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Thread: Machine quilting

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    I'm very new to machine quilting. Have only done a couple so far. I just finished a king size on my DSM. It was quite a struggle and I have the tendonitis in my elbow to show for it. I was on a time crunch so really didn't have much choice.

    That said, I'm also in the process of completing quilts for a recently deceased friend. Those went to a longarmer (her SIL). I just picked up 3 of the 4 she's doing. She did a great job and I was quite impressed that the cost was not as horrible as I expected especially since she provided the batting for one of them. She did a great job.

    I don't envision myself sending my own quilts out to be longarmed but if I did, I know where I'll be going!

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    I used to SITD on my trusty little DSM, but I am old, ... very old, so most of mine are tied now. Most of my quilts are donations and are strictly utilitarian. No wall hangings and certainly no prize winners!

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    For me itís a combination. I have already quilted a king sized on my DSM. And Iíve sent out a intricate pp unicorn wall hanging to a LA. If I want stitch-in-the-ditch or simple straight lines, Iíll quilt it myself. If I want more pizazz, I send it to a very creative long-armer. For me, itís too hard to do smooth curves etc on a large quilt on my sewing machine.
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    I quilt my own as well on my DSM. Even though my quilting skills aren't great, it's the part I enjoy the most. So far, most of my quilts have been donation quilts, 2 baby quilts and 1 Bargello that I'm still working on for me. I am amazed at what LA's can do but I want to complete my quilts myself ... besides, that's the only way I'm going to learn and improve.

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    For me it depends on the quilt and who it is going to and the size. I guess, I am of an age that I don't want to wrangle a big quilt around any longer. Large quilts go to the LA. I do a lot of twin/throw quilts and if straight line (crosshatch) works, I do that. I also have discovered wavy quilting which is fast and on some quilts blend in beautifully. I love FM but my new machine does not. Grrrr that is why I bought the machine.
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    I do both, depending on the style and size of the quilt. I just finished a queen sized quilt by quilting it in sections using Marti Michell's directions in a book with that name. I wanted to quilt each block individually depending on the design (there were 144 6" blocks). But I just took a full sized quilt to a friend to long arm because I wanted an all-over pattern. Sometimes I supplement long arm quilting with hand quilting. Mostly, I try to do smaller things myself using my walking foot as my FMQ is pretty shaky.

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    I do my own, mainly just meandering, occasionally qayg.

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    I send out large quilts and the women who does mine is very reasonable and does a great job. With shipping I never pay more than around 130. I think that's a great deal. She also provides the batting.
    I was a handquilter and still am but am learning FMQ so I still do most of my own but last year I made a King for our bed and I was not about to tackle that one.

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    I hand quilt some, quilt up through lap quilts on my DSM, larger ones go to LAQ. If I was 10 or 15 years younger I would probably invest in a LA. I suspect it would turn into a business and it would take away my lovely hobby!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    I have sent some of my quilts to a longarmer but the majority I FMQ myself, even quilt/king size. The feeling I get from doing a quilt totally myself is so worth it. To me the hard part is getting it sandwiched together, but I pretty much have that conquered now also. It's not for everyone but it works for me. Do what works for you.

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    I quilt all my own on my DSM. Cannot afford to send out to a LA and besides what I save in not having that expense, I can use to buy more fabric. LOL. I quilted 1 queen-sized quilt and the rest have been either full or lab sized. Most of the quilts I make are for donation so they are usually baby/child or lap. Recently I have begun to quilt a friend’s quilts in addition to my own. I mentor her as she is just starting out in the quilting adventure. Most of the quilting has been meandering, stippling or SITD.

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    for many years, I hand quilted...so I had to really plan in advance for quilt gifts. Then, I was able to get a Brother PS1500 on a grace frame and that worked wonderfully for 9 years. That allowed me to increase the gifts I could make and start doing more charity quilts (Project Linus). That set-up worked great for my needs and I'd still be using it now, except........I saw the Innova quilting machine on a frame and fell in love with it. Hmmmmm, luckily my husband decided to get it for me and now I am in a quilting wonderland. I love it! I do not quilt for money. I quilt for gifts and charity quilts for Project Linus and Quilts of Valor. I figured I could increase my "production" and the money saved by paying to get it quilted would "even" itself out after several years and many quilts. I don't regret spending the money...Now I regret that I'm getting older and may not finish all the quilts I want to make (and those I don't even know about yet)! But, it's our passion...so it's good to feed that passion and share our gifts whenever we can!

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    I have always quilted my own quilts, at first by hand, now on my domestic sewing machine. I love to say I did this myself.

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    if they are 40" or less I do them myself, beyond that I send them out. I don't buy fabric, haven't for years, so I feel no guilt or penny pinching about paying to get my tops done.

    That said I do mine double sided, so in effect am getting 2 quilts done for the price of one.
    I don't enjoy machine quilting, and love piecing tops, quilting is my happy place, why make myself sad?

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    I enjoy quilting my own quilts with free-motion quilting. The size I usually stick to is baby or throw size quilts. I am trying a quilt as you go style quilt for the first time right now where you quilt a block at a time and join with sash strips on the front and back. I have only sent 1 quilt to be long armed. The quilt was a queen size and I had not yet learned how to quilt the layers so I sent it out to be custom quilted.

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    I belong to a guild, and so many of the women have back, neck and shoulder problems from quilting on the DSMs that I send mine out to a LAer. Life is difficult enough without creating physical problems for myself. I worked all my life and don't smoke, have an occasional adult drink, don't gamble, and so I figure the luxury of a LAer is worth it. Besides, how much would some of the surgeries, chiropractors, and so on add up to over the long haul. To be completely honest, I like the piecing, but the quilting of big things, not so much.
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

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    I've always quilted my own quilts on my regular sewing machine. I used to do mostly stippling, but I have branched out into a little more special designs. It is really difficult managing a large quilt, but it is all my own work. It is my least favorite part of the process, which is why I have a large collection of tops sitting around!

    Leslie

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