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Thread: First Attempt at Hand Quilting

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    Recently, I took an online class via Quilt University in hand quilting. I don't imagine it's the worst hand quilting that's ever been done, but it certainly has to be in the top two. Oh well . . . it's the best I can do, and everyone has to start somewhere.

    I took the class just to see if it was something I wanted to pursue. The jury is still out on that question, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I'm not happy with the hoop I have, and so suggestions would be appreciated. Also, I couldn't figure out how to rock the needle at all, and so it's strictly stab stitching. That's the way I embroider too. Maybe I'm not cut out for anything else.

    This is about the size of a doll quilt. I'm going to bind it in the red strip you see across the top and hang it with the rest of my doll quilts.
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    Beautiful job; you have a real knack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches
    Beautiful job; you have a real knack!
    Oh my gosh. You are much too kind!

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    It looks beautiful to me too! I would rather sew a queen size quilt than hem a pair of pants, so anyone that hand quilts is tops! Keep up the good work.

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    you did a fantastic job :thumbup:

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    Great Job! Your stitches are so even!! Mine are kind of hap hazard!!

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    good job.

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    It's really beautiful. I think you're just too hard on yourself. I assume you enjoyed your Quilt U class.

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    It looks great!

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    It really is lovely; you can be proud of this :thumbup:

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    Are you kidding me? That looks WONDERFUL! And I'm not just saying that to be nice....that is great!

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    If this is your first attempt APPLAUSE APPLAUSE APPLAUSE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My stitches are not consistent. I just can't seem to get them the same length. But yours are just perfect. It's beautiful!!!!!

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    AWESOME work :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I have to say --- you did an EXCELLENT job! My first and last time hand quilting looked like something a neanderthal would sew with a porcupine quill and reeds!!!! :mrgreen:

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    This is absolutely gorgeous. Love the hand quilting.

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    Well, I have hand quilted and I can tell you you are very good at it. It really looks perfect. that rocking comes with practice. You have to keep a hand under the quilt as you go to help you rock the needle.

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    First attempt? No way. I couldn't dream of having such perfectly spaced and straight stitches! This is beautiful! I can't wait to see what you do when you "more experienced". ;)

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    Fantastic! Nice even stitches and straight stitching - following the pattern or the straight lines. If this was a class project I think you should get an A+ for the class.

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    Nice

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    Great job!!

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    If I could do that one a first, second or third attempt I would be thrilled. It's beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    I have to say --- you did an EXCELLENT job! My first and last time hand quilting looked like something a neanderthal would sew with a porcupine quill and reeds!!!! :mrgreen:
    Now this brings quite an image to mind.

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    Very nice well done. i like the pattern.

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    Thank you all for your kind comments. Actually, I am happy with my first attempt. My stitches aren't very small, however--maybe even as much as a quarter inch in spots--but they are fairly consistent. The back isn't nearly as nice. The stab stitching makes it much more difficult to get the back stitches straight and even. I noticed as I went that if I was very, very careful to have the needle perpendicular to the fabric as I stitched from back to front, I did a better job. It requires patience, however, and that has never been one of my strengths (plenty of patience with others, but very little leftover for myself).

    I was a little frustrated that the instructor for my class didn't give any guidance about how many stitches per inch I should be aiming for, even though I asked this question directly. She yammered on about whether you count the stitches or the spaces, or both. I didn't care how they are counted, I just wanted a guide. Can someone answer that question for me?

    To ask it more clearly: How many stitches per inch is a goal to shoot for? And when you count the stitches, are you counting the stitches and the spaces? Or just the stitches? I'd like some sort of a gauge for my progress if I decide to try this again.

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    You did a beautiful job.

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