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Old 10-14-2014, 03:43 PM
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I have started doing hand quilting and found I love it! BUT..I am left handed, not having any trouble going in a straight line, but when I get to a circle or angle, I'm stuck. I have to turn the whole quilt around to get started again. Any tricks or suggestions to make it a little easier? How do you do feathers without having to "stand on your head?" Thanks for any help anyone can give.
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Hello Glenda. I am also lefthanded. I am guessing that you have the quilt in a frame. I have a medium sized frame that I use from time to time, but all I have ever tried is straight lines. Whenever I need to do any kind of curves, I get out my hoop. I know that it takes a lot of effort to constantly move the little hoop, but I get great results.
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I hand quilt in a frame, and learned to use my thumb to quilt in other directions. It took some practice but now it's second nature.

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I have started doing hand quilting and found I love it! BUT..I am left handed, not having any trouble going in a straight line, but when I get to a circle or angle, I'm stuck. I have to turn the whole quilt around to get started again. Any tricks or suggestions to make it a little easier? How do you do feathers without having to "stand on your head?" Thanks for any help anyone can give.

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Pick your sides-- find the spot that works best. One of best quilters at church is a 96 year old Army nurse.
Make that a 98 year old LEF HANDED Army nurse
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I'm a left handed quilter too. It sounds like you have a quilt hoop. Sometimes turning the hoop allows you to continue in the direction that is most comfortable for you. I have a lap frame and a floor frame. With my floor frame there is no moving that frame around to move things around. What I do when quilting circles or feathers is to only take two stitches at a time until I just can't go any further. I might then resort to doing a stab stitch to complete the element but usually I will stop at the point things get to "standing on my head" and attack that element from another angle. I can say that practice with those "standing on your head" areas will make things a bit easier down the road.
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