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Thread: A question for hand quilters

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    What do you mean...spray baste and how do you do it?
    Quote Originally Posted by clipper35
    I'm so glad to see I'm not the only one that does not use a hoop, I have never been able to use one, and I do all my quilts by hand. I have tried useing one but it just dosen't work for me. I spray baste my quilts first so they don't come apart while I'm quilting.

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    I put my quilts on a frame to baste them together and then I use a hoop to hand quilt. The important thing is to make sure the top and bottom fabrics are the same tention so you don't end up with "bubbles" or puckers of extra fabric where you don't want them.

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    I admit i am not WAY experienced, but all i ever do is hand quilt and i have never used a hoop ever. It just seems to get in my way and i can make smaller and more even stitches without one. :)

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    I have been doing hand quilting. Just started the last few months. I tried the hoop but it was in the way.I have done several small quilts/wall hangings.

    I have looked at quilts with tiny stitches and quilts with bigger stitches.I like the bigger stitches.I think it is because I do red work. I like seeing the thread color outlining the blocks. I put about 5 stitches per inch.j

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    I hand quilt- The lady who showed me used a frame and kept everything taunt.

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    I never use a hoop. But I do "quilt as you go", for hand quilting, so I am never dealing with a huge piece of quilt at once.
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    I feel hand quilting is like your hand writting, you just do it the
    way you feel you are comfortabale and your best stitches.

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    So how does "quilt as you go" work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spindreams
    I never use a hoop. But I do "quilt as you go", for hand quilting, so I am never dealing with a huge piece of quilt at once.
    J.
    Sorry, just learning how to use this....I wanted to ask you just how does "quilt as you go" work?

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    I used a hoop until my DH built me a frame. I now have 3 different frames, a hoop. I use all of them. I pin mine before I put it in the hoop. It helps keep the lining nice and tight. When you take it our it will have that quilting showing just like it should. What ever pleases you and you feel comfortable just go for it.

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    Oh gosh - it is so GREAT to see so many of you who do NOT use a hoop. AND ALL THIS TIME, I thought it was me. Those hoops just seem to get in my way. Thanks for this question--helped me out immensely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdsmith
    I always use a hoop but remember when using a hoop don't get the fabric tight- you need it loose to do the rocking stitch- I think lots of people think it should be tight like in cross point or other types of hand work- lossen up the fabric
    I agree. I've loosened up my quilts in my hoops and have gotten better stitches since. I baste on extensions to the edges of the quilt so I can keep all of the quilt in the hoop and keep it consistent. I just use pieces from an old sheet to use as extension pieces.

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    I am so glad you asked this question. I have hand quilted 2 small projects and did not hoop those, too smallbut I really thought the quilting police would get me if I didn't hoop a large quilt. No, I really just didn't know if it would probably make a mess.

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    I have to add another OMG, I'm so glad to see so many not using hoops or frames. I'm not a handquilter, but after posting about my husband's grandma's maple Leaf quilt, I agree, it deserves hand quilting, so that's what I'm doing.

    I also saw 'big stitch' mentioned, and think that's what I'm going to do
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    Quote Originally Posted by pieces
    I will start by saying, I am not a hand quilter.
    I hand stitch my quilt bindings by hand, thats about it.
    I send my quilts to a LAQ that does custom quilting.
    She does great work and I'm always pleased
    when I pick up my quilts.
    I received a hand quilted quilt, 80% finished(12 blocks are done)
    The four borders need to be hand quilted. The borders are cut 13 inches wide, and the quilter was using a 10 inch hoop. (which I received)
    My question to the hand quilters here is-
    Is it absolutely necessary to use a hoop?
    I feel I could make better stitches if I didn't use a hoop.
    She has 4 rows of basting running the length of the border.
    Can I add more basting stitches and hand quilt these borders
    without using a hoop? Is it absolutely necessary to use a hoop?
    Would be glad to receive any advice on this topic from experienced hand quilters. Thank you.
    No you don't have to use a hoop if you are not comfortable with it. I don't and I don't have a problem with it.

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