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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Be sure to use the right kind of thimble with the Aunt Becky. Here is the developer's website that shows the thimble:
    http://jeansimpressions.com/

    I think the thimble needs to have the outer ring and fairly deep "dimples". I didn't see this thimble at Connecting Threads, but a Google search showed a number of sites selling it for about $8 plus shipping. And, of course, as a hand quilter you may already have a suitable thimble on hand. :-D
    I am hoping that my thimble will work. It's not quite as extreme as her's but it's flat and I can control the needle pretty well. I never thought about it until I saw her video!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR
    Quote Originally Posted by BluegrassGurl
    I want an "Aunt Becky" too. Where did you get yours?
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...___D80688.html

    Let me know if you like it!
    thanks for that link. i didn't know what it was either

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR
    Quote Originally Posted by BluegrassGurl
    I want an "Aunt Becky" too. Where did you get yours?
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...___D80688.html

    Let me know if you like it!
    Sorry, I can't give a link, because it's over a year since I watched it, but there is a Youtube video with a lady showing how to use an Aunt Becky.

    Found it : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeSSyueipPw

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    Like so many others posted, LQS needs to cater to the many, not the few. Really all you need for handquilting is quilting betweens and thread. You don't even need a thimble, I only use one part of the time. In fact there are a lot of us here on the QB that are "fingernail" quilters. We push the needle through with our fingernail.

    I think anything else is just a gadget and the job can be done without. Which is why LQS would really only carry the essentials for hand quilting. Needles, plain vanilla thimbles and thread. Every once in a while you will find a LQS that carries really nice thimbles or gadgets. This is why we have the net. Quilt shows are sometimes good venues for out of the ordinary supplies. That is where I found my uber-expensive TJ Lane thimble, which is the only thimble I have ever been able to train myself to use (some of the time!)

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    I do hand quilt alot and the only, only thread I use is YLI. It comes in all colors, but I usually use grey or natural or tan. It is strong and does not tangle. I think you do have to buy it at a quilt shop. It maybe a bit more expensive, but well worth it!

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    I love to hand piece, hand quilt. I love to get my excellent scissors and templates and go to town doing the project. I have one going all the time. I have only a few more pieces to connect and I am ready to hand quilt it. I will recommend a book by Jinny Beyer. It is called "Quiltmaking by hand". I learned a lot just by reading it. It makes a great reference. My favorite way to locate hand patterns is from the old magazines. They just call me. I never start one to finish it in a short time.......Patience is a virture. I always have something ready to take along to the hospital to sit with a friend or relative....I am ready to go.

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    Sorry DBL post

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    Perhaps this is an opportunity to enlighten your LQS so they would have more hand quilting classes. I bet they have hand applique classes.

    I am confused though. Do you do all your piecing by hand too?

    Many LQS's also teach the beginning quilter on how to do the various parts of quilting: color choices, design choices, estimating fabric, cutting with rotary cutters, batting choices, binding, label making, and much, much more. They can be a great resource.

    I like the quality of the fabrics at the LQS's. When I want to make something really nice for someone special I won't use Joann's or Hobby Lobby or WalMart. I go to those store for other fabrics and notions.

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    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...19466527029261 show's Aunt Becky working a little better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    Perhaps this is an opportunity to enlighten your LQS so they would have more hand quilting classes. I bet they have hand applique classes.

    I am confused though. Do you do all your piecing by hand too?

    Many LQS's also teach the beginning quilter on how to do the various parts of quilting: color choices, design choices, estimating fabric, cutting with rotary cutters, batting choices, binding, label making, and much, much more. They can be a great resource.

    I like the quality of the fabrics at the LQS's. When I want to make something really nice for someone special I won't use Joann's or Hobby Lobby or WalMart. I go to those store for other fabrics and notions.

    ali

    no, I don't piece. I quilt "cheaters" or whole cloth quilts or I buy pieced tops.

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    I am a handquilter - I truly understand.

    I learned to quilt from my Grandmother who passed her art of quilting to me - one hand stitch at a time.

    I am so sorry for your bad experience. A true quilter would believe in her craft - it is stitched into her very being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR
    Quote Originally Posted by BluegrassGurl
    I want an "Aunt Becky" too. Where did you get yours?
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...___D80688.html

    Let me know if you like it!
    Watched the videos and have to have one - thank you for this topic. Now the waiting begins till it arrives!

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    I'm interested in hearing how you like your Aunt Becky. I've looked at them and been intrigued but haven't bought one.

    My LQS isn't too different - many machine quilting options very few hand quilting options and that's all I do as well. Fortunately I'm close enough to Lancaster, PA to get things I can't find locally if I don't want to order online. That said, my LQS does occassionally offer hand quilting lessons/classes and at least carries thread, a variety of thimbles, etc. Just not an extensive selection. Have to say I was in Albuquerque, NM recently and was very impressed with the variety of stencils and things available there. But then, there were 7 LQS there! Quilters heaven.

