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Thread: Is hand piecing really becoming extinct?

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    Hand piecing is like hand embroidery, keeps the hands busy and the mind too. There is a time for everything, and joining my husband evenings to watch tv or talk, I can do two things at once. Sitting in front of a sewing machine is fine if you want to be alone, but making quilts and being with loved ones is better still. And so calming to the nerves too, you have to calm down to do hand work of any kind. Better than pills.


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    Hi I have been hand piecing and have made all sizes and I enjoy it much more than sewing on machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04
    I understand that Jinny Beyer handpieces everything!
    Yes, that's true!!

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    I love to hand sew, thus I hand quilt, but I'm in awe of those who hand piece. I'm too impatient. I've been working on the same quilt (full size) for 5 months now and have 3 more projects lined up that I can't wait to get to. I think about machine quilting just to speed things up, but I really like the look of hand quilting. That and I've never machine quilted...lol.

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    I know a few of both hand and machine quilters. Time it seems is the big element. As stated in another post, teach daughters and granddaughters. In the early days quilts were made out of necessity because there were not many places to buy things. We now have lots of ready made goods available and the "need" for quilts is gone. However, thank goodness the "want" is still there.

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    In my quild there are about 3 ladies that hand piece, but with the price of fabric rising we had another quilter that
    is an expert on hand piecing come and teach us. This way it takes longer to hand piece a quilt and then if you hand quilt you are not as likely to start a dozen new projects and save money.

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    I would love to hand piece and hand quilt, but between a full-time job (if you count getting ready time and commute time it's way over 50 hours a week), plus a home to maintain and manage, and other things that happen that takes away even more time....I'd never get a quilt finished!

    We do enjoy camping tho..I think I'll keep a project in the camper to hand piece..it might take a few years, but it'll be my 'only one of it's kind' quilt.

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    I too had started doing hand piecing with Grandma's flower garden block several years ago. It is addictive!!!! A wonderful brain dead thing to do while watching TV in the evening. Great for packing in a zip lock bag or small plastic tote to take along in the car.
    Takes a long time to finish a project but I've done a small wall hanging and several table runners for myself and gifts. I love quilting and can't hardly sit and not be sewing something.
    I also have a Gammill longarm and love knowing I've made something from start to finish.
    I don't know of anyone in our small quilting group at church that does any hand work other than the hexagons (English Paper Piecing).
    We are having a quilt show here in Springfield this week end, looking forward to going tomorrow.

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    I hand piece and hand quilt. Most of my quilts never touch a machine. My sister says that is the sign of a true Heirloom. I have made 2 full size quilts for her daughters and they love them.
    I believe that the quality if better if hand pieced. Someone told me not too long ago that hand piecing is less thickness. Only one strand of thread as opposed to the top and bottom on a machine so therefore easier to hand quilt as well.

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    I worked on one all winter...loved it..we have a few in our guild

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    I love to hand piece - especially odd bias pieces. I see more of it with paper piecing.

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    I belong to a guild with 35 members and there is only two of us that piece by machine, some of the members don't even know how to use a machine! I quilt by hand, it is a personal choice.

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    Speaking of thread...I use hand quilting thread to piece with instead of regular thread. I just think it is sturdier.

    I was happy to hear sometime ago that Jinny Beyer hand pieces. I felt very out of place until I heard that she did. Her work is gorgeous!

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    Jinny Beyer has a little piece of information on her website about hand piecing, you may want to check it out.

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    My first quilt lessen was hand piecing but I don't do any hand work now because it causes pain in my neck and arm. I wish I could because I did enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurieaaron
    Speaking of thread...I use hand quilting thread to piece with instead of regular thread. I just think it is sturdier.
    I had a hard time pulling hand quilting thread through the fabric, but maybe I'll try it next time. However, my hand pieced blocks seem sturdy enough.

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    Same thing happened to me...they made me fill like i was doing something wrong.. but i got over it and keep on hand piecing and handquilting...to each his (her) own they are beautiful both ways !!

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    My sister and I both hand piece and hand quilt. Find it much more relaxing than the machine.

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    I am just learning and am hand piecing which I like. I am working on the Farmer's Wife Sampler and can't imagine getting all of those little angles to match up on a machine...I flip open the piece I'm working on a lot and adjust as I go to match up the points so I think I would be using the seam ripper a lot more if I did it by machine.

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    I think I may have 10 or 20 more years if I'm lucky and It won't be extinct while I'm still alive. having said that, there are many times when I do better work when I'm handpiecing, and some patterns are easier to do by hand. I also only hand quilt. It's a relaxing thing for me. I don't have to worry about getting something done right now.

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    I enjoy hand piecing. Quilt. If I want to "move" a quilt along I machine piece - but only hand quilting from this gal!

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    I hand pieced a double wedding ring quilt, a grandmother's fan quilt and hand quilted both of them. I had to have surgery on my right thumb & wrist so I have have to resort to doing my sewing and quilting by machine. I have since started to hand quilt another double wedding ring in a quilt frame that my son made for my mother. I also hand quilted a dresden plate for my son, but was only able to finish the other 3 children's on the sewing machine because of the surgery that took 3 years to heal and needed to get them done. Very hard to do anything for 3 years being right handed and a useless thumb.

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    I have started handing piecing after taking classes from Cindy Blackburg at the Houston show and the Knoxville, and going to two of her handpiecing in the Smokies. I will be having knee surgery soon and I plan to hand piece and hand quilt. The machines will be put up for a while

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna Hall
    I have started handing piecing after taking classes from Cindy Blackburg at the Houston show and the Knoxville, and going to two of her handpiecing in the Smokies. I will be having knee surgery soon and I plan to hand piece and hand quilt. The machines will be put up for a while
    Hi, you might find you really like the hand work rather than the machine. It's really very relaxing! Enjoy the hand work during your recovery!

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    I learned to piece by hand when I was a kid. When I quit my job a few years ago and decided to quilt again, I started a hand project. Now, it's not done but I work on it every time we drive 11 hours to SC or WI. I found that smaller blocks work best.

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