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    I find it easier to use my lap....I find hoops a bit awkward.

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    My mother use to use frames. She had different sizes that my dad made her, and she used hoops too. Not just on her lap, but I am a lap person. Feels freeing, and comfortable. Just my style.
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    Hoop, hoop, hoop all the way. Most of my quilts are queen size. Basted well, never had a problem with pleats or tucks. I do miss my recliner tho, now i have a love seat, and it is just not the same.

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    I have always hand quilted on my lap no matter what size the quilt never used a hoop

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    I lap quilt. I tried the round hoop, the PVC frame from JoAnn's but I never could seem to get the tension right for hand quilting. So, now I have a frame that merely holds the fabric (I'm quilting a queen) but basically, I'm holding the material in my left hand as I quilt with my right hand. I just remember to pin, pin, pin and get everthing tight and smooth before I start quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtngrl View Post
    Do you use a frame, a hoop or do you lap quilt?
    I do not use either. I just put my right hand underneath the area that I am quilting, pull it taunt and quilt with my left hand. Since I have RA, I can only do one stitch at a time and they are not real tiny stitches, but I am happy with them. I am currently working on a twin size quilt. I hand quilted 5 quilts last year and will be giving them as Christmas Gifts to my 5 grandchildren this year.

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    I use a frame which is mounted on four legs with clamps at the corners for all sizes of quilts. I have several different size boards, the biggest being two for 120 inch quilts.

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    I have a q-snap PVC frame but never use it. I used to use a hoop but taught my dog to jump through it because I never use it either. I just baste well and drag my quilt of any size around, quilting in my lap. I just have more control over the needle that way.

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    When I was in my own home I had a really nice 3 rail wooden frame - no room for it here (it was 9' long) Now DD & I use a qsnap floor frame for large quilts & hoops for smaller - One thing I learned with the qsanp _ I sew leaders to all sides of the quilt - makes it much easier to quilt right up to the edge

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    I've made queen size and double bed quilts using a large hoop but I too only quilt in winter.
    I like it because when I'm not quilting it's easier to store. It's a bit clumsy but you get use
    to it.

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    I do not. For years I thought it was a must and I just could not get the process to be smooth. Then I sat with an experienced quilter who has working on a queen sized quilt with not hoop. Her advise was skip the hoop if it doesn't work for you and stitch a way. I tried it and what a difference for ME. I haven't used a hoop since and my end product is much better. Try both ways and go with the one that give your the results and quilting pleasure your desire.

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    I just found these no slip hoops and I love them. I use them for small projects and my Grace frame for my large quilts. I bought my hoops at Hobby Lobby.

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    I rarely hand quilt anything large, so I just lap quilt. My mom hand quilts sizes up to queen and uses the same hoop her grandmother used. It makes my heart sing to see the hoop in use for future generations. :-)
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    I also use a frame which is mounted on four legs with clamps at the corners for all sizes of quilts. I have several different size boards, the biggest being two for 120 inch quilts, I put my quilt in and baste it, usually each block separate, and after it is all basted, I take it out of the frame and quilt in a 14' hoop in my lap. I do everything thing this way, most of my quilts are queen to king size. My back cannot handle bending over the frame for very long, that is why I use the frame to baste, and the way I baste, nothing is going to move anywhere. When I quilt, I remove the basting threads, one block at a time. It works for my, My mother always told me it could not be done that way, but as I say, it works for me.

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    I use a 14 inch hoop for smaller projects. I quilted a double quilt and used the Hinterberg hoop that sits on the floor.

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    Yes, yes, and yes. All of the above. Frame is used in the beginning....lap hoop for the edging hard to reach places, and no hoop at all after placing the binding on and those last few small areas touched up to reach the binding edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WMUTeach View Post
    I do not. For years I thought it was a must and I just could not get the process to be smooth. Then I sat with an experienced quilter who has working on a queen sized quilt with not hoop. Her advise was skip the hoop if it doesn't work for you and stitch a way. I tried it and what a difference for ME. I haven't used a hoop since and my end product is much better. Try both ways and go with the one that give your the results and quilting pleasure your desire.
    Amen Sister!! I was trying so hard, bought all kinds of hoops and frames when I saw a video for no hoop quilting. I haven't slowed down since!! Completed 8 laying-on-the-couch-size quilts this year!!
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    Due to hand issues, I no longer hand quilt, but when I did I loved to lap quilt...very relaxing, non-restrictive, and even got a couple of ribbons on quilts with comments that they were very flat so it works for me, but I know everyone has their preference.

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    I just finished a queen on a 18" hoop that's all I use. My son made me a PVC floo framebut can't seem to find the q-snaps to fit it. I have made many queen size and find the 18" hoops works real well for me.
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    I use both a hoop and a Q-snap frame. When I use a hoop to quilt a large quilt, I sit at the dining room table so the weight of the quilt is supported and I work from the center out. I have quilted several queen size quilts that way.

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    Hand quilting frame needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtngrl View Post
    Do you use a frame, a hoop or do you lap quilt?
    As a teacher of hand quilting since 1975-I've tried all types of frames. Old-time floor frames made my arms ache, hoops on stands I found awkward, no frame at all meant the stitches were uneven. I finally decided that a small wooden, or preferably plastic, hoop 14-inches in diameter worked best for me. I like the kind that has a depression on the inside of the outer hoop and a "V" bump on the inner hoop that locks the quilt sandwich into the outer hoop. This keeps the quilt taut and it won't loosen while quilting. The thing to remember is to ALWAYS remove the hoop when you put the quilt down, even for five minutes. This prevents having stretch marks in the fabric.
    The trick to positioning the hoop is to open the outer hoop much wider than you think is necessary. Have the smaller hoop under the quilt and carefully position the quilt sandwich. Place the outer hoop in position and then push the outer edges of the together turn the screw to tighten, then lock it in place. What you must not do is smash the outer hoop over the quilt sandwich so the the three layers of the sandwich shift.
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    I use a hoop; I have two sizes and handquilt while I am watching (listening!) to TV. I have always made large projects, king and queen size quilts. It seems to work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna P View Post
    I just finished a queen on a 18" hoop that's all I use. My son made me a PVC floo framebut can't seem to find the q-snaps to fit it. I have made many queen size and find the 18" hoops works real well for me.
    I haven't found the snaps available either, but Greenhouse clamps work well if you glue the thin rubber shelf liner to the inside to keep from shifting

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    I have used hoops, the PVC squares, the old fashioned hang from the ceiling type ( great for small spaces if you don't mind quilt being part of your decor for long periods of time), old fashioned 2x2 type that rests on kitchen chairs, and now a Grace Quilt ez44. What i use depends on size, space and whether it is a communal quilting project.
    That said, I love the Grace frame because the tension gears and the 3 separate poles for backing. batting and top. mean i don't have to baste it together. It appears that Michael Flynns machine quilting set up is similar. When using the hoops and pvc frames it does help to know not to pull it taut.I learned that from QB and it did make the last project go so much faster but do have it well basted if doing this one.

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    I use a hoop. I love having the quilt on my lap, usually with a cat or two on one end of my quilt and another beneath it. In the winter it keeps me warm and in the summer when my husband keeps the air conditioning too high, it keeps me warm then too. I have tried a small frame and it just feels too confining to me. I will probably always use a hoop. I do vary the sizes sometimes, depending on the motif. The size of the quilt doesn't matter though, as I've done king size on my lap as well.

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