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Thread: Finishing Quilts

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    Super Member katesnanna's Avatar
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    I'm surprised at the number of quilters who make lots of lovely quilt tops but don't finish them
    I know here in Australia sending it out to be professionally quilted is expensive.( A friend pays upwards of $200.00 to have hers done.)
    I can understand if the quilt is to go into a show but when they are made with love for family,friends or whoever why not finish them and give them to people to use?
    I'm not sure how many quilts I've made (somewhere near 100) but I machine quilt them all. They don't have to be fancy, straight stitching or a fancy stitch from our machines works well.
    This is not a judgment just wondering why so many quilts that are lovingly made languish on a shelf or in a cupboard when someone could be enjoying them.

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    I agree, I can't afford to send all mine out. After the holidays I've got 2 to quilt. I'm not great but I will do my best. I think the more I do the better I will get. I won't know unless I get in there and do it. Happy Quilting!

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    It would be wonderful if we finished our tops by getting them quilted and ready to use and enjoy. But I think we get excited about a new pattern and fabrics and can't wait to start another top.

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    I just don't like to quilt in the summer so I piece all summer and quilt them all winter. Unless someone needs one right away.

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    I'd love to send them out because with my small amount of space it's a chore to do the quilting. I can't afford it though-I have all my money tied up in fabric and patterns. lol

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    I think that what bobbielinks said is right. we might have an attention span problem. hehe I finish mine mostly because I don't have lots of fabrics that I can use to turn into more quilt tops. well at least for now. can't wait to have a stash to rely on.

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    I pretty new at this so I don't have a fabric stash either. I have gotten carried away at purchasing several different projects. I didn't used to understand how some had different projects going at the same time. But I now have two different tops I'm working on both for Christmas presents and another top that's done just waiting to be quilted. I want to do free motion on the one that if finished but haven't done it before so not sure what I'll do but I will do them myself, can't afford to send them to anyone. The point in beginning to quilt was to do it all myself.

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    I try to do a quilt from start to finish. I only have one that I need to quilt (don't like it anymore, so it's outta sight, outta mind)
    Believe it or not, my favorite thing to do is the binding. Don't know why either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuesy
    I try to do a quilt from start to finish. I only have one that I need to quilt (don't like it anymore, so it's outta sight, outta mind)
    Believe it or not, my favorite thing to do is the binding. Don't know why either.
    I like to do the binding also. It is really relaxing for me. I do mine machine on the front and hand on the back. the back part is what I really like to do. mostly because I can take it anywhere or work on it when the kids are up and playing nicely with each other.

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    I do all of mine from start to finish. I mainly quilt for my own pleasure and if I give someone a quilt and they like it, that's nice too. Some of them turn out better than others. I haven't mastered FMQ but still do it and my SITD sometimes is off too. Sometimes I have a few things "in the works" but I like to finish things too. Just the past week I finished a baby quilt except for a little bit of binding left to sew on, a table runner, and the scrap quilt I talked about in a new thread starting "Experiment...". Now I'm working on a braid quilt. I saw the "method" on quiltville and am using scraps. And I finally found something I don't like to do - bury the threads! I don't like the way backstitching looks sometimes, so just leave them long and then bury them when done. Tedious!!

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    I know I don't finish the quilting and binding on most of mine right away, but when I feel like it and have the time.I do go back and I'll spend as much time as possible to make sure they are all done. Having three kids and a full time job makes it hard to get lots of quilting done. I don't have a long arm at home. It's at my mom's house. So I have to have everything ready so I can take it over and throw it on the machine.

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    Wish some of you who like the finishing work lived close by.
    Right now I could use some help catching up with the finishing. Always want to try a new technique, etc. Have trouble staying with one thing at a time. One of my resolutions to catch up and not continue to do that.LOL

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    I have a lot of tops, mostly smaller ones. I don't have the money for material and batting, so they are not finished.

