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Thread: Hand Quilting and the LQS

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    I also do hand quilting and sorry to be so dense, but what is an "Aunt Becky". Never heard of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizzyquilter
    I also had a bad experience with a quilting shop. I hand quilt also and noticed all the quilts that were showing were machine quilted. I asked if anyone hand quilted and was told people are too busy. Well then...why quilt at all? To me the art of quilting is hand quilting, not many people can do that...the way I see it....anyone can machine quilt.
    I hand quilt and love it, I will always hand quilt. But I have done some machine quilting and anyone can do it but not everyone can do it well. It is very difficult to do. It takes a very creative eye and a steady hand. It isn't just sit and sew away. I admire those who machine quilt the beauties we see here, I doubt I could ever do what they do. They are artists and enjoy quilting as much as a hand quilter, it's just another example of different strokes for different folks. I'm so glad they are around, the fabric choices and tools have gotten so much better since machine quilting became popular.

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    I would love to learn to hand quilt, I think it would be nice to know how to do both. You can't always take a sewing machine with your when you go to other peoples homes and want something to do in the evening.
    I just wish I could find somebody who would be willing to show me how to properly set up a quilt on a hoop, can't afford a quilt frame, then show me the proper way to hand quilt either with or without the Aunt Betty.

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    Ashley, I live in Knoxville, too, and I have a pretty good idea which LQS you went to that wasn't very helpful! Let's face it, there are quilt stores and then there are GOOD quilt stores! There is at least one in this town I will NOT go to unless I am really desperate! I called them once looking for the 1895 series of Hoffman batiks. They didn't have a clue what I was talking about -- I mean, there are only about 350 different colors in that series and it has existed for quite a few years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCL in FL
    I hand quilt and love it, I will always hand quilt. But I have done some machine quilting and anyone can do it but not everyone can do it well. It is very difficult to do. It takes a very creative eye and a steady hand. It isn't just sit and sew away. I admire those who machine quilt the beauties we see here, I doubt I could ever do what they do. They are artists and enjoy quilting as much as a hand quilter, it's just another example of different strokes for different folks. I'm so glad they are around, the fabric choices and tools have gotten so much better since machine quilting became popular.
    Thank you. As a longarm quilter, I was beginning to feel like the red-headed step-child. I can hand quilt too, just don't like it, but I don't bash those who do enjoy hand quilting. Completely different skill set, just like those with computerized longarm systems...different skill then hand-guided longarm quilting. I can't quilt by moving my quilt in my DSM, but I admire the work done by those who can. We are lucky that there are so many ways for us to create the quilts we love, why can't all kinds of quilting be appreciated for the art that it is? The LQS that treated AshleyR so shabbily is no different from hand quilters saying a quilt that is machine quilted really isn't a quilt. I think there is room for all kinds of quilting. If we all liked and did the same thing, that would just be boring!

    I just wish AshleyR could come by my LQS, she is an awesome hand quilter and happy to share her art. She has lots of thread, needles and other cool things that hand quilters use, but she doesn't have anything I can use for longarm quilting! Except, of course, the quilts she has me quilt for her and all the yummy fabric!

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    Well, I certainly didn't mean for this to turn into an Aunt Becky advertisement or a LQS bash or a machine-quilting bash.
    I'll be honest, I had an idea in my head about what machine quilting is... and I didn't think it was much of an art. Push a button and it quilts itself? But that was before I joined this forum and realized that it's not just "set it and forget it". So I looked around the internet and found some amazing examples of machine quilting!! We all have our preferences, and thatís why they offer chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
    The ladies at the quilt store were perfectly nice to me and Iím not complaining about that store-or any store for that matter! They didnít have what I wanted, and I still have to wait on it to come in the mail. Life goes on! I wrongly assumed that they would carry something that AC Moore, Michaels, Joanneís, and Hobby Lobby didnít carry either. I wasnít impressed by the store, but that doesnít mean that they are bad and Iím sorry if my venting came off that way.

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    I haven't read this entire thread so i hope i'm not repeating someone else. I have Aunt Becky's thimble and also the lap hoop and I love them both. I do understand what you mean when you say you have difficulty finding LQS's who cater our handquilting needs. I love quilt stores but mostly leave empty handed.... No needles, or good thimbles, or threads, or rubber fingers etc. SO... i make a day trip to Amish country (for me that's Shipshewana Indiana) ever so often and load up! I love to shop in the Amish stores, right alongside them. :-D They understand handquilting needs!
    Melody

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    Wanted to add that I got my Aunt Beckys today in the mail. It's a bit skimpier than I imagined :) And I went into another shop today, just to see... I needed machine needles... "Do you carry an Aunt Becky?"
    He at least knew what I was talking about, but he doesn't carry anything for hand quilting. Strike Two!

