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Thread: hand quilting vs machine quilting

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    Question hand quilting vs machine quilting

    My husband and I have been having an extended discussion! I'm making a very, very large mariners compass...at his request. He wants me to add borders, more details, etc. to make this into a queen sized quilt. Then he wants me to hand quilt the whole thing and I'm just having a hissy fit about it. I am trying to convince him that most people machine quilt or hire a LAQ to do the huge quilts. He has made me a gorgeous cherry quilting frame...and I do appreciate it, but I don't feel like spending months hand quilting a quilt while leaning over this frame. His mother was an excellent quilter and did everything by hand.....many, many years ago. He thinks this is the way it still should be done. I feel I should say...pick up a needle and you do the quilting then! Can you tell I'm upset? I've done a lot of handquilting on lap and baby quilts, but the thought of doing a queen sized quilt just overwhelms me. I really believe hand quilting is a lovely art, but I don't feel like it's the only way to end up with a beautiful quilt. SO....I told him I would take a survey and see what the rest of you think.
    How many of you still hand quilt, or do you do some by hand, some by machine, and some by LAQ? I think he needs to see some answers in print to realize I"m not the only woman that feels this way. He's such a wonderful husband, but on this subject....we totally see things differently. HELP! What is your opinion?

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    If your husband absolutely insists that it be hand quilted, tell him you're worried that you wouldn't be able to do it justice, and send it out to be hand quilted. There ARE quilters out there who will hand-quilt for a fee.

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    This is not the age of husband's duties and wifely duties. Husbands have been emancipated also. They cook, clean, take care of children, etc. They also quilt. Ask any number of the men on this board. If he feels so strongly about hand quilting, show him how to "stab" quilt and let him enjoy his new hobby. It will be a his and hers quilt. You pieced, he quilted. If he's not that emancipated in 2012,, then shame on him.
    Last edited by TanyaL; 01-31-2012 at 03:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    This is not the age of husband's duties and wifely duties
    So true! And he's not this way about anything else. He cooks, bakes, cleans, etc as much as I do. I think it's an emotional issue to keep the tradition going...his mom has Alzheimers and can't do this anymore. We have 20 quilts she's made, but they're getting older and worn out. I know he'll eventually see my opinion in a good light...I just wanted to know how others feel about hand quilting/machine. Is one really better than the other? I don't think so.

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    Hand him a needle and thread , and a practice sandwich!
    If you do not want to hand quilt it , and I really don't blame you, let him know that it would tarnish what started as a labor of love into drudgery., but add once his skills are up to the task , you would not mind doing it together.
    At the end of a bed size quilt , I give myself a gift....I send it to a PRO!

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    I agree with Lori S. If you are dreading hand quilting it, you might not ever get it done. You know, those jobs we hate that get pushed back. I machine quilt. I have done 1 hand quilted project. I did like it afterwards, but it takes way to long for me and I am not that good at it.
    My vote: machine quilt (if this is what YOU want)

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    I do a lot of hand quilting but I wouldn't want to hand quilt a queen size mariners compass. There are too many seams in that to hand quilt thru. Besides it would take forever, don't know about you but I don't have endless hours to spend on hand quilting every day. I would like to be able to enjoy my quilt while I'm still able. Just think, the money you save in chiropractic bills can be used to pay the LAQ.
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    I machine quilt all the ones I make....

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    At the quilt shows aren't machine and hand quilted in different catagories, one is not considered better than the other, just different.

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    If I had to hand quilt I wouldn't be quilting
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    Wow - what an honor that he has made this quilt frame w/ you in mind. Does he ask for much? Even if this takes forever to quilt by hand, is that so bad? You are so lucky to have a husband that takes an interest in your hobby - so many men don't.

    I am a hand quilter, and don't machine quilt. And the 2 are not the same. To him there may be something kismit like that his mother hand quilted and his wife quilts and can hand quilt.

    Wouldn't it be an honor to finish this quilt that the 2 of you created in a way that was important to him?
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    tell him that when he cooks on a wood stove you will hand quilt.

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    I do all hand quilting and I do it for others as well, in all sizes. For a intricate masterpiece like a Mariner's Compass, I would recommend hand quilting. It sounds like it is going to be an heirloom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca View Post
    Wow - what an honor that he has made this quilt frame w/ you in mind. Does he ask for much? Even if this takes forever to quilt by hand, is that so bad? You are so lucky to have a husband that takes an interest in your hobby - so many men don't.

    I am a hand quilter, and don't machine quilt. And the 2 are not the same. To him there may be something kismit like that his mother hand quilted and his wife quilts and can hand quilt.

    Wouldn't it be an honor to finish this quilt that the 2 of you created in a way that was important to him?
    You make some very good points. I think I'm liking the idea of offering to teach him to hand quilt and make it into a joint project....but the LAQ is still sort of calling my name. At 63, I think I'm getting a little lazy about some things. I spent so many years teaching and now I'm enjoying things that I just couldn't fit in before...quilting, reading, canasta, sailing. I tend to like to spend my time doing things I enjoy rather than something I feel pressured into doing. But doing the quilting together may be a good compromise. Now, I hope he doesn't try to get me into his woodworking activities.

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    I used to hand quilt up to a baby quilt-we got a long arm and will never hand quilt again.I needed 2 carpal tunnel operations-hand quilting was part of the reason.We have machines now-use them.I agree tell him to do it
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    I hand quilt, but faced with how you feel, I would start showing him pictures of beautifully machine-quilted quilts. Unless you really enjoy hand quilting, it would be a waste of your time. Machine quilt it, and do something you enjoy with your time. You've earned it.

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    I WILL hand quilt...and I'm pretty good at it...but I am also EXPENSIVE at it! I would charge at least $1,000 for a queen sized quilt...and I wouldn't recommend that you have me do it unless it's a very, very meaningful quilt to you.

    Otherwise? That's exactly why I have a longarm!!
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    Hand Quilting is my favorite part. I do some SID & am learning FMQ, 'cause I have way too many plans for quilts & not enough time to get 'em all quilted. Quilting is a wonderful hobby but only you can decide which way you want to quilt! I understand that your DH wants to continue the tradition of hand quilting, but if he wants to continue it then he can hand quilt it.
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    I only hand quilt, men do quilt so if he wants this hand quilted teach him how and he may like it and do it together. I also do hand quilting for others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gus View Post
    If I had to hand quilt I wouldn't be quilting
    me too!!!!

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    I hand quilted a queen size quilt that my SIL pieced for me--It's beautiful. That said, it took me over a year to quilt it and I will never hand quilt another one. I don't have a LA, do all my quilting on my Janome 6600. I also want that almost instant gratification of getting the quilt completed quickly.
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    Some of hand quilt, some of us machine quilt, others send them out to be hand or machine quilted. Each to their own and there really isn't any clear answer as to which is better. It is a matter of preference. I can always tell if it is machine quilted. I do prefer hand quilted.....but that is my preference. For some reason, machine quilted just seems "assembly line" to me, but then again that is just my take on it and I don't mean that to be derrogatory in any manner toward anyone.
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    Handquilting is someting you have to really want to do because it is so time consuming. I have hand quilted 2 queen sized quilts. I like to handquilt at least one quilt a year over the Winter. However, I also enjoy machine quilting just as much or better because it is so much faster.

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    NO ! No Way would I hand quilt a queen size quilt. I would either quilt it on my sewing machine or send it out. There are women who hand quilt a queen for about $300 or more. Let your husband either start quilting, send it out for someone else to hand quilt it or you do it your way. I'm not too good about having my DH decide my work load.

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