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    Junior Member ImSvd1's Avatar
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    Doesn't anyone do hand quilting any more? the machine quilting is beautiful and I'm sure that it goes really fast. I've even done some machine quilting, mostly baby quilts that will need lots of washing. But to me there is something to be said about the love that goes into hand quilting. Just wondering... Sheryl

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    There are many hand quilters here. I have not done that as yet just due to my time available, but many others do.

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    I am from the old school, I only do hand quilting. But I think we are in the minority, hand quilting today is like what hand piecing was when I first started making quilts over 30 years ago - a rarity, practiced by only a few.

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    I hand quilt That is how my Great Aunt did it and I love the look, I am not nearly as good as she was but I keep trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I hand quilt That is how my Great Aunt did it and I love the look, I am not nearly as good as she was but I keep trying.
    I'm not great at it either, but I do keep working on it. I am preparing a quilt top now for the hoop, that was in a box from my DH's Grandmother. I don't think that it could or should be quilted any other way.

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    I also hand quilt and love it! I prefer to hand quilt unless under a time restraint. I have a huge quilt for fil I'm machine quilting and one for my sis that I'm hand quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    I am from the old school, I only do hand quilting. But I think we are in the minority, hand quilting today is like what hand piecing was when I first started making quilts over 30 years ago - a rarity, practiced by only a few.
    You are right, My Grandmother hand pieced and her quilts were beautiful. I enjoy hand work. It's very peaceful.

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    I adore hand quilting. The time it takes to do it is the only downfall I can find. I have only done small projects so far but have totally fallen in love with it. I find it to be very relaxing and giving me a real sense of accomplishment.

    I have a twin sized top that I am contemplating putting in my frame and hand quilting. I think it would take forever. I also have not decided on an actual design, yet.
    But one of these days I will get it out and finish.

    Very cold here in Ohio today. Good day to spend with my sewing machine.

    Chris

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    I love the handquilted look. There isn't anything any better. I've done 2 quilts by hand but am slow at it and my hand gets to hurting so badly that I can't work at it for a long time.... a couple hours a day at max.

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    I love to hand quilt.

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    There are still lots of hand quilters around - there are many on this board, in fact.

    I prefer to hand quilt because it relieves stress for me. I plug myself into an iPod and listen to books, so I really don't care how long it takes me.

    There are a few quilts that I've machined quilted. I enjoyed doing that too, but hand quilting is more peaceful for me.

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    I am hand quilting a 54 x 54 throw now. It is a wedding gift, and my hand quilting is better than my machine quilting. I find it very relaxing, plus when I am hand quilting, I don't eat junk food while I'm doing it.

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    and it keeps you warm while you are under it and quilting!!

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    My DM only hand quilts, myself I do both. I have found that when hand quilting by the time I am done I hate the quilt.I am truly tired of looking at it. Then I wash it and air dry it. Then I love it again. My mother is the same way.

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    I hand piece and hand quilt. I would MQ, but it's hard to find time to sit at the machine. My son is autistic and has lots of therapy, so I have a lot of time every afternoon to sit and twiddle my thumbs. HQ turns out to be faster.

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    I am attempting handquilting for the first time - a Hawaiian needleturn pillow - 18 x 18. I have tried using hoops, different sizes, and just can't get the comfortable with that. Little sections at a time, and it is getting better! I have been working on this for a some time, but agree that it IS relaxing. I know that I would never attempt even a lap quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins
    I have tried using hoops, different sizes, and just can't get the comfortable with that.
    If you baste really well, you don't have to use a hoop or frame. It's more important to be comfortable.

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    I have only been quilting about a year and just started hand-quilting.

    I love the look and I love the relaxation it brings me.

    I am currently working on a needleturned applique heart table topper with the quilted designs going around the borders.

    I love the way it is turning out, even though it isn't perfect!

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    OMG! I had just finished typing a "new" topic about this same thing! I sent it off and almost immediately saw that you had written about the same topic! Makes me very happy to see that there are others like me. Just wish the magazine editors would put more articles in their issues that address this form of the art!

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    My DS asked me to make him a quilt (made quilts for both of his kids for Christmas) and he wants me to hand quilt it. He says that is the only way to make a "real" quilt. The jury is still out on that one. I don't know if I want to spent that much time on it. I probably will since he usually gets his way with me. You might say he is a little spoiled even though his is married with children. lol
    Sue

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    I hand quilt, but not as much as machine quilting. I do enjoy the hand quilting. Hand piecing, not so much.

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    I hand quilt. My friends, also hand quilters and I were very surprised when we went to a Portland, OR quilt show and there was not one hand quiltted quilt there.
    Told my LQS about it and she said there are alot of use hand quilters here in my area BUT it is very hard to find quilt stencils. What's up with that?

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    I only quilt by hand and I do wholecloth quilts. I like to draw and design my own patterns and cut a lot of stencils by hand - not a big deal and easy to make out of cardboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMACountryGirl
    Told my LQS about it and she said there are alot of use hand quilters here in my area BUT it is very hard to find quilt stencils. What's up with that?
    I find that hard to believe. They may not stock stencils, but they aren't hard to find - even machine quilters use them.

    I make my own patterns too. I use netting, and trace the pattern onto it with a Sharpie. When the ink is dry I can use the netting pattern to trace the design on the quilt.

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    i only hand quilt, too. It is my therapy and i have a small frame set up in my office where i can watch tv, play on here and quilt all at the same time!

    I agree about quilt shows not having a lot of hand done quilts. I may enter a quilt just to have one there...My stitches aren't very small, but that's ok - they are fairly even and straight

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