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Thread: Very overwhelmed with hand quilting my queen size

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    The first few quilts I ever made were hand quilted and I have to brag that the stitches looked really nice. These were also baby quilts. The problem is that recently I have machine quilted quite a few quilts and they turned out great and were finished so quickly. I really wanted to hand quilt my queen size Civil War reproduction, but I'm not enjoying it at all. It's so large and I just keep staring at the largeness of it. My hubby keeps telling me that back in the olden days they may have machine quilted more if they had our technology. I don't know why I'm feeling upset by this change of heart. Does anyone else feel that they "should" handquilt, but they don't want to?

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    If you don't have to hurry, just take your time and enjoy the therapy of the hand work. I got tired of working on mine--took me 6 yrs--but now that it's done, I wish I had some hand quilting to do. I did lots of it "listening" to several seasons of American Idol.

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    A quilt is defined as 2 layers with batting in between. It does not say it has to be hand quilted to be a quilt. You still poor out your heart and soul into the quilt weither by hand or machine. Jade

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    Just keep thinking of the old saying "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." Instead of looking at the size, divide it up into sections and focus on one part at a time.

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    I agree that if you are not in a hurry just take your time and enjoy it. take it one square at a time.
    Im considering hand quilting mine....but Im scared of how long it would take to finish, if my stitches would look even, would I get sick of it and "forget" to finish it.

    Personally I LOVE the look of the hand quilted quilts and I have been thinking about doing a civil war quilt, in the reproduction fabric and hand quilting. Right now its just a dream. There is a lot of largeness there...lol

    If you just don't want to finish it my hand then by all means use your machine. Im very happy with mine that are machine quilted.

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    If hand quilting is what you truly want just take it a block at a time.

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    I have a king size hand applique quilt that I started out to hand quilting. A little ways in, I realized that I was not enjoying the experience, so I switched to doing most of it with machine quilting, with only some showcase areas done by hand. I'm pleased with this compromise. For me, making a quilt is primarily for fun, secondarily to make something functional and useful. Doing machine quilting didn't get in the way of either purpose for me.

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    I'm hand quilting one as we speak. I work on 5 or 6 blocks a day and it is slowly getting done. This is an old quilt top that belongs to a friend. I'm just plugging a way. I would like it finished in the next couple of weeks...We'll see.

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    With cold weather coming on, this will be a marvelous job when watching TV, simply listening to nice music, or even listening to silence and dreamily sewing and thinking vague, soft thoughts. It is therapeutic and gently healing to do something like that.

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    I also love to hand quilt for all the reasons mentioned. However, if you aren't enjoying it you're missing out on the joyful process we get as quiltmakers. Finish it in the way that makes you happy. That's all that matters! :D

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    A large quilt can be very overwhelming. But I personally love hand quilting and do it all the time. With winter coming it's a good time to be curled up with a big quilt in front of a roaring fire with a nice glass of wine handy. I have found that if I set a goal for myself... (I'm going to finish this section by Friday)... and stick to my goal, I don't get frustrated and it gets quilted sooner. Although I admire machine quilting and don't see anything wrong with it at all, I personally don't get the same satisfaction as I do from hand quilting. But, it's purely a personal choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I also love to hand quilt for all the reasons mentioned. However, if you aren't enjoying it you're missing out on the joyful process we get as quiltmakers. Finish it in the way that makes you happy. That's all that matters! :D
    I TOTALLY agree! :D

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    I understand. I was that way with my granddaughters quilt and it wasn't very big. I finally took it apart, changed batting and I am going to machine quilt it. I will hand quilt one that I'm not intimated by.

