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    Hello Kelly, I've only just joined this group but in answer to your question have you thought about a quilt as you go? I started one about 2 weeks ago and it's coming along very well.

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    You can look around - there are some quilt shops that have long arms and have you take a class and then you can go to the shop and pay per hour to use the long arm yourself.

    there is always the quilt as you go method, also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janie Q
    I made 1 king size quilt and it will be the last. I felt like I was drowning in fabric by the time I got the borders on. I'm short and have athritis in my shoulders its just too hard to manage something that big. I make twin to small queen sizes.
    Ohhh, I so agree. Have one more king size promised to our GD and then I'm done with these! The amount of fabric (we so love) is overwhelming!

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    I've done several queen-size quilts on my domestic machine. I just put my pride in my pocket and stich in the ditch. On the attic windows I had to give up and hand quilt it. It took "forever" to finish.

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    I would save my money 'til I had enough to have it quilted. I quilt all sizes on my machine but it's definitely harder to do on the queen/king sizes.

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    Kelly, have you looked into going to a nearby quilt shop and renting their long arm machine by the hour? That is what I do and it is $15 per hour. It usually takes about 2 hours for a large one and trust me, I am NOT an expert at it by any means. It is a lot less expensive than paying $125 to a long arm quilter in my area (although I would love to be able to do that on a regular basis).

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    The only way that I will tackle a big quilt is to use the Cotton Theory or quilt as you go methods. My arthritis makes handling the weight and bulk of a large quilt, nearly impossible.:)

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    I am a fairly new long arm owner and have been toying with the idea of trading my long arm services with someone who is a talented and precise quilter. I have several tops that I need pieced. Some are already cut and ready to go and some need to be done from the beginning. Maybe we can work something out with a couple of quilters.
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    I genrally make Art Quilts and the largest of those is 63" X 75". That one I made in 4 sections, thinking it would be too large to fmq in one piece. I ended up sewing the sections together and fmq the whole thing anyway. I am part way thru making a 2 sided (different patterns on each side),king size duvet cover with separate pillow cover, for our comforter. I've thought all along that I will fmq each side to a piece of muslin, to protect the seams from rubbing on the comforter and help prevent fraying in the future. That will probably be stitch -in -the -ditch or a large meander. After the machine quilting is finished, then I'll sew it together to make the duvet. I think the key to fmq w/ a reg. sewing machine, is lots and lots of practice first, before attempting your quilt top. I also found that scrunching the quilt is easier than rolling it into a roll. You aren't fighting that unmanagable roll. A lot might depend on the design you are doing though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireworkslover
    I genrally make Art Quilts and the largest of those is 63" X 75". That one I made in 4 sections, thinking it would be too large to fmq in one piece. I ended up sewing the sections together and fmq the whole thing anyway. I am part way thru making a 2 sided (different patterns on each side),king size duvet cover with separate pillow cover, for our comforter. I've thought all along that I will fmq each side to a piece of muslin, to protect the seams from rubbing on the comforter and help prevent fraying in the future. That will probably be stitch -in -the -ditch or a large meander. After the machine quilting is finished, then I'll sew it together to make the duvet. I think the key to fmq w/ a reg. sewing machine, is lots and lots of practice first, before attempting your quilt top. I also found that scrunching the quilt is easier than rolling it into a roll. You aren't fighting that unmanagable roll. A lot might depend on the design you are doing though.
    I love the idea of doing duvet covers and skipping the quilting.Thanks.:)

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    I don't do large quilts because I find them too hard to handle on my home machine even tho it has a larger throat/bed than most machines. It is hot to have on my lap / draped over my arms or shoulders, it aggravates my neck where I have degenerative disc disease/osteoarthritis and cervical herniated disc.

    When I win that ever-illusive lottery, I will get a long arm machine!

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    Oh, I do want to try a QAYG and then if I find that I enjoy that process I might give it a go on a large quilt.

    Regarding renting a long arm, check with the local quilters and compare prices etc. Most likely they will be pretty close cuz they want to be competitive with each other.

    My local long arm quilters and LQS that will rent their setup all charge for an hour of instruction on how to use their long arm AND all charge a minimum of 5 hrs even if it only takes 2 or 3 hours. But the local gal that has 2 setup in her house charges less than the LQS. And she will let you use it for an additional 3 hrs beyond the 5 hr minimum charge for free. So 8 hours of quilting on a 5 hr charge...and you can do more than one quilt.

