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Thread: First Quilts

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    First Quilts

    I have been reading through the post and noticed that even the beginning quilters are sending their quilts out to be quilted. When I made my first quilt I did not even know that was an option. I have always handquilted my own quilts. Those of you that have been quilting for a long time, did you quilt your own quilts at the beginning (either hand or machine) or did you send them out?

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    I handquilted my quilts when I first started quilting in 1990. I still love to handquilt, but now I also enjoy FMQ on my domestic sewing machine. The money I save by quilting my own quilts goes to buying more fabric.
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    I've always quilted my own by hand or machine.

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    I sent my first one out and hand-quilted the next few ones. I love to hand-quilt, but it takes me so long.

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    I had tops for the longest. Then machine quilted them

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    I hand stitched and hand quilted my first few quilts. When I made the first one I didn't even own a sewing machine then. I still hand quilt some.
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    I quilted my own quilt -- but it was a school home ec project in 1980 or 1981. I've only been involved with 5 quilts that have been sent out to be quilted -- only one of them was my personal project. The other 4 were group projects. I'm working with a young lady now (she's 12) and originally planned to quilt her first top for her. I got a lot of push back from my husband and other quilters, so she's doing the quilting -- but she's not really enjoying it. I just hope it doesn't backfire. She'll finish the quilt this weekend and I'm going to put the binding on for her -- unless she says she wants to (which I doubt she will). When it's finished, she's giving the quilt to her cousin for her 1st birthday. Ooh -- reminds me I need to get the label made...

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    I have not sent one out yet. The first ones were quilted on a machine with a 4 inch throat. Just keep cramming! I've upgraded to a nine inch throat and do it all myself. Quilting is an expensive hobby and added a LAQ to every quilt is more than I care to spend. Maybe if I do a GREAT quilt one day I'll have it professionally done.

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    i quilted my own way back when- then didn't quilt for a number of years= when i started again the first large (king sized) quilt i made i sent out- and it cost me so much i figured i had better either learn to do that myself- or not ever make another one-so set out to learn to machine quilt, saved my pennies & purchased a long-arm...i do still on occassion quilt with the domestic machine too- small projects- up to twins & if i want to do intricate quilting i do it on my sewing machine. i am working on a queen sized whole cloth with my domestic machine. now i don't have to send them out- people send theirs out to me
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    Been quilting since i was seven. All except four have been hand quilted.
    well over 350 have been hand quilted.

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    Always do my own from start to finish, I want the whole thing done by me even if it isn't the prettiest thing around....I like to say..."I did it".

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    I take my king and queen size quilts to my SIL to get LAQ'd. But I get the family discount and she's my next door neighbor (but my next door neighbor is 3/4 miles away). The family discount also means my quilts don't get done until she has everyone elses done. But that's fine, I'm not usually on a time schedule for the larger quilts. The smaller quilts I do on my DM.

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    Modern longarm machines didn't exist until 1984...long after I started quilting.
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    I do all my own quilting an a domestic sewing machine. Good, bad or indifferent I like to see the project done myself from start to finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by appliquequiltdesigns View Post
    I have been reading through the post and noticed that even the beginning quilters are sending their quilts out to be quilted. When I made my first quilt I did not even know that was an option. I have always handquilted my own quilts. Those of you that have been quilting for a long time, did you quilt your own quilts at the beginning (either hand or machine) or did you send them out?
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    I quilted my first few with a simple diagonal stitch across the whole quilt. On my machine. I still sometimes use that same pattern for smaller baby or lap quilts.

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    I first started quilting in the mid 70's. Everthing was done by hand. I hand quilted everything. I still do some piecing by hand, but send my quilts to my neice or Charisma to quilt.

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    When I first started, I hand-quilted. I now own two longarm machines. By machine quilting them, it allows me more time to make more quilts. Most of my personal quilts are custom-quilted, unless you just couldn't see the quilting in a busy pattern. My clientele usually don't have time or the comfort level to quilt their own.
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    my first few quilts were hand quilted by me plus I hand quilted for others; unfortunately my hands whon't let me do that any more so all my quilts get sent to the LA'r. Its quickerr and gives me more time to make more quilts.

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    I've been hand quilting and FMQing my own quilts since I started in 1983. Well, the first quilt I made was tied. Unfortunately, I had used cotton batting. The first time the quilt was washed, the batting tore apart and migrated to the corners. Oops. I've come a long way since then!

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    I hand-quilted my first one, then machine-quilted after that, but I've never sent a quilt out to be quilted. I don't have anything against the people who do, but for me, I feel that the quilting is just as much of a design decision as the rest of it, and I wouldn't feel as much ownership over the finished product. I want to do it all, from start to finish.
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    I have been quilting for years and have probably made over 150 quilts. Since being out of work the past year, I have been busy and have completed about 20 quilts in the year. I hand quilted every one but one. I honestly know I could get more done if I sent them out, but can't afford it, living on disabilty..At least I now have the time to hand quilt, and I really enjoy it too.
    When you all refer to a domestic machine, exactly what are you talking about? Is this just a regular sewing machine? I do all my sewing on a Brother machine I bought at Walmart for $99. I can't see how anyone can quilt a decent size quilt on it, being that it has such a small throat!! I have machine quilted table runners, pot holders etc on this machine, but the item was small and easy to move around.

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    I have always quilted my own, some by hand, some by machine. My first quilt, made in the 70's, was hand pieced and hand quilted. That's what I learned from my mother and aunts. Now I mostly piece and quilt by machine on my trusty little Singer. I've even quilted king sized ones by dividing the work into quadrants and working from the center out.

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    I quilt my own. I can not afford to send out. By quilting my own then I have money to BUY more fabric!

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