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Thread: I love quilting but I hate making tops

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    Super Member AshleyR's Avatar
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    I know I can't be the only one out there.... I really really dislike making tops. I will be the first to admit that I'm not the very best at it, but I can do it. I'm pleased with the results but I hate the process. So much that I'm going to go ahead and say it aloud: I HATE making quilt tops and I'm not going to do it again ever.

    I love quilting. I love hand-quilting and I'm good at it. I am having fun practicing machine quilting, but I'm not good at it at all (yet!). I would love to quilt for hire but who can afford a hand-quilter??! My dream is to partner up with someone who loves to piece and she/he makes the tops and bastes them (ha) and I quilt them. :)

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    Sounds like a good plan, hope you find a quilting partner.

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    I rather make runners,toppers anything other than tops

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    Lots of people hire hand quilting ... I am one of them.
    To be honest, the rates are not all that different (in this area) between the two options.

    If you enjoy hand quilting so much ... do a full top with LOTS of intricate quilting on it! That'll keep you busy for sometime!!

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    Wow Ashley, I wish we were neighbors!! I love to make quilt tops and hate to quilt! We'd make a good team. I have 3 tops made and folded up for when I get better at machine quilting or have time for handquilting. As for piecing, the more difficult the block pattern, the more I love it.

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    I love to make tops!! Sometimes I get top happy and just keep going. I enjoy the whole process actually, just wish hand quilting went faster :roll:

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    i'm thinking that there must be someone who loves to sew quilt tops but can't afford the materials, etc. and would do it just for the joy of the sewing process. perhaps you could find such a person to sew/piece the quilt that you choose. then you can get the top back and hand quilt it yourself. do you belong to a guild? you might find such a local person there. or try a girl scout troupe or high school home ec class. just some thoughts.

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    I love to make tops! I look forward to quilting them so that I can start another one!

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    I LOVE to make the tops, but drag my heels when it comes to quilting them. I guess it's because I'm a handquilter & it does take me a long time to finish them.

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    i wish you were closer i love making tops but dont realy love quilting them (i dont like basting eather) but if you whant we could do a swap some time.

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    I wish you lived closer to me. I also love to make the tops but cannot hand quilt due to arthritis,and really do not enjoy machine quilting all that much. Hmmmmm.....maybe you just have to set a price and advertise in our 'buy,sell,trade' section. Bet there would be a lot of takers!

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    I might be interested. PM me if you are serious and see if we can work something out. I know I am on the other side of the USA but there is always US postal services.

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    Ashley, A woman after my own heart. I make a lot of Linus quilts but they are a simple childish print layered with batting and a flannel back. I then machine quilt them just enough to hold up to laundering. I do use colorful, often varigated thread and a decorative stitch.
    My most favorite thing is the handquilting. For several years I was a handquilter for hire. Alas the long armers have put me out of business. Everyone is in a hurry. I can usually quilt a bed size quilt in six weeks or a little more depending on the size. My favoriate quilt to make is a wholecloth , premarked tone on tone or white on white. I have made a number of them.

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    Sorry

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    Send me a private message. I love to piece and am really good at it (won honorable mention at the NC State Fair) but I hate quilting in all forms.

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    I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to find one. I'd gladly make a quilt top for someone that would hand quilt one of mine.

    I think bartering is the wave of the future. I FMQ tops for a friend and in exchange she does all my binding by hand. My computer tech fixes my laptop and in exchange I make his wife or daughter a new purse. Bartering is the way to go.

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    any time you want to join forces let me know.

    i would love to make tops in exchange for hand quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR
    I know I can't be the only one out there.... I really really dislike making tops. I will be the first to admit that I'm not the very best at it, but I can do it. I'm pleased with the results but I hate the process. So much that I'm going to go ahead and say it aloud: I HATE making quilt tops and I'm not going to do it again ever.

    I love quilting. I love hand-quilting and I'm good at it. I am having fun practicing machine quilting, but I'm not good at it at all (yet!). I would love to quilt for hire but who can afford a hand-quilter??! My dream is to partner up with someone who loves to piece and she/he makes the tops and bastes them (ha) and I quilt them. :)


    Darn - you live too far away for me to partner with you. I hate to quilt - but love making tops.

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    Wow, I am overwhelmed!!
    I posted this message quickly before I got busy at work and came back to this!! I will PM those who have requested it (and feel free to PM me to speed things up a bit and let me know what you're thinking because my mind is blown!) when I get the chance too.

    I love this forum!

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    Oh, I'm the opposite from you. I love to design and piece the tops, but hate the layering and quilting process. Too bad we don't live closer to each other.

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    PICK ME!!! I love making the tops, but hate the sandwiching & quilting & binding. So I have several tops sitting in a pile. I would love a working relationship with someone like you!

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    Also, if you are interested in getting some just for personal practice, you can usually find tons of tops on ebay for cheap.

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    I love making tops and don't enjoy the quilting as much I live too far away and am too old to be your partner though. I need someone like you near here.

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    Boy if we lived closer, I love to make the tops and I dont like to quilt. I keep thinking that someday I will grow to enjoy the whole process.

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    I wish I could trade with you. I love making quilt tops.
    My problem is after I get the top done, I can't afford the machine quilting.

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