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    Hand sewing quilt patterns

    I am going to be in bed pretty soon and would love to have patterns that don't need sewing machines.My back is going to put a stop to much machine sewing. I am currently making a cathedral window and found some variations of this but would love to have some other choices. Hope this doesn't sound dumb. I will be trying to see what I can do about cutting and etc. SIL is great about things like this. Thanks for any help you can give. I know any quilt can be hand done but some would be more fun than others.
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    double wedding ring or grandmother's flower garden
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    I love doing sampler's every block is different so you never get tied of one block. Also a charm quilt is nice to do using up your left over fabric.

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    Maybe a yo-yo quilt? Or some embroidery -- I've found I love redwork!
    People who start projects and never finish them are cooler
    than people who never start projects at all.


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    I have a similar issue, after an hour at a machine my back is screaming. I've tried every type of set up for the machine, but nothing helps. I can sit on the couch or in a comfy chair and hand sew for hours. Currently working with hexagons is my favorite. I did a slightly modified GFG in a queen size and a crib size GFG with small hexis for my granddaughter. Newest project I am trying to give a modern or manly twist to so I am using just three colors, red batik center, dark blue batik around the center to make a diamond shape and then a gray path.

    But honestly, most any pattern you like you can hand piece. I use 1/4 inch quilting tape to mark my seam width when I am piecing squares and triangles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpie2 View Post
    I've tried every type of set up for the machine, but nothing helps. I can sit on the couch or in a comfy chair and hand sew for hours.
    Sounds to me like maybe it's not your sewing machine set up, it's the kind of chair you're using to sit in as you sew...?

    Kate, you might check out Inklingo.com. Lots of ideas there for hand piecing, and it's actually a neat system for printing your cutting lines and seam allowances directly onto the fabric. Makes it very easy and simple to hand-piece.

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    If I'm hand piecing, I like to do patterns that are a bit more challenging to do by machine - mariners compass or feathered star, for example. For me, anything with triangles is easier if I sew by hand!

    Applique is also a good hand sewing project.

    Janet

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    I like two different quilts for hand piecing -- The Farmers Wife with 144 different block which are 6 inches each, and of course the Dear Jane quilt with 4 inch blocks. You may want to google both quilts, and Amazon has the books at a very low price. I think you will totally enjoy doing your hand piecing project. I find hand piecing very satisfying. I also recommend the little wooden stick for finger-pressing the seams --- it makes your work so much more clean at the seams. Tell us what you choose to do for the hand piecing projects, please.
    Kathy Bonafede in Colorado

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    How about Hickory nuts? I bought the templates for times that I am not up and about..There is a great tutorial for using them on here...

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    Winding ways, hearts and gizzards, tumbling blocks or anything with set in seams. Now is the time to try your hand at needle turn applique.

    Jinny Beyer is the queen of hand piecing and she has beautiful blocks and patterns on her website (even some free)
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    I agree you should check out Jinny Beyers website she has plenty of free blocks and patterns

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    I love to hand peice. Ifound I can handpeice any pattern that is made for machine peicing

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    If I were going to hand piece I would definitely investigate Inklingo. You can buy patterns but also buy the ability to print your pieces on the wrong side of the fabric by using Inklingo templates and fabric backed with freezer paper. Inklingo has tons of shapes and ideas. I have bought a few of the larger shapes for machine piecing. The program prints the cutting edge and the sewing line and the pieces I have sewn have gone together beautifully. Read up on it. Linda Franz the owner is always available to help answer questions and get you through the process if confusion arises. I love it. There is a little fabric waste but you can work with it and alleviate some of it.

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    Ardco.com has metal templates for a variety of patterns in various sizes. I like to hand piece and have used several of their template sets to do so. They are metal backed with sandpaper type surface and have cutting line and sewing line therefore very accurate.

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    here is the link to Inklingo
    http://lindafranz.com/

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    Drunkard's Path is a good one for hand piecing and one I liked a lot was Karen Combs Celtic Illusions. Thedesigns are gorgeous and lend themselves to hand piecing. Also any type of needle turn applique such as the Baltimores. AND - how about a whole cloth quilt?