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    I wish I could quilt my own. I have had surgery on left hand and my hands and wrists are to darn weak to quilt anything bigger then a baby quilt or lap quilt. So LAQ here I come!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper
    I do all of mine from start to finish. I mainly quilt for my own pleasure and if I give someone a quilt and they like it, that's nice too. Some of them turn out better than others. I haven't mastered FMQ but still do it and my SITD sometimes is off too. Sometimes I have a few things "in the works" but I like to finish things too. Just the past week I finished a baby quilt except for a little bit of binding left to sew on, a table runner, and the scrap quilt I talked about in a new thread starting "Experiment...". Now I'm working on a braid quilt. I saw the "method" on quiltville and am using scraps. And I finally found something I don't like to do - bury the threads! I don't like the way backstitching looks sometimes, so just leave them long and then bury them when done. Tedious!!
    I am looking at your quilt as your signature picture. It is so lovely. Did you just pick pleasing colors and sew the triangle blocks in your own order? I also love purple, it caught my eye.
    from glisten

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    Thanks. Yes that is just what I did. No particular order of things. I may attempt a real "pattern" one of these days but they seem to overwhelm me.

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    Thanks. Yes that is just what I did. No particular order of things. I may attempt a real "pattern" one of these days but they seem to overwhelm me.

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    I love every part of the entire process --- from start to finish!!! I am also surprised at the number of quilt tops some people have made but have not finished. I guess some just like to piece! I am a LAQ and I love when someone brings their bunch of tops to me to finish. I never tire of the thrill of watching the transformation from just a top to a finished quilt. Remember....It's not a quilt until it's quilted!!

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    Thank you all for your answers. I must remember that not everyone is retired. I should give thanks every day. I have been retired for about 8 years now (retired early but worked hard to get there) but that doesn't mean I get to sew & quilt whenever I want. Oh! for a perfect world.
    To quote John Lennon," Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans". My other plans include quilting, embroidery & knitting as well as friends & family. The gym, walking & Weight Watchers must be part of life.
    This forum is one of my great pleasure as well as the people on it. Happy Quilting all.

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    I have a lot of unfinished quit top because I dont have the room to spread them out to put the backing on.

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    Sadiemae, I agree with you. I do the tops in all sizes, and stack them and later take up to finish them one by one with a helper. I cant idle until I finish each one of them. Wish I was faster. But love to see them done.

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    i've only made one quilt start to finish...but i'm quilting my 3rd one. The one i'm doing now and the one i completed this past summer my aunt put them together...

    this is the one i finished for my aunt - she started it after she was married in 1949

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    I do all mine from beginning to end. I now have 7 tops that need to be quilted. Why aren't they done, you ask? I can't stand the actual quilting and I can't afford to send them out. I WILL quilt them....but it will take a while to psych myself into it. I won't be making any new tops until those are quilted so I will soon have to get started...maybe tomorrow, right?

    I do mostly queen-size quilts. I do Stitch in the ditch (SITD gives me problems...you'd never think that it would be so difficult to keep the stitch 'in the ditch'), some quilting around templates, fancy machine stitches and echo quilting, all on my small Brother machine. Wrestling big quilts through that little machine is doable but takes a long time. It was only last year that I got a walking foot..don't know how I did any quilting without it. I would love to do meandering. I can manage it on small pieces but big quilts give me trouble. Takes lots of practice to get it right.

    Most of my quilts are for gifts or for myself. I make quilts because it gives me a creative outlet, and it makes me feel good to give them to others.

    I do have my Postage Stamp one sandwiched, ready to go, so maybe I should head to the sewing area,(aka my dining room corner),and get started on the quilting.

    Happy Quilting to all. Have a great day!!!

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    If its just for fun, I quilt it but I have sent special pieces out. Usually, around $100 for edge to edge and little more for custom work.

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    Mine seem to talk to me and too many tell me what pattern to hand quilt them, love that hand quilted look. So do what I can when I can but for some very large definitely send out.

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