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    I have a king size bed and I do machine quilts for it. I make them in sections, quilt and then put together.

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    Have you looked at patterns for quilted bed scarfs? They seem to be the new thing to do and look great

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    I know having a huge mountain of fabric there to be quilted, can seem to be insurmountable non-the-less once it is done the reward is nothing like I have ever experienced in my life! Now I am not saying that I wouldn't love a long arm, however the $$'s just don't seem to grow on trees!

    I guess that what I am trying to say is make what makes you truly happy!

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    I'm with you. I started hand quilting a full size vintage quilt top about 5 yrs ago, it's still not done. I make full and king size quilts and tie them in each and every little corner. They look nice and I'm able to then get them done in a reasonable amount of time.

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    This is a beautiful quilt. I love stars and can't pass up anyone I see. Love the colors too.
    Quote Originally Posted by Delilah
    My first quilt was a king, because noone told me I should start small (picture attached). :) I did quilt it by hand. I have done several bed sized quilts since then, all machine quilted, and the quilting is basically the same as with small quilts. Most of the time I do some SID to "anchor" it then I proceed to FMQ some kind of design. Almost all my early quilts were strictly SID, have only recently learned to FMQ. I do not pin baste, all are spray basted.

    I understand your hesitancy because I still haven't worked up the courage to try feathers on an actual quilt. Still drawing them on white board. We both need to get over our fear of the next step. :roll:

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    My first quilt was a queen size! I could NOT quilt that on my machine so I learned how to hand quilt in a hurry. I have made several others since then, and anything over a twin I use a QYAG method. I have done some machine quilting as well, and find I REALLY miss doing the hand quilting, and most of my designs on the machine are straight-line designs, whereas I am making beautiful roses with my hand quilting. I have not attempted the FMQ as of yet. I am making a queen size quilt right now that will have a combination of both machine and hand quilting.

    I am looking forward to the day when I can send at least one quilt "out" to be quilted as the work is SOOOOO beautiful. :D

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    I have too many small items. I make mostly large things now. I am sooooooooo blessed. My daughter gave me her quilting machine when she bought her new Gammel. I sew tops and my DH is the quilter!

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    I have done machine quilting with my regular sewing machine. I am not really good at it but I do it sometimes. I will do hand quilting and that can be done when watching a movie. But I do like making larger quilts than small ones. I haven't made lap-robes and I don't care for wall hangings and I love making quilts. I have one in progress right now: Basket of Flowers by Marian Shenks. While I am working on my blocks I am thinking how I want to quilt it. I will probably know when I get to that point. It is turning out pretty so far. I have others in mind I want to do. I can't wait!!

    I was just thinking, sometimes you can find someone with a quilting machine that will quilt a large quilt for you at an inexpensive price. I know most are expensive but once in a while there is someone that does it just for the joy of it and little money.

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    WOW!! That is a blessing! Good for you!


    Quote Originally Posted by Mumzbear
    I have too many small items. I make mostly large things now. I am sooooooooo blessed. My daughter gave me her quilting machine when she bought her new Gammel. I sew tops and my DH is the quilter!

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    It is really worth it to me to pay someone else to quilt the large quilts on a long arm.

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    It's not the quilting I mindas much as cutting the batting. I did one today, my cutting table is only about 4' X 8' and I promised myself, no more biggies. Of course I'm old and tend to forget.

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    I have made a few large bed quilts and just SITD because I don't really enjoy that portion of the process. I did just purchase a Brother SE-400 from WalMart (less than $400.). I downloaded some outline quilting designs that I can use as quilting on the blocks now. I am currently making a queen size quilt that I will use these designs on. I also just downloaded a program that allows me to make quilt labels on this Brother machine using the 4 x 4 hoop. THAT really excited me! I tried it out tonite and very happy with how the label turned out... now I am motivated to get the quilt done!

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    My sister-in-law in OK sent me a lap quilting book written by Georgia Bonesteel which shows you how to make and quilt (hand or machine) one block at a time and how to then sew them together to make any size you desire. She had a stroke and her eyesight was affected in such a way that she is unable to work on a large quilt, but can do the individual blocks and then sew together. I learned this way and that's how I do it.

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