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Thread: I just love handquilting!

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    Super Member ginnie6's Avatar
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    I started out handquilting...but for two years now I've been rushing trying to get all my kids quilts (working on the last one now) and doing a couple of giveaways. With rushing I've also been pushing to teach myself machine quilting cause it is so much faster. But I sandwiched my little dresser scarf yesterday and sat down with it last night. Oh the joy! I'm using perle cotton to quilt it doing the big stitch quilting. I sat there and quilted till 11 last night! I'm usually lights out by 9:30-10. I don't want to do anything else today but that. But I will make myself go thru my day.....get the kids school done, cleaning, and such and reward myself tonight. I can't wait to finish it but at the same time I just want to keep on working on it! I do have a wall hanging thats a ufo that I can do next and a lapquilt too. I have missed this!

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    I do too. Yesterday the computer was broke, so I started hand quilting a quilt for my wall. I just love hand work.

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    I'm glad to know there's another addict.

    I'm between quilts right now, and my sewing room is temporarily being used as storage...I'm going nuts without some hand quilting to do. :(

    Janet

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    I Love hand piecing and quilting. It is such a relaxing way to make a quilt. Ok, it takes a long time, but it gives such pride and satisfaction.

    I have tried machine quilting, but I just felt a slave to the sewing machine, which I really love but don't want to sit at it all day!

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    Another hand quilter here! Very relaxing, and rewarding when completed. I use my machine sometimes on smaller projects...but I am basically "sewing" not "quilting"...don't really know how to do it, so all my large quilts are done by hand.
    I think the end results of hand and machine quilting are very different, both beautiful and works of art.
    Happy quilting!

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    Hand quilting is alive and well....HOURAYYYYYYY

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    It is the best therapy in the world! I'm like in another zone.

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    I'm a hand quilter too, especially if I am using reproduction fabrics like 30's prints or Civil War prints because I want to have that old fashion look. I do some machine quilting but I prefer hand quilting. It's so relaxing at the end of the day to stitch a quilt. My quilts are like a diary with everything stitched into them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    Hand quilting is alive and well....HOURAYYYYYYY
    YES! And I really hope it remains like this! This wonderful craft should be continued and protected in our hectic world and I am happy to hear and see there are still hand quilters who do that.

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    Add my voice to the hand quilters! It is so calming, and it's rewarding when the work is done. I love starting a new project and watching it grow toward completion. Right now, though, I'm only working on hand doing the binding of my latest hand quilted project. I'll try to get pictures next week when it is presented to the lady who did the candlewicking on the original blocks.

    Jan in VA

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    Count me in! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Me too. I love hand quilting. Making yo-yo's at present.

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    O.K. I'm going to use this for personal gain, if that's all right. Since I've found all you hand quilting enthusiasts, can you please tell me how to build up a callous on my under finger? I hand quilt for a couple of hours in the evening, my under finger is so sore that I can't do it for several more days, and then I have to start all over again. I've tried "NuSkin" and "Liquid Bandage", and those sticky circles, but they don't help much and sometimes make it worse. Any suggestions, tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Hope I didn't break any forum rules by doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIJul
    O.K. I'm going to use this for personal gain, if that's all right. Since I've found all you hand quilting enthusiasts, can you please tell me how to build up a callous on my under finger? I hand quilt for a couple of hours in the evening, my under finger is so sore that I can't do it for several more days, and then I have to start all over again. I've tried "NuSkin" and "Liquid Bandage", and those sticky circles, but they don't help much and sometimes make it worse. Any suggestions, tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Hope I didn't break any forum rules by doing this.
    I think there's a couple of threads about this. I dimly remember a tool to help with the needle but I can't remember what it's called (sorry). the callus will eventually develop; just take of your fingers until then.

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    I love hand quilting too. I am working on one for a friend that has been so very sick. She got home from the hospital Tuesday after being there for almost 7 months. This is truly a work of love for her.

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    I love it as well. It is so therapeutic and I feel so proud when it is done!

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    I'll look for the thread on this - thanks!

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    I love handquilting also I do machine quilt my borders and smaller projects like wall hanging etc. I find hand quilting so relaxing it is nice to hear that there are others out there that are still handquilting. HORRAY. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIJul
    can you please tell me how to build up a callous on my under finger?
    I put a little piece of scotch tape on my finger when it gets too sore. I've read where some quilters use electrical tape, but I usually can find scotch tape, not so with electrical tape.

    Janet

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIJul
    Since I've found all you hand quilting enthusiasts, can you please tell me how to build up a callous on my under finger?
    I think you have to be a little patient - that needs a lot of practice. I am hand quilting about 6-8 hours a day and my callous is now perfect...but it took a few month to build it up.
    Now it's perfect.
    I am sure the tipps here on the board will help you at the beginning!

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    Texas hand quilter !!! love it !!!

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    I'm another hand quilting fan. I also love needle turn applique, so none of my quilts get done very quickly. But I generally do "quilt as you go", so I can carry my applique and hand quilting projects around. I've quilted while waiting through an in-law's surgery, on plane trips, while watching T.V., and even at conferences (I sit near the back, because people don't "get" that I one can quilt and still be tuned in to what the conference speaker is saying.) Hand applique and quilting is like meditation.

    Jane

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    I enjoy it too, but I'm so slow!

    I'm working on a Grandmothers Flower garden right now, and I plan on hand quilting that when (hahaha!) I'm done. :)

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    I agree. At first my wrist hurt but now it is fine. Hand quilting is relaxing when you have to leave the machine for a while. :D

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    I love hand quilting, too. I always have something going that I can pick up while I also work on machine quilted projects! Some days I wander from one to the other. Love it all!

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