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Thread: Hand Quilters

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    Maybe that is a silly question but I'm asking out of curiosity.
    I know there are many hand quilters here - but are there also wholecloth quilters? People who only do wholecloths, no patchwork or appliqué at all? Or do you know any?
    Every answer will be appreciated!

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    I haven't done a wholecloth yet!! Notice yet!! It is on my list to do. Right now I just hand-quilt, applique & piece. Ever since I started quilting, this is the one thing that I still haven't gotten to. I guess since it would be made for myself, its been put to the back burner.

    Take care of everyone else first, then yourself!! I will definitely contact you when I get to this point! If that's OK?

    I was wondering? When you do your wholecolth, do you use a hoop, frame or what?

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    Sewcrafty, of course you can contact me, I would be honored.
    I work in a hoop on a stand with 18" diameter, it is a Jasmine Easy Spinner.

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    Have you ever tried just doing it in a hoop on your lap? That's the way I like to quilt and was wondering if it would work or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Have you ever tried just doing it in a hoop on your lap? That's the way I like to quilt and was wondering if it would work or not?
    Good question. I have many different sizes of these hoops from oval to round. But don't have a floor stand. I imagine that it would be easier than trying to hold up the weight of the quilt.

    Sounds like another project for my husband. To convert mine into a floor model.

    Let me know if the lap hoop works, my husband would appreciate it I'm sure!

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    Yes, of course it works. I started quilting in hoop on my lap (16" diameter), without a stand, and I quilted several queen size quilts in it before I purchased the Jasmine. I didn't have any problems with that. I still use the simple hoop when I take my quilt work with me.

    It is very comfortable to use the Jasmine because you don't have to handle the whole quilt and the weight is on the hoop, not on your shoulders. But at the beginning I couldn't afford a hoop on a stand and I had to save the money first. Now, I must admit, I have two - one made of maple and the other of oak! :thumbup: :)

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    I did a baby size whole cloth one many years ago, It was my car project when traveling and I just pinned really well and didn't use any hoop at all. I managed to keep it square, only was off about 1/4 inch! I did for practicing my stitches and it came out beautifully. I gave it to my first niece when she was born.

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    I've done several wholecloth quilts - a small one and a full size that are hand quilted, and a smallish one that was machine quilted. I will probably do more, because quilting interests me more than piecing or applique.

    Most of my quilts are quilted as if they were wholecloth quilts. Give me a good book on tape and I'll quilt all day or until my finger bleeds, whichever comes first.

    I use a floor frame. It keeps the quilt off the floor, and lets me quilt all summer long.

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    I guess I'm going to have to look into one of these floor models. I guess I'm hesitatant because I like to shift around in my recliner and was actually wondering how accommodating they would be. I probably would need something with a ball joint. See, I've given this a lot of thought.

    Actually, the idea that you could then quilt all summer long isn't a bad incentive!! I've usually left the hand quilting for the other seasons!!

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    A floor frame takes some getting used to. When I first got it, I was upset because I realized I couldn't turn it the same way I did my hoop - very inconvenient! I learned to use a thimble on my thumb so I could quilt away from myself.

    Now I prefer the frame because my tools are right there, everything is off my lap, and nothing moves so I get better stitches.

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    Hinterland, that sounds wonderful... but I must say I have tried so many times to quilt in different directions with different thimbles and methods and my stiches were not so even I like to have them. Therefore I better quilt just in one direction - towards my body - and I have what I want. I need to turn my quilting hoop and I quilt every day in the year. Fortunately we don't have so many days in summer with big heat...

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    My greatest love for hand quilting is the wholecloth quilt!! You can do so many beautiful things with just a solid piece of fabric. However, I have hand quilted other things as well (wall hangings and baby quilts). I started out hand quilting wall hanging "cheaters". Even if I messed up, they still looked half way decent :lol: :lol:

    Does anyone out there ever "un-sew" their hand quilting stitches?? I do this quite a bit and wondered if I was the only one who spends some days taking out more than I put in.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Does anyone out there ever "un-sew" their hand quilting stitches?? I do this quite a bit and wondered if I was the only one who spends some days taking out more than I put in.....
    Of course I do. Some days it seems that I have forgotten how to quilt and it takes me quilte a long time after starting to find my rhythm. We all have good and bad days.

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    I did one when was temp unemployed. Helped time pass and keep me inspired. This was just (kit) I was told. Added some extr sttiches, each row was about 1/2 inch apart. Did on a antique floor frame, this kept back nice & flat.
    good luck.

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    I have not done any, but I think they are beautiful! I havent tried it because I figured it would be more expensive because I would have to buy top, and bottom...instead of using scraps, if that makes sense, LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Does anyone out there ever "un-sew" their hand quilting stitches?? I do this quite a bit and wondered if I was the only one who spends some days taking out more than I put in.....
    Oh yeah...I unsewed 10 inches of border quilting once. Luckily it unsewed faster than it went in. :)

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    I haven't done a whole cloth yet,but I have one with the design stamped on it. I use a lap hoop. I have a hoop on a stand, but I've not gotten used to it yet.

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    I have made one wholecloth baby quilt and I did it with shadow trapunto. I really love it. I bought the top on sale at an amish auction for $5. I also bought another top the same size, but not a baby design that was marked by amish women. I also have a full size wholecloth top that I bought in an amish quilt shop that was about half the price of others that I've seen but is not as detailed as some. Then I have a throw size "kit" that I bought that is very detailed. I'm anxious to quilt these, but they're not at the top of my to do list. I used to quilt in a hoop on a stand, or a smaller hoop in my lap, but most of the time now, I quilt without a hoop, just on my lap. It takes some practice to keep the back smooth, and it takes a lot of pins, but I like not having that big hoop that gets in the way of the TV! LOL

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