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    I love hand piecing. Take the time during the day to set up all the pieces then get comfortable in the evening and sew. Any pattern will work. I have made many different blocks this way. Just finished the BIG STAR by Jenny last night. It is a nice way to see if you like a block when you can just do one. I think the hardest thing for me is finding blocks I like that are all the same size.

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    Grandma's Flower Garden is a good handpiecing project. "Quilts from Grandmother's Flower Garden" by Jaynette Huff has some nice wall quilts that may be a good bed project.

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    I have a bad back, also, but have found ways to work around it. The first is to use a hospital tray table..the feet slide right under your sofa, bed or chair..and the height is adjustable with a hand crank..that way you can sit in your favorite chair or even in bed and still sew. The way to get around the foot pedal is to buy an old hand crank machine..they work great for piecing. Or..you can buy one of the computerized brother machines(at walmart for $139.00, and $199.00, depending on bells and whistles),that will sew without the foot pedal..you just use a button on the machine to start/stop, and a slider to set you speed..I got the hang of mine very quickly.I'm sure there are other brands and other stores, but I'm familiar with the brother, and like it very much for piecing when I'm out of commission and can't sit at my regular machine. Good luck to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbonafede View Post
    I like two different quilts for hand piecing -- The Farmers Wife with 144 different block which are 6 inches each, and of course the Dear Jane quilt with 4 inch blocks. You may want to google both quilts, and Amazon has the books at a very low price. I think you will totally enjoy doing your hand piecing project. I find hand piecing very satisfying. I also recommend the little wooden stick for finger-pressing the seams --- it makes your work so much more clean at the seams. Tell us what you choose to do for the hand piecing projects, please.
    Hi

    Here is a link Re Dear Jane - where there is a tutorial for each of the little blocks ! Lots to be hand pieced here and if you prep some up - there is a lot you can do - until you can sit at your machine again !

    http://thatquilt.blogspot.co.uk

    All the best !

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    The hexagons for grandmother's flower garden are very easy and can be put together in a variety of interesting designs.

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    The Cathedral Window and the Reversible Quilt As You Go are my two favorite quilts to hand-piece. The greatest part is when you finish your blocks your quilt is done. Since you are doing the Cathedral Window I think you would love the Reversible QAYG. The process is similar but the outcome is much different. I have made 4 of these and thoroughly enjoyed making them, one from 30's Aunt Grace fabric, one from Civil War Repro fabric, one from plaids and one from home spuns.

    This is the link for the tutorial http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...go-t42722.html I do not use white in this quilt but I do use lights snd darks.

    God Bless and hope you have a speedy recovery.


    By the way I use the blind stitch or ladder stitch when connecting the blocks so the back is as pretty as the front.
    Last edited by GeeGee; 11-17-2012 at 10:01 PM. Reason: to add info
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    jinny beyer's book "quiltmaking by hand" is definitely worth taking a look at

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    When making the Reversible QAYG I started out with 4.5 inch squares instead of the 8 inch used in the tutorial.
    GeeGee

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    Having just had two spells of hospital treatment and followed by weeks months of sitting recuperating I went to many ideas. I had collected them in the weeks before and had a collection of boxes. I did find though after op one I was unable to use 1 hand properly and tried crochet instead . Then I did knitting and embroidery . Before the second op I purchased a singer feather weight , the small vintage machine in full working order. It is very light. Robust and mine only goes backwards and forwards. Made mug holders with pockets as they are very forgiving, weekend bags for children visiting dad at weekends and a few children's presents. Here are photos of projects done. With the magic squares I started the book way ended up designing my own way. Only problem I had you can see in the picture was the way I started. PM me to find more. Paper piecing is a great love so enjoyed this. I found cutting was problem so I had a selection of charm packs they have been very useful. My other problem was I live alone so no one to shop for me so had a large selection to go at. Still having problems only 2weeks since last op but my little sewing machine great.
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