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Thread: Hand Quilting With Hoop

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    Hand Quilting With Hoop

    Hi, y'all! I'm new to quilting, and am completely self-taught. I'm attempting my first hand-quilted quilt. I can't seem to get used to the large hoops. My question is- if you've basted well, why do you need the hoop? Thanks!

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    Actually, you don't need a hoop. I find it helps, but lots of other quilters don't care for it.

    It's easier to quilt if you don't pull the quilt tight in the hoop. If that doesn't help, feel free to take the quilt out and hand quilt without it. I guarantee the quilt police will not show up at your door.

    Janet

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    Thank you do much, Janet! I wanted to ask the experts before I found out something the hard way!

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    To be honest, for me it's harder to quilt without the hoop. But there are many quilters here who don't use a hoop, and there are many "famous" quilters who don't, either. The important thing is that you enjoy what you're doing and get the results you want. When the quilt is done and bound, no one will be able to tell whether you used a hoop or not.

    Janet

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    I've never been able to get used to using a hoop or frame. I baste well and quilt without. It's all in what's comfortable for YOU. I congratulate you for going for it. Happy Quilting!!
    "I've always been crazy, but it's kept me from going insane!"
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    I use a PVC frame, but loosen it up a little to be able to maneuver the needle

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    I'm so glad to know I can do without! Oh, I'm just THRILLED to find this forum and be able to ask you experts for your opinions! So, here is another question- after a day of practice, I'm consistently getting 8-10 stitches per inch (I know- nothing to write home about, but I'm really happy!), but over appliqué areas (needle-turned) and bulky seam allowance areas, it's more like 5-6. Any suggestions (short of avoidance of the areas)?

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    Consistancy with stitch length is more important than how many stitches you get. it's hard to catch the back on bulky seams unless you stap stitch one by one. 8-10 i say great job I got three or four when I first started! For small projects or details I use a hoop just to control the fabric. I always start quilts layed out on a table and after basteing I quilt with no frame on the table. i have tried just sitting on the couch and quilting and I personally have less control and don't catch wrinkles as well as when it's layed flat. I still have to adjust ins at times when the back is deciding it wants to wrinkle. I may get one or two wrinkles during a quilt that I have to readjust pins. Just make sure your always feeling the back and you'll be fine. It's all in what works for you best!! Happy Quilting
    *Rachel*

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    Thanks, Rachel! By the way, I'm jealous that you are in Germany! My dream is to visit one day!!

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    I also quilt without a hoop or frame. I found them both awkward and I wasn't enjoying the process. However, I do have a PVC frame from JoAnn's. I secure three sides and leave the side next to me free from the frame. Then, I have most of the area in my lap. It works because I pin, pin, pin to secure the backing. As I go along, I adjust the tightness as needed. Just do whatever you need to do to enjoy the process. Anything stressful takes away from the enjoyment.

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    Hey I am fairly new to hand quilting also. I find that a quilt hoop helps keep the fabric smooth underneath. Start in the center and work out. I also recommend a hoop only large enough that you can comfortable reach your hand up and under to reach to be able to do the stitching. The first hoop I bought about killed me, so I bought a 14" hoop (I think) and find it way easier.

    Remember it is suppose to be relaxing and enjoyable.

    Diane

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    I hand quilt on a Q snap floor frame. It is helpful to have a little slack in the sandwich to hand quilt. 8-10 stitches sounds good to me. The reason I like a frame because on difficult areas (seams) I like to use the "stab" stitch. This is where you quilt stitch by stitch rather than loading your needle. The frame helps to keep the sandwich from moving so the you can poke the needle down from the top, pick up the needle from below the quilt and push it straight back up to the surface to complete a stitch.

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    I quilt the center using a 14" q-snap, then lose the frame when I get closer to the edges. Until I found this forum, it didn't cross my mind to go frameless, but as others have said, I baste the heck out of the sandwich and haven't had a problem with wrinkles. I do find that I am more likely to pick it up and quilt a few lines when I don't need to mess with a frame!

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    I quilt with a 18" hoop-thats the way I started & its comfortable for me. Start in the middle & work out makes for no wrinkles at all! I have done a little bit without the hoop on the edges & didn't like it at all. I guess I'm too used to the hoop! Whatever works for you best is the way to go! Enjoy it!

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    I also don't use a hoop when I hand quilt. just make sure it is either basted or pinned

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    If you use a hoop or frame, be sure to leave some give/slack so it's easier to maneuver the needle. Not quite as baggy/saggy as a hammock, but it does need some 'sag'

    For some reason, although now I have no idea why I thought that - I thought that the fabric was supposed to be pulled tight as a drumhead in a hoop or frame - and then I was wondering why it was so hard to make/do the stitches.

    DUH!

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