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    IMO, hand quilt because you enjoy it. If you aren't, then machine quilt it. I wish I could hand quilt every quilt, but I am slow, so I am choosey about which quilts I will hand quilt. Right now I don't have anything ready to hand quilt and I am missing it. I don't know if I will ever machine quilt anything, so far I have only practiced and am amazed how hard it is, stressful, not relaxing at all, for me. Do you need this quilt to be done by a certain date? If not, try to relax and enjoy the process. Have another project going (piecing or machine quilting) that gives you the feeling of getting something done quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roselady
    IMO, hand quilt because you enjoy it. If you aren't, then machine quilt it. I wish I could hand quilt every quilt, but I am slow, so I am choosey about which quilts I will hand quilt. Right now I don't have anything ready to hand quilt and I am missing it. I don't know if I will ever machine quilt anything, so far I have only practiced and am amazed how hard it is, stressful, not relaxing at all, for me. Do you need this quilt to be done by a certain date? If not, try to relax and enjoy the process. Have another project going (piecing or machine quilting) that gives you the feeling of getting something done quickly.
    Good advise having another project going to give you that feeling of getting something done quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebJ
    Quote Originally Posted by roselady
    IMO, hand quilt because you enjoy it. If you aren't, then machine quilt it. I wish I could hand quilt every quilt, but I am slow, so I am choosey about which quilts I will hand quilt. Right now I don't have anything ready to hand quilt and I am missing it. I don't know if I will ever machine quilt anything, so far I have only practiced and am amazed how hard it is, stressful, not relaxing at all, for me. Do you need this quilt to be done by a certain date? If not, try to relax and enjoy the process. Have another project going (piecing or machine quilting) that gives you the feeling of getting something done quickly.
    Good advise having another project going to give you that feeling of getting something done quickly.
    I agree with these two. Set your goals on finishing partial sections of the large quilt, so that you are reaching a goal regularly. And work on a machine pieced quilt to have that satisfaction as well.

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    Quilts have been machine pieced and quilted since sewing machines were first invented :wink: Do what makes you happy and less stressed!
    Unless, you think you would really regret machine quilting it in the future. You can always put it up for a while, until you are ready to tackle it :D:D:D

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    I think it was Jenny Beyer who said one of her prize quilts took 6 years [or so] to finish because she hand quilts. She had made other quilts during that time.

    Do what you want to do. If it becomes too much, do something else for a while. Have fun with it.

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    do what you enjoy doing---the are no rules --i find it nice to have some hand work to pick up when i feel like it --i have no guilty feelings if i jump from one to the other --just enjoy

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    Remember that in the late 1800's a number of quilts were quilted on machine in order to show that you could afford a machine. YOU decide what you like to do and then do it. I personally think "hand" is a 4-letter word and avoid it if at all possible!

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    I have a strong prefference for only hand quilting smaller quilts. If you are not enjoying the largeness of it why not machine quilt this one and save the hand quilting for a project you enjoy working on that way. Anna

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    Don't worry do it the way you feel most comfortable there is no law that says you have to hand quilt - must admit I always do because I am so bad at machine quilting used to feel inadequate because I couldn't but now I just do it in my own sweet way a queen size can be daunting but I set myself 3 evenings a week to quilt something big and before I know it - its done - just enjoy whichever way you decide to go
    Quote Originally Posted by tortoisethreads
    The first few quilts I ever made were hand quilted and I have to brag that the stitches looked really nice. These were also baby quilts. The problem is that recently I have machine quilted quite a few quilts and they turned out great and were finished so quickly. I really wanted to hand quilt my queen size Civil War reproduction, but I'm not enjoying it at all. It's so large and I just keep staring at the largeness of it. My hubby keeps telling me that back in the olden days they may have machine quilted more if they had our technology. I don't know why I'm feeling upset by this change of heart. Does anyone else feel that they "should" handquilt, but they don't want to?

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    Do what feels right for you on this quilt...after all quilting is supposed to be enjoyed!
    I am currently hand quilting a queen-size triple irish chain, my first handquilting since taking one class. I'm not in a hurry to have it finished and am really enjoying it. I only do about one block a week, that's all I have time for but when I pick it up the next time and see what I've done...it always makes me smile..

    Just do what you enjoy.

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    I'm also hand-quilting a queen size. I decided to hand quilt because I just can't imagine wrestling this quilt under my machine. At first it seemed overwhelming, but I found myself enjoying it! Block by block it's getting done. There is no deadline and I just enjoy the process. I think once you get started and see some progress you'll feel better about it.

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    Today we are in a lucky situation: we have the choice between machine and hand quilting and we can decide what we prefer to do. Both methods have advantages and disadvantages and I think it is better not to care too much what we should do or should not or what other people tell us to do. For me it's important to enjoy my quilt work!

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