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Thread: Handquilting in circles isn't THAT bad after all

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    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
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    Red face Handquilting in circles isn't THAT bad after all

    I've been diligently working on my DD's queen-size quilt for a few weeks now. She really (really) wanted circles, but I wasn't sure if I could tolerate going round and round (and round!) for a quilt that big. Well, since I wanted to try posting on this new format, I figured I'd take a picture of how far I've gotten so far. AND, it really isn't THAT bad. I have this cool sit-on lap top quilting frame that spins, and it's making the job a LOT easier. I really like how the inside of the circles ended up looking almost like a snails trail. TOTALLY unintentional, but cute anyway.

    Just wanted to share. I am HOPING to get this done for Christmas, but I'm not sure if it's gonna happen. Hopefully this thread comes through ok!
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    snails tails are really neat! you are doing a great job

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    Nice job.....

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    really nice work.You are braver than me

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    Great job!

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    LOVE your hand quilting. The Snail Trails are very pretty and complement the straight and geometric pattern of the quilt perfectly, IMHO. Thank you for sharing .

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    great job!!!! It looks awesome.

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    Nice work andreally like the quilting

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    I love it. I'm venturing into hand quilting soon and you have inspired me. Thanks.

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    Thanks everyone. I think I learned a lot by doing this quilt. I concentrated on the journey rather than the finish line, and refused to put a strict deadline to finish it. I am able to sit and quilt and totally enjoy the process. I was literally shocked this week when I realized I'm about 1/2 way finished! At this rate, it SHOULD be finished by Christmas, but if it's not it is no biggie. Quilting should be all about doing what makes us happy and just having fun without putting any unnecessary pressure on ourselves. I feel like handquilting is like having the ability of giving a little piece of me to someone I love. AND, the more I do, the easier it gets! I only bent ONE needle so far.
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    I so admire the hand quilting...don't think that I can do it because my hands really hurt just doing the binding. May have to try a small quilt though(as in doll quilt). Beautiful work!

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    neat! great job on spacing

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    You are doing a great job I can't wait til I can hand stitch that good

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    Beautiful. the quilting is magnificent!
    I cannot count my day complete 'till needle, thread and fabric meet.

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    WOW - your doing a great job!
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    Your hand quilting is so perfect!! Beautiful quilt.
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    I love it and I'm sure it will be loved by the person receiving it!

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    Very nice.

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    You are doing a wonderful job!!!

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    Fantastic. Isn't it amazing how a tool (hoop) can help us accomplish what we thought would be difficult.
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