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Hand quilting - Lost art???

Old 11-29-2011, 12:55 PM
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I always wanted to learn to hand quilt; I love the look! I tried several times to teach myself and gave up. It felt so awkward; I guess I just wasn't ready. Recently, I set out on a mission to learn. I found videos on Youtube and read countless blogs, articles, etc. Finally, it all clicked! I bought a preprinted whole cloth for practice and finished it. Now I'm hand quilting a small quilt. I'm so happy I took the time, gave myself a break and went with it. In time, my stitches will become more even and if they are a little wonky here and there, well, that's the beauty of hand work!
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:08 PM
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I love to hand quilt, too. I don't like the frame set up in my family room year around, so I usually only work by hand in the winter. I am getting ready to choose a simple pattern to peice and then quilt again this winter. Fun, fun, fun!!
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:22 PM
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love to hand quilt. so relaxing, I can watch Tv, listen to radio,even visit with a friend. I do mostly kings and queens, few baby quilts, for new grand babies. I only bind the front side of binding by machine for wearability , and hand sew the other side. love to bind,its like crossing the finish line. cmaras
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by catrancher View Post
I think there will always be hand-quilters in the same way people will always hand embroider, even though there are now machines for that too. I recently took an online hand quilting class. Here is the link to my finished piece. I enjoyed doing it and would do it again on the right quilt.


I think machine quilting and hand quilting are different, and I don't see one as being in competition with the other. I like the look of machine quilting for some quilts, but think hand quilting is preferable for others, and vice versa. Just as food processors will never make knives obsolete, quilting machines will never replace hand quilting. Each has its place.
That is SPECTACULAR! My hand quilting will never be that beautiful!
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:57 PM
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Most of us don't bother to go down to the cow shed to milk any more either. I think to each his own. If you enjoy hand sewing or have a necessity for it, that is OK. If you like using the modern technology, that is OK too. It is the over-all effect that I go for and so I use a combination of hand and machine so that I get the best out of both worlds.There will always be those who keep the old crafts alive and those that adapt them.
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:17 PM
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I hand quilt and love the look of it.
I am not perfect,
do not try to hide my knots,
do not try for perfect stitches,
just enjoy what I am doing.

Like mine to look primitive.

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Old 11-29-2011, 03:30 PM
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:36 PM
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These have been posted before,
but thought I would send again.
#1 is churn dash
#2 is SunBonnet Sue
#3 is Transportation
#4 is Hearts & Houses
#5 is for a freiend who gradtuated the Citadel in 196757
#6 is for my sister Stars & moons

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Old 11-29-2011, 04:08 PM
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I enjoy hand quilting but if no one in the younger generation learns it, it could end up like shorthand (which I still use at meetings to take notes). Another lost art is tatting. My DGM was going to teach me but when by the time I was old enough to learn, Parkinson's had taken it's hold on her.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:22 PM
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I'm a longarm quilter, but I don't think hand quilting will ever die. I would do it if I had time. And my niece does hand quilting also. She's on this board: Kim Bohannon.
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