lap quilts. Years ago I hand quilted everything, but that's to hard on the hands any more. So the smaller the quilt the more creativity I try to put in it. Good luck and don't be discouraged.

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    So far I have done two queen size and 6 large lap/couch quilts. I have only been quilting a little less than a year. The smaller ones have all been gifts.

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