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Thread: A few questions about hand quilting and frames

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    So I just joined and I'm hoping to get some input on my next project. Yes, it's a 30's reproduction quilt for my 5 yr old. I will be hand quilting it , but I don't want to just stitch straight lines. What would be a nice pattern? Also, I'm thinking of buying a frame. This quilt is a queen size. Any suggestions?

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    wow, love your quilt, have fun

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    Would you just draw the design on the quilt and then stitch it by hand?

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    My DGM made me a pinwheel quilt(late 1960's) and she hand quilted it. She quilted 1/4" inside of each HST and this really sets it off! Mine doesn't have sashing, but also do a design down the sashing strips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    My DGM made me a pinwheel quilt(late 1960's) and she hand quilted it. She quilted 1/4" inside of each HST and this really sets it off! Mine doesn't have sashing, but also do a design down the sashing strips.
    This sounds like it would be perfect! And the quilt top is lovely!

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    Nice work! I don't have any suggestions as to how to quilt it, but it'll be gorgeous however you do it! :)

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    In each Pinwheel, in the white areas you could quilt repeated 1/4 inch all the way around inside the white triangles. Inside the colored triangle only quilt 1/4 omch once. This will make the colored portion of the Pinwheel pop out more. On your sashing you could get a stencil and do a rope design or any wavy design. Something curvy. Just an idea.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortoisethreads
    So I just joined and I'm hoping to get some input on my next project. Yes, it's a 30's reproduction quilt for my 5 yr old. I will be hand quilting it , but I don't want to just stitch straight lines. What would be a nice pattern? Also, I'm thinking of buying a frame. This quilt is a queen size. Any suggestions?
    Lovely quilt.
    I'm no good at quilting designs, sorry.
    But, I can tell you my quilting frame experiences - I've had three; one I gave to a friend who liked it; the other 2 are sitting in my basement. I hated all of them. Now, when I hand quilt, regardless of the size, I use a large round or rectangular hoop.

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    If it was me I would quilt 1/4" from seams but if you want to off set all the angles an all over baptist fan might look good on this. You don't say if your 5 year old is boy or girl. Do they have something favorite? Like teddy bears in each block or kittens?

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    I'm also new at quilting. I bought a large quilting hoop but found it small and cumbersome for doing a full size quilt. Purchased a frame at Hobby Lobby (they have then at JoAnn's). It's about 18 X 24 ??? (it's in the box right now since I'm between quilting projects) with PVC pipes for the frames. Very easy to assemble. We live full-time in an RV so this is perfect for me. The cost is about $130 but keep an eye out for the 40% and 50% discount coupons. Hope this helps you.

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    very nice, I'm not a great quilter but I also am interested in hand quilting. could anyone out there give some pointers? Kirksmom,Marilyn

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    Am also a hand quilter. The easiest was to quilt (for me)is to quilt in the shadow (1/4 inch from seam). It's easy to keep a straight line or you can mark the line with a quilting pencil. I try to keep the stitches in a straight line without worrying TOO much about the length of the stitches. Other hand quilters tell me that comes with practice. Also, told me not to worry about being perfect--just enjoy the process and make it relaxing and fun.

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    On the frame, it depends on if you will be quilting on your own or with others. You can do 1X2's and make some stands to put them on, but they take up a bunch of space. I have a grace frame, and it takes up a lot of length, but it only takes about 2-4 feet of space, and can be folded up (with the quilt in progress) and stored under a bed, or behind furniture or whatever.

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    That is beautiful.

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    I go by what most professional quilters have said. If the quilt has straight lines in the design use mostly curves for the quilting, if the design has curves use mostly straight line quilting. I really like quilted circles on all straight line designs.

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