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    Should I finish my grandmother quilt by hand or can I just quilt it on my machine? It has been sitting around for the last year, sandwiched and ready to be quilted, started to hand quilt it and did not like the way it was turning out. Took it apart, re-sandwiched it and have not touched it for 6 months. I know it could have been finished by now. My great-grandmother started the top by hand, my grandmother finished the top by machine and now I have the task of finishing the quilt. was going to give it to my dad for Christmas but that is not going to happen now. So what is the answer to my dilemma? :?:
    Honestly I do not know what I would be happier doing with it.

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    If your grandmother finished piecing by machine, I would machine quilt it. JMHO

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    That's a hard one. I can see your ambivalence. I would hand quilt it but I said I, not YOU.
    You should do whatever gets it finished in the way you want.

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    What can you do while you watch TV in the evenings? That would be what decides it for me...Blessings

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    I'd machine quilt it!

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    If it's had machine work done it already, then go ahead and machine quilt it!

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    I think you should do whatever it takes to get the quilt finished. I'd machine quilt it. Sounds like a nice progression from great-grandmother (hand sewn) to grandmother (machine sewn) to you (machine quilted).

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    I would do the quilting on the machine & when finished add a lable on the back of the quilt with an explanation. My grandmother had started lots of TOPS & when she passed away my mother sandwiched some of them I quilted them & one was passed to my youngest daughter as a wedding gift. The lable on the back said " Top made by Grandma ___ Worked on by _____ Quilted by ____ Given to ____ on date.

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    I would machine quilt it too.

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    I had a top that my great-grandmother had hand-embroidered. She had machine pieced it. I knew that she would have hand-quilted it if she would have been able to finish it herself, so that's what I did. I worked 8 hours a day for 30 days straight, and gave it to my mother as a Christmas present. I put the story of the quilt on the label. I love how it turned out!

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    I understand your dilemma. You want to hand quilt because that is what she would have done. But in real life, sometimes that is not practical especially if you are not experienced at hand quilting. So do whatever you can do best.

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    Show us a picture! That will help with the opinions. I'm guessing that all the fabric is in good condition.

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    It's been through so many generations and it isn't even a quilt yet! Great Grand pieced by hand, Grand pieced by machine, now the next generation is YOU, it's modern day, so quilt it by machine! Just my opinion but that makes sense to me.

    Quilts each have their own story, don't they? This one has a real interesting history...

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    What is the pattern? Is this an intricate hard to hand quilt thing or were you going to just quilt along the edges of the block? If the quilt isn't a "show stopper" quilt (lets be honest, there are many out there no matter who made them) then you might want to machine quilt it or even tie it. There are many roads to finishing old quilts.

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    I'd hand quilt it because of the era of the quilt. The machine piecing isn't going to show but great-grandma would have hand quilted that. Machine quilting will get the job done but this one is a family treasure that deserves the attention of hand quilting. Just as it really jolts me to see someone having spent hours/years embroidering quilt blocks and then have it machine quilted. It just doesn't "follow suit". I guess that's why I'd hand quilt the quilt you have now--it goes with the character of the quilt.

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    Please post a picture of the quilt top and show us this old lovely quilt that's been worked on by generations in your family...

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    Your great grandmother started in her way of piecing/sewing. Your grandmother finished piecing it in HER way of doing it. You should finish it off in YOUR way - so if you normally machine quilt...do it! What a great project...full of techniques of different generations. THAT will be one real heirloom quilt, no matter how you quilt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    Show us a picture! That will help with the opinions. I'm guessing that all the fabric is in good condition.
    Not really,, It has areas that is faded and is very noticeable. My computer crashed and I am using my hubbies, so I do not have any of the pics right now. It is a wedding ring quilt, but the colors are a dark green and the rings are in a washed out gold and red. I do not like it very much actually. I love the fact that it is from my grandmother and will cherish it because of that. Will give it to my dad but will get it back at some point.

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    I must say I am surprised by you people. I really thought that the majority would tell me to hand quilt it, but most or if not all tell me to machine quilt it. Thanks so much. I will do that. My husband says what ever it takes to get it finished.

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    I'd hand quilt it.. and don't worry about each stitch being perfect.. when it is all quilted it will look great and you'll get better as you go.. I am handquilting my grandmothers quilt tops, but machine quilt most of mine.. I think those old vintage quilts just call for hand quilting.

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