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    I've never heard of an Aunt Becky, so I went to CT to look, and remembered that I needed to order batting while it was still on sale. Thanks for the reminder! And the video was excellent. Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    Like so many others posted, LQS needs to cater to the many, not the few. Really all you need for handquilting is quilting betweens and thread. You don't even need a thimble, I only use one part of the time. In fact there are a lot of us here on the QB that are "fingernail" quilters. We push the needle through with our fingernail.
    Feline, you speak right from my heart. I stopped using a thimble because it was impossible to find one that worked for me. I changed my quilting technique a little bit and I don't need a thimble any more.
    We seem so have a very similar situation here in Germany compared to yours in US. It's getting harder and harder to find special hand quilting thread, high quality battings and fabrics (at the moment I really don't have an idea where I should buy the solids I need...). But I am sure I will never stop hand quilting because of that. It is too important for me.

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    My LQS supports both hand and machine quilters, but no 2 stores are really alike. A few are downright snooty. I do hope you are willing to show us your work. I don't do hand quilting, but enjoy hand applique. Hopefully, we can co-exist with all 'flavors' of quilters.

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    I shop everywhere.lol :lol: :lol: :lol: There are some shops that are just great to go into and get you all revved up to go back and quilt more, which is good when you are having an off time. There are some shops that just don't do it for me either. ON the net there are great places to shop. I do like to spend in the community when I can to keep folks going especially in our area where it is so depressed.

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    I also ordered an Aunt Becky on line over a year ago so I would have one "just in case" when I started to hand quilt. But I haven't gotten to that point yet. I have been practicing on squares to make Microwave Bowls for Chirstmas gifts. I have also been purchasing stencils for handquilting as well. One of the local stores where I purchase fabric has a limited selection of stencils, but I purchase a couple each time they get new ones in stock and I have ordered a few off line.

    I seldom get a chance to shop at a Hobby Lobby, JoAnns, or other big box store as the nearest ones are over 65 miles from where I live. I am grateful I have the internet to learn about techniques and tools available. Part of moving back to Kentucky was to slow my life down and I moved right in the middle of "hurry up and get it quilted", unfortunately with my fellow guild members our local LAQ is months behind in getting their quilts finished. I think there are two other members besides myself who do some hand quilting, but for me it is something I have wanted to do since my Aunt took me to her ladies quilting group when I was 15. I doubt my Aunt ever heard of an Aunt Becky and I am sure my other Aunt only used a thimble and needle and thread.

    Maybe some day I will have a quilt LAQ, but for the time being I am all about hand quilting and learning to slowdown my life. I have accepted the fact that my greatest quilting tool is the internet for ideas, patterns, books, tools, and techniques.

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    don't give up because of that one shop- i know of 3 different ones in my area that have HAND QUILTING classes- and pretty much any time you enter one of them you will see a couple ladies sitting in the class room hand quilting- i've spent lots of time just watching-chatting.
    not all shops are just in it to sell fq's, books and supplies

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    This is your opportunity to become the hand quilting guru for them. Take what you bought in to show them along with some of your work. They may want to offer some classes for others. I learned my handquilting at one of the local LQS in our area.

    Don't give up!

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    I wanted a particular color for hand quilting. I went to 2 LQS and they just looked at me -- Hand quilting thread??? they had regular thread and maching quilting thread. I found what I wanted at Joannes. They still have hand quilting thread in colors - not just white.

    I do have a wonderful LQS here but it is small and they don't carry much thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR
    Quote Originally Posted by BluegrassGurl
    I want an "Aunt Becky" too. Where did you get yours?
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...___D80688.html

    Let me know if you like it!

    have you used it yet? looks awkward to me.

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    I made my first quilt in 1967. At the time no one I knew was quilting. I have always been a handquilter, not piecer. Once a used a retangular floor frame I taught myself to quilt with both hands. I have handquilted a queen size quilt in as little as 6 weeks without driving myself crazy. Handquilting is something you can do with a group, while at a meeting for something else or just watching TV with your family etc. It can be totally portable and does not require electiricty. You could even listen to books on tape and kill two birds with one stone. I belong to two guilds and a small BEE. For those just getting into quilting it is an inexpensive way to learn. I small wholecloth pillow cover is a great way to see if you really want to do this without making a huge investment in machines etc.
    I have several friends who purchased longarms and then took in other people's work to help pay for them. They get burned out in a hurry. The only thing I machine quilt is the many Linus Quilts I make each month. I knew the recepients will have no way to properly care for them or they will be put through a commercial laundry. I sleep under a handquilted quilt every night. While I don't launder any blankets or quilts everyweek except for those who directly touch a human body they do get laundered and have always held up for years. The first quilt I made over 40 years ago is still floating around in our garage. My husband lays on it if he has to get under the car or truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Be sure to use the right kind of thimble with the Aunt Becky. Here is the developer's website that shows the thimble:
    http://jeansimpressions.com/

    I think the thimble needs to have the outer ring and fairly deep "dimples". I didn't see this thimble at Connecting Threads, but a Google search showed a number of sites selling it for about $8 plus shipping. And, of course, as a hand quilter you may already have a suitable thimble on hand. :-D
    Thank you for the link to an awesome video! First, I need to get the right kind of thimble and then learn to actually USE it. Then I'll try my hand with the Aunt Becky.

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    I have had the same experience with several quilt stores. They don't cater to hand quilting but there are enough that do that I get along. One of the reasons I like to hand quilt is that I don't need a lot of tools to do it so I am not going to be a big spender. I was shocked when I went to a quilt store in a small town and they did not carry hand quilting thread at all. Amazing. They had a good selection of fabric though. Again, I don't buy much because I just don't need much.

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