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Thread: Quilt top vs quilting joy?

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    I cannot relate - I love every aspect of quilting. I hand quilt and I love to do hand work - - - if anyone would want me to handquilt/bind for them I will - I'd have to charge for it but am willing to do it... just let me know.

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    I like everything about making a quilt, except the binding. I just have so much trouble with the hand sewing. Hate it. :evil:

    Of course, having a computerized quilt frame setup really helps with the quilting part. :D

    Now if I could only afford to upgrade to an 18" throat machine. Then quilting would be even more fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrap quilter
    I am not a hand quilter......... lucky me I have two girl friends who have longarm quilters......
    I keep saying that I am going to do a quilt as you go & at least quilt one quilt by hand....... It is just so much easier to have one of my friends do the quilting. :oops:
    I just never got that rocking motion down.... when it come to the hand quilting......... Have thought about getting an Aunt Becky and try that.
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    What's an "Aunt Becky"?
    I love every part of the process. Picking out the fabrics take the longest, bc I usually change my mind so many times.

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    I think if I could master the art of quilting them I would love it. I just have so much to learn.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Gramy
    What's an "Aunt Becky"?
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...___D80688.html

    You hold it with your non-sewing hand under the quilt sandwich and push it back and forth under the needle (instead of the rocking motion of the needle). It looks so easy when it's being demonstrated but it takes a bit of getting used to.

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    Thank you, I guess I'd have to see it being used. I don't do alot of hand quilting anymore> My HandiQuilter is quicker. When I got my first HQ, my DH said he couldn't sleep under a machine quilted quilt. I made him a quilt, put it on the bed without telling him. Next morning I asked him how he slept. "OK" he said, then I told him about the machine quilted quilt he had slept under. No comments since then. He loves all my quilts and doesn't like any of them to leave our house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Thank you thank you thank you! That is exactly what I needed - I am so visual. I will DEFINITELY try it. Wonder how it looks with random stripes and scrappy?
    Here's what I did as a variation of Fun and Done. Oops, should not have left the pillows on the bed.
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    Here is a video showing how to use an Aunt Beck, just bought one. I think it is going to take some practice.
    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Gramy
    Quote Originally Posted by scrap quilter
    I am not a hand quilter......... lucky me I have two girl friends who have longarm quilters......
    I keep saying that I am going to do a quilt as you go & at least quilt one quilt by hand....... It is just so much easier to have one of my friends do the quilting. :oops:
    I just never got that rocking motion down.... when it come to the hand quilting......... Have thought about getting an Aunt Becky and try that.
    Scrap Quilter
    What's an "Aunt Becky"?
    I love every part of the process. Picking out the fabrics take the longest, bc I usually change my mind so many times.

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    I dunno, I would think it is exciting to recieve a quilt top :)
    Honestly the best way to do this, is hand it over to someone who enjoys finishing them to finish it up. I Like the quilting and piecing part, but I hate the binding..The other way, is to make the back just as unique as the front, then it doesn't seem so bad putting it all together.

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    I love making the tops, figuring out anew pattern, but the best part for me is sitting down at my floor frame and hand quilting. I love seeing a quilting pattern come together, a pretty flower, or a chain or a feather, that is the best part!!!

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    I 100% feel the same way. That's why I hadnd everything to a long arm quilter I trust to take care of the dreaded part. :wink:

    I always do my own binding though. I don't mind that at all.

    I've gotten so many quilted lately, I'm going to focus on baby quilts for a while soon, so I can quilt them myself. Bah. :roll:

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    I also have the Mega Quilter and the Inpira frame, and now have trouble doing it for friends instead of myself!! So I didn't help myself a bit!

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    I get bored/anxious to finish the top.
    I can't hardly wait to get to hand quilting. I think because I can move it around with me and keep my hands busy. I have never met anybody who feels like I do. Most of the classes I have taken everyone talks of having their quilts quilted by someone else.

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    I'm with the majority. I like piecing the top more, but none of it is a chore to me. I recently got a quilting frame, and although I've only had time to use it a little, I think I'll like quilting as much as piecing now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Quilt
    I also have the Mega Quilter and the Inpira frame, and now have trouble doing it for friends instead of myself!! So I didn't help myself a bit!
    Oh no, don't tell me that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by LindaM
    using machine embroidery stitches as the "quilting" along the seam lines, I've having fun playing with the variety of stitches - it's only a 30-stitch machine.
    That's a really good suggestion, Linda, thanks! I fall out of the ditch a lot of times when doing a straight stitch so if I were doing a decorative stitch it wouldn't be noticeable.
    Do you wash your quilts after doing SITD? My SITD was not very good, and a friend told me to wash it. That made all the difference in the world.

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    The lady that owns a quilt shop here says that she has discovered over the years that most people are toppers rather than quilters. lol So it seems that more people like the quilting part less than the piecing part.

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    I don't enjoy the quilting part at all. I'll make your tops if you will do my quilting!!!

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    I would like to get a frame someday. I did do some baby quilts all by hand, assembling the top and quilting. That I really enjoyed.

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    I am a total toss up on this. I so enjoy piecing and seeing how all those little bits of fabric come together into a beautiful quilt top. But to me, quilting makes the quilt!. I enjoy having a quilt all sandwiched together for me to do hand work while I sit with DH and watch TV. And like Ninnie, I love to see how it progresses and really comes to life as I progress. I use a lap hoop. I don't mind binding at all. I do hate the sandwiching/basting part though! And I dearly love my cats but hate picking all the cat hair off of my projects before each session. It seems a quilt in progress is the preferred sleeping spot of all cats. I can have a complete one on the couch but they much prefer the WIP. :roll: Also it takes me a really long time to handquilt a quilt. Guess I am really slow but on average it takes me a couple of years of sporadic off again on again quilting. I will usually work on it a couple of hours a night but not every night of the week. And often I will put it aside when life gets to hectic and not work on it for several weeks. So that may be why it takes me a couple of years to hand quilt a bedsize quilt. I have done smaller ones on my Bernina and want to expand try that fun and done method or another quilt as you go thing.
    I would give my eyeteeth to have a long arm set up but that is a good 5 to 6 years of saving down the road.

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    That is why when you finish a top you hand it over to a long-arm quilter to finish it for you...you love the piecing part, she loves the quilting part...match made in heaven :D

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    So glad to know I'm not alone :lol: While piecing, I'm happy, the closer I get to being finished, the slower I sew, like that makes the inevitable slow down.

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    I am so glad someone finally admitted that. I am in the process of quilting one of mine and HATE it! I could piece 24/7 but dread the quilting part. I am still new to this so maybe I will develop a system that works for me, but I am not going to hold my breath! LOL

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    I do tend to knot my very large quilts. I know that hand quilting those would take too long! The fabric may go bad before I got it all quilted. lol

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    I wish I had the quilting love as well...but I get so frusterated that even if I have a million pins there's always a pucker or two...I did get the lqs to longarm one for me and i love it however am not in love with the cost...and wait time!! I love to do the tops...my machine has the free motion piece to it as well and I have not learned to use it yet...so maybe that would help...but for now blah!!!

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