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Thread: How many of you quilt your own quilts?

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    Senior Member marscrafter's Avatar
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    I quilt my own as well. I can't afford to have someone work on one for me, but I can understand why people send them out, I have seen some beautiful work.

    I used to tie my quilts, then moved onto using my machine which broke this week. Luckily I started hand quilting recently so it gives me an excuse to practice. I think as long as you are enjoying what you are working on, that's the important part anyway.

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    Quilting the quilt is my least favorite part of the process, but I've only quilted them myself. I'm continually amazed at the number of people who have their own long arm machines.

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    I quilt my own on my home sewing machine due to budget constraints. I enjoy it & keep trying new things with various projects. I'm saving up for a new sewing machine (not a long arm) with a larger throat so I can quilt an over-sized queen I have waiting for quilting. It's been waiting a very long time.
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    I also do all my own hand quilting. If I wouldn't do that, I wouldn't be a quilter - my quilts are wholecloth quilts, I never do patchwork.

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    I quilt my own on my Janome 6500 or Bernina 830 vintage sewing machine. I wished I had a long arm. It gets to be a chore when it is wider then 60 inches or so. I also think it does not look as nice as when it is done on a long arm.This is a cal King 10 foot by 10 foot (120"x120"). Too big really for a home machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaiQuilter View Post
    I took a class at my LQS to learn how to use their longarm, which includes 2 free hours. Once I use up the one-time 2 free hours, it'll be $15 an hour.
    My LQS offers that as well and it's on my list to do someday. I'm afraid there is so much time between my big quilts that I will never get "good" at it. So far I wrestle even the queen-sized under a standard Bernina throat, but then pay a masseuse to work out the knots in my shoulders!
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    I do my own quilting. I love FMQ, and there's NO WAY I could afford to pay someone else to do it.
    Life has given me so much more than scraps, but I make quilts anyway!
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    I quilt my own quilts. I'm always moaning about the cost of materials and I'm not prepared to pay another $250-$500 on top of the $350 (on average) that it took me to make it. I can also claim that it is all mine as well. I get better with each quilt.

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    i hand quilt, so i do all my own....sitting right next to the TV and computer...
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    I quilt my own on my Janome 6600. The largest I did was 100x100. My shoulders never hurt so much in my life. I am one to jump in and try anything. It may not be perfect, but it is mine. I am pretty good at meandering, swirls, leaves and hearts. If I could just master feathers I would be so happy. LOL!
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    for me, it's an issue of control. I hate to relinquish my quilt to someone else. Plus, if it didn't turn out like I wanted, I would hate hate hate to be that upset at someone else. upset at myself? I can handle that. and with practice, the efforts are improved vastly!

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    I can't afford to have someone else do the quilting.... retired..... limited income. But I love to piece more than quilt. I hand quilt the larger ones, machine quilt the small ones. I really love the look of hand quilting but it takes me awhile. Even though I'm retired, I still have a life and find so many things to do...

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    I also hand piece and hand quilt my quilts. I have one that has been LA quilted and it is beautiful, but it's not homemade in my eyes. It does take an awfully long time to hand quilt, but in the long run, I think it is well worth it. If I could figure out how to post some of my quilt photos, I would. ~~Ann~~

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    I only hand quilt so I do my own

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    I sent them out when I was working. Or tied them by hand for a primitive look. Now I SID if it's a lap or twin. Right now a wedding ring quilt is being pieced and my 84 year old mom tells me to hurry it up so she can hand quilt it! She is a champ and gets them done fairly quickly. (A month or two) If I hand quilted them, they would never get done!

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    I cannot afford the LA so have taken several classes and do all of mine on the Bernina even the extra large ones I do in sections then put the sections together I do not feel like it is really my quilt unless I do all the work does take me longer but with todays fabric prices I do not need to be making a quilt in a day anyway I do enjoy the quilting and do many other things than fm

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    My least favorite part is sandwiching the quilts. Yesterday I decided I had to do something with the tops I had made. I got backing and batting ready for 5 and have a couple more to go. I will FMQ these on my Bernina 440. It seems when I get a top pieced I have two or three (or more) ideas in my head that I want to do. I used to make mostly large quilts, and have used Marti Michell's method of quilting in sections. Now most of my quilts are lap size. I do love to hand quilt as well but don't hand quilt as many now as that takes quite a while.

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    Done it all..........machine quilted (simple SID or other straight line design), hand quilted AND sent one out to be edge to edge stitched. I like my quilts, even those for gifts, to be soft and functional with the ability to be washed many, many times. I love hand quilting but it takes me 2-3 months to finish one plus the time it takes to piece it so, from now on I'll be sending them out to be quilted but will try to always have one in the process of hand quilting.

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    I quilt my own. I make smaller quilts that I can hand quilt, or if I want something 'easy' I will do some in the ditch or echo quilting on the machine. I can do it myself and save a whole lot of money...

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    I've been making quilts for 30 years and have quilted every one of the quilts I've pieced myself. Started with hand quilting 'til my neck gave out with arthritis and now I machine quilt with an older domestic Kenmore.

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    I do all my quilting. I have quilted lap quilts and king size on my machine which is a regular machine with a 7 inch throat. I am saving to buy a machine with a longer throat so it will be easier to quilt. I can not afford to bring a quilt to a LAQ. I will just save my money to get a better sewing machine. I also hand quilt some of my quilts.

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    I wouldn't dream of doing my own!! I appreciate what LAQ's do and just know that, that is not where my talents lie (actually, I'm still looking for them...)

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    I send most of mine to the LAQ to be quilted. I don't have a big enough room to set up a LAQ machine or old fashioned quilting frames to hand quilt. Wish I could learn to do my own on my home machine but that is yet to come.
    Lorraine

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    I hand quilt my own, regardless of the size

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    I hand piece and hand quilt my own. I love both processes no matter the size. The first one I did was a queen size. Love it!

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