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Thread: Quilting Police - Are they Watching?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edie
    I have my handy dandy JoAnn's PVC pipe quilt frame which I got from my husband for my birthday right here in the front room, where I plan to watch the Vikings beat the pants off whoever they are playing and start quilting my Star Sampler by hand. (It is a dandy invention this quilt frame!)

    Anyhow, I have an arthritic index finger, right hand, and I am having a lot of trouble with a running stitch. Is there any law that says I cannot use a back stitch. I have tried both stitches (practice) and the back stitch doesn't hurt as much. It is mainly the first knuckle behind the fingernail that is out of shape and I cannot bend the finger all the way. And I am right handed so the needle is in my right hand.

    You always read "running stitch" and this is going to be a gift and I don't want to make a fool of myself, I don't want the Quilting Police on my tail, but yet I want to hand quilt if I can and if it has to be with a back stitch, will it cause any problems! I am making my thread about 18" long. Most of you nice people say that the real satisfaction of quilting a quilt is doing it by hand. I have done some by hand, but I want to do a big one, with a nice patterned quilting design. (I did get some templates (easy ones to start)).

    Thanks in advance. GO VIKES! Edie
    I have seen beautiful quilts stitched with a chain - stitch so I don't think the style or size of the stitch is as important as consistency. I once saw a very thick and wide tacking stitch used and it looked wonderful.

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    I want to try and learn some hand stitching, but I can't even think about that tell next year. do what you want, and have fun doing it. that is all that matters. God bless.

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    I say go for it...I think it would be great to experiment more with stitching. Could you post a pic? Would love to see how it works out for you. Borntohandquilt....that link was fascinating. Thanks.

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    Quilt police or not I do my own thing. I am a handquilter but don't worry about how many or anything because it is for me. I don't usually enter my quilts in shows unless it is for my guild and they are for fun. I think the quilt police would do better looking for the real criminals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rismstress
    Eddie,
    Sorry about the Vikings. Bret just couldn't connect with a receiver at the end. I watched the whole game + 2 more + all the ends of the in between games.
    Cheryl
    This has nothing to do with anything, but I found out yesterday that our daughter in law has named her new rooster, Rhodie, because it is a Rhode Island Red. I just brought it up because you are from Rhode Island! My sister had a Rhode Island Red when she was young - She named it Prunella!!!!! They name all their animals, goats, donkey, dogs, cats and chickens, both layers and eaters! Had a really bad storm last night and I have been awake since 1:00 AM. Dog was not happy, she is afraid of storms. No rain in the basement, but there was wind and hail and rain. It is 4:00 AM. Guess I will work on my hand quilting. Have a good day. Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    SOme people use the stab-stitch method. Some use the big-stitch method. I just took a class using the Aunt Becky tool and it is geared for people with arthritic hands. NO ROCKING MOTION AT ALL. It takes a bit of practice, but I can see me using it. That said, if the back stitch works for you and you like the look, then I say go for it.
    Please tell me about the Aunt Becky tool. My Mothers hand quilts about 10 quilts every winter but is now afraid her right hand is giving her trouble. Quilting is her life and if there is a way to extend it I would love to help her. Gail

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    [quote=purplemem

    Also, I don't use a frame at all. It makes the quilt easier for me to manipulate.[/quote]



    I don't use a frame or hoop either. A weight on the quilt to give a little tension and I can do a tiny running stitch in any direction easier. My left hand does much of the fabric manipulation just like stitching a regular seam so my sore right hand doesn't work as hard. No rocking required!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    SOme people use the stab-stitch method. Some use the big-stitch method. I just took a class using the Aunt Becky tool and it is geared for people with arthritic hands. NO ROCKING MOTION AT ALL. It takes a bit of practice, but I can see me using it. That said, if the back stitch works for you and you like the look, then I say go for it.
    I use the Aunt Becky tool. I started with it because I have problems with my wrists and I have to hold them in "neutral" position whenever I do typing, etc. I chose her method because I could hold my arms/wrists that way. But it's true, I have some arthritis in my fingers and Aunt Becky doesn't require a rocking motion.

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