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Thread: Needing help with handquilting.

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    Looks like I'm in big trouble here. Not finding many that hand quilt. I used to do a little on the machine...but as I am now losing my vision, I was hoping to find help with handquilting...Any help would be greatly appreciated...

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    Welcome to the board. What kind of help are you looking for? Are you looking for tips or someone to hand quilt for you?

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    Welcome and don't worry, someone here will help. I myself don't hand quilt but i am sure there are many who do.

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    Welcome from Ohio!

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    waves from OHIO...........I only hand piece and handquilt............what kind of help are you looking for???????????

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    Mostly looking for tips...I have bought the easy threading needles...they help alot since I cannot see the hole...lol...I am also wanting to try new easy quilts...Here is one I just done for my new granddaughter this week...Mostly ironed on pics and hand sewn the borders. Not thrilled with the outcome. Front and back view...Not the same as handquilting but the parents were happy with it.
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    Looking for patterns that easy to see, handle and sew. I also have RA so I cannot use small pieces in quilts.

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    welcome!

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    http://www.missouriquiltco.com/
    Try this site............Video that is very helpful........
    Happy Quilting.

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    Hello and welcome from Germany! I'm sure you will get the help you need...

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    This site has some good pointers for quilters with low vision. I like the one that uses tape to make your quilting lines than stitch beside it.

    http://www.visionaware.org/what_woul...uilting_easier

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    Welcome from Ireland. We have many hand quilters here on the board. Sorry about your sight. Nine patch and rail fence are good patterns. I use masking tape to mark my quilting lines. Please ask for what you want to know. Somebody here will help you. I find the search button on the top a great help. Your quilt is beautiful.

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    I hand quilt all the time! Stitch in the ditch is easiest, I think.

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    i will disagree w/ the stitch in the ditch for hand quilting - I can't see where i've been when i stitch in the ditch. Constantly have to feel or look on the back to see where i've been. For me, it is not fun...

    I like the idea of marking w/ tape - it is easy to feel w/ the needle.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!!

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    Invest in an Ott light that is portable. I could not do my hand work without it.

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    1. Get a good lamp with a bright light that sits near a comfortable chair so you can see as well as possible.
    2. Be patient with yourself. Make a few small items, potholders, table runners, etc. and use them for practice.
    3. I do better without any hoop. I pin, baste, or glue the project so it will not slip and just quilt in my lap, this makes it easier to get up closer to my face or nearer to the light if necessary.
    4. Practice, practice. Remember it isn't necessarily the size of the stitch but how even it is that is important. That comes with practice.
    5. Post what you make for us and tell us what problems you are having. Perhaps we can be of more help.
    6. You can use contrasting thread if that helps you to see your work better.
    I just had cataract surgeries and still can't see until I get new glasses so I can relate. I will probably be shocked to see how much cleaning I have missed around my house because I couldn't see! May not like some of my color combinations in quilt tops either when I can really see what I did! HA

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    Hello from Western Maryland !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    I hand quilt all the time! Stitch in the ditch is easiest, I think.
    I also hand quilt. An instructor suggested I stitch in the shadow which is 1/4" from the seam. I mark it with an somelthing that can be seen but also can be erased. You might want to try that.

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    I do some Hand Quilting, I use the Decatur Knot when tying off my Hand Quilts. Been around for awhile, my grandmother taught me. Should be able to get instructions off internet. If not, will be willing to mail instructions to you.

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    What is stitch in the ditch mean?

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    Hello and welcome to the Quilting Board. I just joined a couple of days ago, also. The RA and vision can sure cause a problem, when trying to handquilt. Crocheting and knitting helps to keep my hands limber, so that I am able to quilt by hand. This forum is addicting, so enjoy.

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    Hello, I am a hand quilter too! Just enjoy it so much, just ask any questions as they arrive, since everyone here can help. I see there are several Ohio quilters here. Great!

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    Welcome

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    Stich in the ditch, hand or machine quilting along the seams of a quilt.

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