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johanna2le 09-15-2011 05:29 AM

Funny you say that, here is what I found yesterday when surfing different blogs

http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.c...ang-it-up.html

Is that not an amazing way to quilt???

Johanna

IdahoSandy 09-15-2011 05:34 AM

I also don't have a quilting machine and also do all hand quilting which I really like much better than done on a machine. You are right when you say it takes a lot longer to finish a quilt, but well worth it. When they are done on a machine they look like they came out of a factory where hand done is quality at it's best.
IdahoSandy

Homemother 09-15-2011 05:34 AM

Don't have one either. Do my best with my Brother! It's not always easy and I end up ripping out stitches, but it gets the job done.

Wish I had something with more room when I try to squish my quilt in so I can sew. Maybe someday!

sueisallaboutquilts 09-15-2011 05:39 AM


Originally Posted by IdahoSandy
I also don't have a quilting machine and also do all hand quilting which I really like much better than done on a machine. You are right when you say it takes a lot longer to finish a quilt, but well worth it. When they are done on a machine they look like they came out of a factory where hand done is quality at it's best.
IdahoSandy

Not true! Have you seen some of the work on the board????
I hand quilt also but some of the work I've seen is spectacular- beauty comes in many forms :)

Iamquilter 09-15-2011 05:49 AM

You are not alone, no long arm machine here and not getting one either.

luvstoquilt 09-15-2011 05:53 AM

You are not alone. I don't have one either and probably couldn't do it if I did. I am not very mechinical!

Dianna77984 09-15-2011 05:56 AM

I don't have a long arm, but will have one in the future. I do have a quilting frame and I use my old riccar sewing machine on it and that works for me...for now. Just cuts down on the time of quilting it.

barbt 09-15-2011 06:03 AM

I don't have one either!

Great-great granny 09-15-2011 06:04 AM

Heavens NO - you're not the only one. Many of us do not have one & actually for some of us it is by choice.

All I've ever done is hand quilting & even if I had room for a machine, I would still choose to hand quilt. To me it is very comforting & I REALLY enjoy it.

I respect & appreciate all the machine quilted works of art, but as the ole lady said "everyone to their own taste, as she kissed the cow" ;-)

It's just a personal choice. If that's what you'd like to do, I hope someday you are in a position to have one.

Have a blessed day & may all your quilts be filled w/love.

patdesign 09-15-2011 06:17 AM


Originally Posted by Threads of Love
Am I the only one out here that doesn't have a quilting machine???? I make queen size quilts and have to quilt all by hand, which takes forever! I keep asking for a quilter but know in this small place I'll never get one.....oh boo whooo for me. Sorry just being jealous of all the beautiful work you all do.
Thanks.

YOU are not alone. A quilting machine will never be in my future, as Iam retired and don't have the room. You can always fmq on smaller blocks on any home sewing machine and then use several means to join them. Check out some of the tutuorials and posts on you tube. Have a good quilting day! :-D

Rettie V. Grama 09-15-2011 06:22 AM

I have a Brother with quilting attachments and many different stitches for embroidery, etc. This is not a long arm or a machine that is meant for quilting large items. I do crib quilts and table runner with no adjustment to size. Larger quilts, I quilt in sections, then attached on the back side by handing stitching. Yes, it takes time and patience, but a quilt can be quilted with a design just as well this way as on a real quilting machine. It just takes longer and is not automatic.




Originally Posted by Threads of Love
Am I the only one out here that doesn't have a quilting machine???? I make queen size quilts and have to quilt all by hand, which takes forever! I keep asking for a quilter but know in this small place I'll never get one.....oh boo whooo for me. Sorry just being jealous of all the beautiful work you all do.
Thanks.


P-BurgKay 09-15-2011 06:32 AM

I quilt queen and king size quilts by hand, I mean hand quilting, I like it better that machine quilting, the hand quilting is the most fun of the quilting IMHO, but that is just me. The designing and pieceing are fun, but the hand quilting is the relaxing part.

matraina 09-15-2011 06:36 AM

I don't have one either.

anniebannanny 09-15-2011 06:37 AM

I think we all would secretly love to have a long arm. But that is just not going to happen in my case so I have taught myself how to quilt on my own domestic machine and I love it! I enjoy the process and the satisation of knowing I completed the quilt from the first stitch to the last.

bnndr 09-15-2011 06:41 AM

No you are not alone.. I do not own nor need a long-arm quilting machine. I do all my quilts by hand, assembly and quilt.
I actually love the look of hand quilted quilts and take pride in my accomplishment.

grandma Janice 09-15-2011 06:52 AM

I don't have one and I do not want one. I do all my quilts on a oval hoop on a stand. I do all by hand.

Robin Catwoman 09-15-2011 06:54 AM

I didn't read all the notes so this might be a repeat but those of you without a longarm on a frame but want more room than DSM can give you, look at longarm machines that are on a stationary table. They are not a whole lot more than a good sewing machine (not top of the line machine) and give you lots of room but don't cost as much and don't require as much room.
Robin

Great-great granny 09-15-2011 06:55 AM


Originally Posted by bnndr
No you are not alone.. I do not own nor need a long-arm quilting machine. I do all my quilts by hand, assembly and quilt.
I actually love the look of hand quilted quilts and take pride in my accomplishment.

:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

grandjan 09-15-2011 06:59 AM

I do have one but still quilt my "best" quilts by hand. I enjoy the process and the look is entirely different. One of the best quilters I know does every stitch by hand--doesn't even own a sewing machine. She makes a lot of quilts that way and all beautiful. A longarm is a nice tool but, until the time comes, enjoy the fact that you have the skills to do without it.

Drew 09-15-2011 07:00 AM

I don't have the money for either a LAQ Machine or to have someone quilt for me. So I have two quilt frames. Hand quilting is very relaxing for me. Must be therapeutic!! (LOL)

sewmary 09-15-2011 07:02 AM


Originally Posted by anniebannanny
I think we all would secretly love to have a long arm. But that is just not going to happen in my case so I have taught myself how to quilt on my own domestic machine and I love it! I enjoy the process and the satisation of knowing I completed the quilt from the first stitch to the last.

Nope - not me. Don't want one.

BarbaraSue 09-15-2011 07:02 AM


Originally Posted by Granny Quilter

Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
You're not the only one. I don't have a quilting machine either.

Niether do I.

I don't either. not sure I want one either. :?

joycecil 09-15-2011 07:03 AM

I don't have on either. I'll bet your quilts are all beautiful.

judykay 09-15-2011 07:06 AM

I don't have one, I do mine by hand & you are right it does take forever but I love the outcome. I have had one done by a laq and she did a beautiful job but they are not as soft and cuddlie as had quilted ones. Some people love them and there is nothing wrong with that, I just prefer hand quilting them.

gramquilter2 09-15-2011 07:19 AM

I too, WANT a quilting machine but space is a problem and my husband is not willing to give up his garage! LOL I send my large quilts to a quilter and quilt smaller things on my Bernina which works fine I guess.

Kathy Osterby 09-15-2011 07:23 AM

I dont have one either and living in a 2 bedroom mobile home will never have the space for one. I stick with wall size quilts up to 36" square.

alwayslearning 09-15-2011 07:24 AM


Originally Posted by Threads of Love
Am I the only one out here that doesn't have a quilting machine???? I make queen size quilts and have to quilt all by hand, which takes forever! I keep asking for a quilter but know in this small place I'll never get one.....oh boo whooo for me. Sorry just being jealous of all the beautiful work you all do.
Thanks.

Call me old fashioned .... but you OWN every step of the way of your quilts, especially your handwork. Hold your head high. You are an artisan.

Meme2six 09-15-2011 07:26 AM

No room, money or desire for a long arm. I do everything on my Kenmore and while it's not always easy, it gets the job done and I've had no complaints about the quilts I've given away. I am taking a class on FMQ in October and am looking forward to learning how to do this.

Edited to say the class is in November, not October. Currently, I just stitch straight lines.

Kappy 09-15-2011 07:44 AM

Well, you are definitively not alone! I wanted one several years ago, not so much anymore. I will do what I can do on my own little machine and if I ever get a quilt half as breath-taking as some of the ones I have seen on this board, I will then consider sending it out! Maybe...or maybe I will have finally conquered FMQ!!!

dilyn 09-15-2011 07:59 AM


Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose
I don't have one either....do my own FMQ on my domestic brother....it's hard, but can be done

I do mine on a straight stitch Juki. Where there is a will theres a way!

Bobbielinks 09-15-2011 08:02 AM

Its o.k to vent about not having a longarm, but just look at the beautiful quilting you do without one.

jbj137 09-15-2011 08:06 AM

I do not have one either.

I hand quilt.

I have done 2 kings, 6 queens,
2 fulls, 1 single, and a
crib sized wall hanging.
J J

quiltmau 09-15-2011 08:49 AM

I don't have a machine for quilting. I bought a Singer at Costco for $89 and have been using that.
My BFF is coming out in October and we are going machine testing-YEAH!!

chickadee_42us 09-15-2011 08:58 AM

While it does seem as if 'everyone' has a long arm and they just flit and fly through quilts with amazingly beautiful completed quilts which causes envy and inspiration, well . . absolutely you are not alone.

misseva 09-15-2011 09:00 AM

i don't have one and would have to either empty my bedroom or living room or build another room to house one.

sharoney 09-15-2011 09:01 AM


Originally Posted by ckcowl
you do not need a special machine to machine quilt a quilt- you only need practice

many many fabulous- famous - spectacular international award winning quilters quilt on a domestic machine (the same machine they piece with)

there are tons of tutorials, videos and classes available to help you learn to free motion quilt with your domestic machine.

the first quilt i ever quilted was an $89 brother i bought at walmart- took a class at the lqs and did quite well.

it does not take anything special- just the desire and lots of practice.

I SO TOTALLY agree! I quilt all my quilts on a 1937 Singer!

justme CA 09-15-2011 09:06 AM

I don't have one and don't want one. I send all quilts out to be quilted if I feel they are worth it for the fun is in the piecing, I don't like any hand work, even binding, though I do that.

IBQLTN 09-15-2011 09:23 AM

I don't have one either, so don't feel alone! And I moved away from my BFF who did all my quilting ... she's way up in Missouri ... I miss you Bettie!

nanac 09-15-2011 09:29 AM

Nope, don't have one either. I can get a whole lot of quilts done by someone else, for the same amount of money I would have to spend to buy one.

Linda5411 09-15-2011 10:06 AM

I Don't have one either. Like you, no space. Almost purchased one, then looked around and would have to empty my bed room or living room. Just no room anywhere. :-(


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