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    I have just finished making a table runner. I am a hand quilter and not sure how to quilt something narrow. I have always used a hoop in the past and not sure it will fit. I would appreciate any suggestions.

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    I personally would use basting spray or pin very liberally and go for it without a hoop.

    Linda D.

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    I bought a plastic square hoop, you can adjust size by adding extender pieces to make it a rectangle. it is what I use to do small blocks.

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    You can just pin fabric pieces to your edges of your quilt sandwich until it's large enough for whatever frame you have on hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    You can just pin fabric pieces to your edges of your quilt sandwich until it's large enough for whatever frame you have on hand.

    This is what I would do also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    You can just pin fabric pieces to your edges of your quilt sandwich until it's large enough for whatever frame you have on hand.
    I would also do this, except I have basted the fabric to the edge instead of using pins.

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    I agree.

    Take a piece of fabric (I like a towel because it's bulkier and more secure in the frame) and pin it to the edge(s) of your basted quilt sandwich temporarily. You then have a big enough item to fit in a hoop.

    I actually use a PVC hoop in a smaller size for hand quilting small things.

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    The small PVC hoop is the answer ,They work really well Wilma osmond

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    From Don-isewman1.. I'll tell you what I have done, with a couple narrow project's, was sewing 6 or 8'' material on the sides, of the projects, and then put it in a hoop, and finished hand quilting it..Hope this will help some what..

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    You can sew (baste) some "cheater" material along edge so that you can fit it into a hoop. I think I was taught this in a quilting class on hand quilting....what to do when you get to the border of edge of quilt and there is not enough to fill up hoop. Hope this helps, suzie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I have had good luck basting and then quilting without a hoop. You might try it and see if it looks good. You can always do the hoop if you don't like it.
    This is what I do as well, as a matter of fact, I do all my hand quilting hoopless..only difference is the way you hold the needle,,, no rocking, just hold it like you are hand piecing... with your thimble behind to push it through

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    I have done some wall hangings with out a hoop with no problems.

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    you can baste a piece of fabric on edges, making the project wider. This can help. Plus, some use extra cloth on edges to add to thickness when doing this. Makes sense, the runner is probably thicker than one piece of fabric.
    by the way.. this does work well. Good luck with you project. I quilt by hand too.
    Ellen

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    My hand quilting without a hoop comes out great, just make sure that the piece is tacked together very well, so that the 3 parts cannot move. I also like to do quilting using a bit bigger running stitches so that the quilting can be seen just a bit.
    Take care and have a great day.

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