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Old 10-02-2010, 06:41 AM
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Does anyone besides me hand quilt without a frame? I have tendonitis and have an easier time just spray basting and spreading my quilt out on a table top. Do you have any ideas to amke it easier.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:29 AM
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I once had a student with a partial hand due to birth defects, who quilted full sized quilts in her lap with no hoop or frame. Her work was absolutely amazing and cured me of thinking there had to be one way for everybody!

I have quilted many quilts on a floor frame, but now much prefer to lean back in my big club chair with a hoop propped against it's arm or my tucked up knee to handquilt. Feels much easier on my neck than sitting leaning forward over a frame.

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Old 10-02-2010, 07:38 AM
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Me........... on my lap no hoop. I have a floor frame but after awhile my shoulders hurt. I don't like a hoop for quilting or embroidering I don't like holding it. I safty pin NOT STRAIGHT PIN the heck out of it and then sit on the couch or comfy chair and quilt away.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:44 AM
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I don't use a frame or hoop. I don't do any really fancy quilting, mostly free-form. The hoops frustrates me.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:49 AM
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No hoop or frame for me either. I have tendonitis in my left wrist and trying to use a hoop aggravates it. I just drape it around me and over the ironing board in front of me (lowered to just above lap height). I've done 2 queen size quilts this way. This is also the way I hand sew my bindings on all my quilts. The ironing board gives just enough support and gives the dog a place to lay under.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:58 AM
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Same here. I use no hoop or frame and prefer either working on a table or on my lap. And, I LOVE hand quilting.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:03 AM
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No hoop for me either. I like the feel of all the fabric in my hands!
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:37 AM
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never used a frame ,always quilt sitting in an easy chair and if quilt is big drape it over a bedside table that goes nicely over my knees and on top of any dog on my knee too!
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:37 PM
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Thats the way I do it and have for years. Tryed a frame ,never again. maybe others have a better idea. Mine way is not broke so I'm not going to fix it.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:26 PM
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I don't use a frame either. I have tried hoops of all sorts and always go back to the hoopless quilting. It's wonderful in the winter time to just snuggle under one and quilt away! Yummy!
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