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Thread: Hand Quilting - yikes

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    Nice quilt... are you finding it hard to go through the fabrics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane007 View Post
    Nice quilt... are you finding it hard to go through the fabrics?
    No, not really. I just find it hard to keep them consistent.

    I bought a thimble from Walmart, but it's quite cheap. It was only $1.39. I figured a good one should cost more. How do I buy them online? How do you know whether it'll fit? What's the average cost of a good quality thimble?

    I also bought off white quilting thread. I can't do thread that matches each of the different colored fabric. I'd have a bunch of them and Walmart only sells the basic colors.

    My final purchase today was 1/4" Quilter Tape. I'll try that, see if it helps me get more consistent stitches.

    Good suggestions. Keep em' coming.
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    There is a sticky tape you can get at the quilt shops. You lay it beside the seam, it gives the quarter inch away and there are marks like on a ruler to guage the stitches by. They could be close or as afar apart as you want.
    I admire you, keep on keeping...

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    Hang in there and keep practicing. Sometimes it helps to have a practice sandwich on the go. Do a line on your practice bit, before picking up your quilt. Eventually you will find a style/method which suits you. I don't think it's the money spent on the thimble....I have some very cheap/second hand ones that work really well. My husband once spent around $20.00 on a beautiful Japanese metal/leather thimble...bliss to use, but I left it on the coffee table and his dog (then a pup) ate it (no ill effect to the dog....but I still mourn it).

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    Keep going!

    Once I got the "rocking" feeling down, mine looked much better. I don't know when I'll get back to hand quilting though...it takes a TON of time for me!

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    I plan on hand quilting. So I love the advice in this thread.

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    i think you did a wonderful job! its look like a guild star kept going you will get better
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    Ah yes, I only hope mine turns out just as good with my first attempt. I do have quilter's tape so I'm definitely going to use that.

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    Update:

    I ripped it all out. I took the advice of the person who said use a lighter color rather than black. I bought a light colored thread. I am also attempting to use a thimble. Not easy by any means. Plus I'm using 1/4" quilters tape. Definitely helping me stay the same distance from the seams and not try to stitch through them. I'll finish the center and try to get another picture. I'm improving, though just a little, I am improving!!
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    I'm seriously getting discouraged. Here is another picture of the center star. I'm not happy. I thought the 1/4" quilters tape would help, but it seems to have made the star points worse than before. Now what?

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    I've been quilting by hand for many years. I had to learn to rock the needle, and there are videos one can watch to learn this technique. Also, the color of thread makes a difference too - using one that is neutral usually works best for me. When I do use colored thread, I use the color that closest matches the fabric. And when I have small projects, I use a lap quilt, tighten only slightly so the rocking needle is easier to push around.

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    It looks just fine. Remember it does not have to be tiny sitiches only constistent stitches. Also look at your work from at least a foot away. For the most part we don't examine our work like the camera.
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    Hey, you did it. That's more than I'm willing to do!

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    All I can tell you is practice, practice, practice. I am doing the same now with machine quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    if you did not press your seams OPEN, then you are stitching through the thickest parts..that alone will cause issues!
    I don't think it looks bad for a first try, it does take practice and all things are to be considered, thread, seams, needles, thimble, etc...keep going...
    I agree with Jan, keep going......I use a #10quilting needle to hand quilt, helps to make small stitches. I don't pres open my seams however. Your stitches are consistent in size and that's a great start..... Keep going

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    the main thing i notice is the crooked lines, something i also do, even now after several quilts. The fixes for that are marking you quilting line by using the painters tape, marking with chalk, soap, marking pencil etc until you get really good at judging that 1/4" line out. i find that if i don't mark some quilting lines are 1/4" out and some are more like "in the ditch". I've just learned to use thimble and for years use my fingernails . The thimble is nice if you can get accustomed to one. i use one that pushes on the side versus the top. i do recommend getting the little piece of rubber you use to pull needle through if you load it with more than 2 stitches. i can load a #10 needle with 4-5 stitches which makes them more consistent in size and straighter than taking a new needle full every 2 stitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian View Post
    I'm not sure about this hand quilting thing. I'm not using a thimble (I don't have one yet) so that might be a factor. But, it's looks terrible!!

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    keep at it! I have to quilt for about 3 hours before I feel that I have got the hang of it. I agree when it is your first hand quilting project I would use thread that matches. I would also look for videos on hand quilting to get some visual help.
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    You are doing fine for your first time. It takes practice to make the stitches smaller. Try the advice others have given and keep on going. Do not quit.
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    looks good for a first attempt. i would work on getting smaller stitches and perhaps stitch in the ditch.; Don't give up!!!

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    I use a band-aid instead of a thimble. Works better for me and is not as clumsy as a thimble.

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    Hey, for a first time, it looks pretty darn good! If you're this good now, just think what you can become with practice. Like everything hard in life, you just have to practice, practice, practice! Good job, so far. You will be surprised by how good the outside blocks look when you finish this one quilt. Just try to maintain a constant 1/4 inch away from the seams. You are definitely getting there!

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    Don't be so hard on yourself. Yes, a thimble makes a difference as well as "rocking the needle" but most important--time and practice.

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    Don't be so hard on yourself. I give you a lot of credit for even attempting to quilt something this difficult. Remember practise makes perfect.

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    If you are a new quilter you are doing fine.
    You will get better with prctice. Buy a good thimble.
    Keep it going.

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    for your first attempt at hand quilting you did very well, it takes lots of practice, and I was told to just try at first to keep your stitches uniform.. Keep up the good work.

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