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    Hi Ashley,
    I started quilt making in the late 80's when hand quilting was a lot more popular than it seems to be now.
    I haven't used that Aunt Becky thing- let me know how you like it.
    I also find it very relaxing :)
    Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR
    Wanted to add that I got my Aunt Beckys today in the mail. It's a bit skimpier than I imagined :) And I went into another shop today, just to see... I needed machine needles... "Do you carry an Aunt Becky?"
    He at least knew what I was talking about, but he doesn't carry anything for hand quilting. Strike Two!
    I just ordered Aunt Becky today from connecting threads...it is on it's way....I do hope I like it. :)

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    Ashley - I know all too well the frustration of not being able to find YLI hand quilting thread, or a good selection of stencils to mark my quilt. I am thankful that I got a great frame about 10 yrs ago that doesn't take up a lot of space.

    I spend every evening quilting when I come home from work...can't imagine doing anything else!

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    I'm going to post this in pictures, too...

    This is my quilting before Aunt Becky
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    This is my attempts at using Aunt Becky
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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR
    I'm going to post this in pictures, too...
    I do think before looks better....good job.. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizzyquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR
    I'm going to post this in pictures, too...
    I do think before looks better....good job.. :thumbup:
    I agree. I'm not comfortable using her yet!

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    When I was growing up (which was a while ago) all we ever did was hand quilting. They didn't have long arm quilting back then. They didn't even "stitch in the ditch". The quilt was either tied or it was "properly quilted". I sure wish I'd had an Aunt Becky's finger saver then! I used to use a thimble and push the needle through with my thumb. (I was a child, and then a teen. The thimble fit on my thumb.) My Mother and Great Grandmother, who taught me how to quilt, made leather thimbles for her own thumbs. I thought it was relaxing, but sometimes boring. I liked it better when we had "quilting bees" and there was a whole lot of women working on the same quilt. It was a badge of honor to be a child and be allowed to work the quilt with the women.

    A few years ago, my husband and I were visiting friends, and were planning to go out for dinner. The gentleman from the other couple went to put on his evening shirt, and found that a seam had come apart. I said: "No, problem, I can fix that right up for you." They didn't have a sewing machine, but they did have needle and thread. So I stitched the seam shut. I remember him looking at it in awe. "Where did you learn to sew such perfect straight, perfectly equal, little stitches?" he asked. Well, then my secret was out!

    Now that I'm retired from a grueling career, and routine 60-70 hour weeks, I am back to quilting. I don't know how to LAQ. I do want to learn, and am learning. But it's amazing how easy it is for me to pick up a needle and thread and quilt away on some small project I'm making while Hubby watches TV (I don't watch, but he enjoys it, and I enjoy being with him). However, I've been told, by my nieces and nephews, and now grandnieces and grandnephews, (and they are such experts on what is in fashion) that hand quilting is "old fashioned", so if I send them something, they want it machine quilted. However, my sisters and brothers do not see it this way, and welcome all hand quilting.

    As soon as I finish this post, I'm going to order one of the finger protectors from Connecting Threads (one of my most favorite stores -- love, love, love their fabric clearance section -- great fabric for great prices).

    You aren't the only one who still likes to hand quilt. We're still out here!

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    I have to say, I don't like Aunt Becky much at all. I can't get it to pick up the backing fabric.

    However, I did find a store that sells hand-quilting supplies!

    More good news: I showed a picture of a quilt I'm working on to the sewing machine place and he asked me if I'd be interested in holding a hand-quilting class!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR
    I have to say, I don't like Aunt Becky much at all. I can't get it to pick up the backing fabric.

    However, I did find a store that sells hand-quilting supplies!

    More good news: I showed a picture of a quilt I'm working on to the sewing machine place and he asked me if I'd be interested in holding a hand-quilting class!
    Good for you! I wish I had the chance to show people how to hand quilt. I also received the Aunt Becky in the mail last week. I tried wearing it and it keeps falling off. I haven't tried it for quilting yet, we will see how that works...good thing it was not expensive. :|

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    [quote=bizzyquilter]

    Good for you! I wish I had the chance to show people how to hand quilt. I also received the Aunt Becky in the mail last week. I tried wearing it and it keeps falling off. I haven't tried it for quilting yet, we will see how that works...good thing it was not expensive. :|
    I didn't put it on like a thimble. I held it between my finger and thumb, but found that it worked better kind of on the side of my finger... kind of like this picture: http://www.learnguitarblog.com/image...tar-pick-2.jpg

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    [quote=AshleyR]
    Quote Originally Posted by bizzyquilter

    Good for you! I wish I had the chance to show people how to hand quilt. I also received the Aunt Becky in the mail last week. I tried wearing it and it keeps falling off. I haven't tried it for quilting yet, we will see how that works...good thing it was not expensive. :|
    I didn't put it on like a thimble. I held it between my finger and thumb, but found that it worked better kind of on the side of my finger... kind of like this picture: http://www.learnguitarblog.com/image...tar-pick-2.jpg
    Thanks for showing how to use it. I will give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizzyquilter
    Thanks for showing how to use it. I will give it a try.
    I hope you have better luck than I did :)

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    I don't know what brought me back to this thread, but ironically, I don't do much hand-quilting these days (too hot!) but I still don't patronize those LQS, and I'm turning away from going to Joanns too. It left a sour taste in my mouth that's still here 6 months later!

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