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    How long is a piece of string? There are so many variables to this question, my last machine pieced and hand quilted queen size was in a country nine patch style. It took eight weeks to hand quilt, working on it a little or a lot every day. I used masking tape to get my straight lines and I used an 18 inch hoop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borntohandquilt
    Janet, maybe it would be a wonderful option for quilters who want to learn if you offer workshops at your LQS. And it is also fun for the teacher! :)
    I'm thinking.....thinking.....but it's the work stuff that keeps getting in the way, though.

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    A lot depends on the amount of quilting you plan on doing. I just finished hand quilting a 78 x 90 applique quilt and it took me approx 5 mos working pretty steadily. Howver, I quilted undulating feathers on 4" sashes and Amish feather border (feather and cable) on an 8" border. I must say I was glad to put the last stitch in that one.LOL

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    Another quick hand quilting question: those of you who use hoops-do you loosen them when you get done each day or do you keep them tight? And how tight? I have been lap quilting and want to use my floor stand hoop, but am not sure how loose to keep the quilt. Seems like it would have to be pretty loose to be able to swing the needle down. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenini
    Another quick hand quilting question: those of you who use hoops-do you loosen them when you get done each day or do you keep them tight? And how tight? I have been lap quilting and want to use my floor stand hoop, but am not sure how loose to keep the quilt. Seems like it would have to be pretty loose to be able to swing the needle down. Any suggestions?
    I never loosened the hoop at the end of the day, unless I knew I was moving to another spot the next time I sat down.

    As for how tight - think of how the quilt would look if your cat sat in it. That should do nicely! If you're bending needles, it's too tight, if you can't control your stitches, it's too loose.

    Janet

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    On one king quilt I kept track of time. I outlined each log of 56 log cabin blocks, at 8 hours per block. If I had stitched in the ditch, the time would have been about half, but that would still have been 200 hours!
    The quilt on my bed this month was quilted in front of CNN during Desert Storm. Don't remember how many days, but it got done!
    I don't keep track of the time any more (and don't hand quilt everything.)

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    I loosen my hoop off after every quilting session so as not to stretch the fabric. I also loosen my fabric in the hoop when beginning quilting by placing my hand in the centre and pushing down slightly.

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    I never kept track when hand quilting, I did a Queen for my daughter and several baby quilts by hand, but really prefer to quilt by machine. I am learning free motion (by that I mean practicing) and enjoying every minute of it

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    Thanks, Janet and Gal. I am looking forward to trying it with my floor hoop!

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    I couldn't say accept that it takes a long time.

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    I started hand quilting on a whole cloth pattern I designed, marked all the fabric and hand quilted. I spent a couple of months completing it while I worked a full time job. I never counted the hours because I just love quilting it by hand. Now I'm attempting pieced quilts and will probaly be hand quilting unless I can master machine quilting.

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    I have really enjoyed reading this thread, as I have been wanting to hand quilt a project. Thanks for all the great information. Takes time but I am looking forward to a new challenge.

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    I followed a few of the suggestions, altered my thimble and got to work! I got a lot done last night! Maybe just maybe I'll actually finish this monster this year! Thanks for the tips!

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    I just finished a 48x36 and it took a couple weeks, but I spend alot of time at a sitting. I hate to quit. Its the part I can't wait for, so very enjoyable to me. You'd think I could lose weight...but...

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    It's been too long wince I've hand quilted a quilt. Maybe it's time to get one into my hoop :) I've never timed how long it took. I just got pleasantly lost in hand quilting. The time flies by, it's therapuetic for me. You've asked a good question though.

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    Karen, I'm so glad you got some good tips and got some quilting done. I find it so relaxing and love to have a project going :)

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    The sad thing is, I thought I was making good time on the quilt but stretched it out and I still have 1/4 of it to do, plus borders! I'll keep stitching though!

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