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    hand quilting

    I've noticed that a lot of the quilting I've viewed is machine stitched. are there any hand quilters out there?

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    Hi Sewmerry. I am a hand quilter. I have just recently started doing some machine stitch in the ditch. The quilt that I am working on has both hand quilting and sid. I have arthritis in my dominant wrist so started using the machine for some of my quilting. But I love the hand quilting.
    Linda

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    I started doing hand quilting last year. I did a full-size bed quilt for my guest room & 3 lap quilts for 3 grandsons. I have done s-i-d on lap quilts projects in the past.

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    I do almost exclusively hand quilting and have for 30 years or so. I'm actually afraid to machine quilt as I don't have the know how or skill and would be horrified to ruin something as a "practice" piece. Yes, we are here.

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    I'm here
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    I'm a hand quilter - find no pleasure sitting at a sewing machine

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    I prefer to hand quilt as I find it relaxing. However I also machine quilt when the quilt is going to be washed often eg. childs' quilt.

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    I do some and some. I was a hand quilter but my hands are really bad now and the hand quilting causes me a lot of pain so I have to limit how much hand quilting I do now
    ​Jan

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    Hi all hand quilters. I hand quilt as well as machine. Quick projects by machine and small projects I can quilt on my knee at night hand quilt. Love both types. People are looking for hand quilting when they come to shows .
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    Another hand quilter here. Actually I think there are quite a few on this board. I usually machine piece and hand quilt. Very little machine quilting...only when donations require it. Otherwise I quilt while watching TV with DH in the evenings (when I'm not cruising around here, that is).

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    I'm a hand quilter too. : )

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    Yep we are here! I'm working on a queen size Lonestar now, all hand sewn.....but also have a twister going on the machine.........I prefer hand quilting because I find it relaxing.........sitting at the machine is like coming home from work to work some more

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    I used to hand quilt but unfortunately I can not do that any more. My hands are too arthritic. I loved sitting down watching TV and doing that.

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    lots of hand quilters here- you are not alone!
    i'm (both) i hand quilt some projects- i long-arm machine and i also quilt on my domestic machine- just depends on the project- I long-arm for other people too...and every once in a while i may have a quilt that contains all 3 methods...with some areas hand quilted- some long arm and some still done on my regular sewing machine. for me - very detailed areas i like to do on the domestic---lets me get up close & personal---
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Count me as one of the 'afraid of machines' group. I have done some machine piecing since I got a precious featherweight. It only goes forward and backwards...nothing fancy and confusing...but I still hand quilt.

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    Another handquilter here - I will machine piece, but hand quilt. Currently working on a king size quilt. I also find it very relaxing and therapeutic.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Me too, I find it very relaxing. My grandmother taught me how to hand quilt.I machine piece my quilts,but I have always and will always hand quilt them.

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    Raising my hand Most all the quilts I have made have been hand quilted. I have been very timid about trying machine quilting. So, yeah we are out here.
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    count me in I'm a both'er I have been hand quilting for years. I have a quilt in the frame all the time. it is my go to on the bad days.
    Scrapy quilts have more love in them.

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    I am a hand quilter. I try to have something to hand quilt by my chair every evening. Since I started quilting a little over two years ago, I have hand quilted 4 quilts (reg and queen), 3 baby quilts and more than 7 table runners. I do machine all the piece work and I am now doing machine sewing around the the outline of the blocks (stitching-in-the-ditch) and then hand quilting the details in the blocks. Here is a square from my GD's Christmas quilt. I am getting better at it. My stitches are getting smaller
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    Busy in Ohio

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    There are more of us than you might think - I hand quilt, hand piece and hand appliqué.

    Janet

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    Have those who have difficulty hand quilting tried the "stab stitch" technique. You may or may not like it but might be an alternative. Also there is a "thimble" somewhat like a paddle that I am told is good for those having difficult with the traditional thimble.
    Hand quilting is still alive and well. For years and up to this year I taught for a traveling convention and usually had one class per event with from 15-20 students and 8 events a year - do the math.

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    I am brand new here but have read comments
    for several months. Hand quilter all the way. I do machine piece, but hand appliqué and quilting is relaxing for me. Sitting at a machine is not too pleasant for me but hunkering down under a quilt hoop certainly is!

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    *raises hand*

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    I am also a hand quilter !

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