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Thread: Haven't hand quilted in at least 2 years

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    Super Member pittsburgpam's Avatar
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    I started the quilting on the log cabin quilt. I'm going to give this to a man-friend and wanted it quilted instead of tying it. It's been a couple of years and the first few feet were not as even as I would like but, they're on the first row of the log cabins so it doesn't show as much :D

    I did the first row of strips first because I wanted to lock it in place from edge to edge before I started on the border. I can't find the thimble that I loved and I didn't find one like it at the store so I got a standard one with a flat end. It's not working for me. The one I had was beige and it was open on the top where your fingernail would be. It had a lip on the end like a fingernail and a little groove/hole for the needle. It was like using my fingernail. I'm using my fingernail now. I'm going to have to look again and get some more types to see what feels right.
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    That's gorgeous... I'm going to have to have a go at hand quilting some time, it sets it off perfectly.

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    The quilting is great! I love it!

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    Your stitches look perfectly even to me! This is a gorgeous quilt!

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    Great job on the hand quilting!

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    Great looking job so far, I'm sure it'll be beautiful when done.

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    great job!

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    I think its looking great so far Pam! Try Clotilde for that thimble...thats the same kind I use and I think they have it there.

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    It's feeling better and getting into the rhythm. I have two repeats of the stencil done on the border. I have read that especially when going back to continue quilting something you haven't worked on in awhile that you should do some practice to get your stitches the same as the previous work.

    I looked at the thimbles at Clotilde and they didn't have it. Another board member has so generously offered to send one she has and doesn't use. It's a good design for people with long fingernails too (mine aren't) because your nail isn't covered at all.

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    Your quilting looks great! Can't wait to see it finished!

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    I am a handquilter, Pam it looks great. Have you tried Jo Anns for the thimble? I have one and got mine at Jo Anns or walmart.

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    Your quilting looks great! I love the hand quilt look and I find it relaxing to do also. However if I only hand quilted my quilts I would definitely die before they got done. I am not very fast at sewing or hand quilting. :(

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    Pam--your hand quilting is beautiful. Please show us more as you go......

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    Wow, that is beautiful. Keep us posted on how it's coming along. That's going to be a wonderful quilt.

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    It is relaxing. I especially like this continuous line border. Not a lot of starts and stops, mostly smooth curves and it seems to be going fast. I worked on it for about an hour this morning and I'm done with the 3rd repeat. I need to do a bit of adjusting here because I need to turn the stencil over to turn the corner on the border. Of course, it doesn't exactly match the length of the stencil repeat so I need to add about 1 1/2" overall by widening the space a bit between the next 8 leaves.

    I could post pictures every day of progress but would you get bored with it? :lol:

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    It is looking great. I always mark the whole top before I make the sandwhich. Parts like the log cabin blocks I would just eyeball. I like your border pattern. It goes beautifully with the border fabric. I hope you find the thimble you like. I use a leather one. I must have more than a dozen of them scattered around my house. I buy more of them everytime I run across them.

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    I should have marked it all but, the only thing to mark really is the border so I didn't do it. I have a ruler handy to draw the straight lines on the log cabin.

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    Very Nice handquilting!!!! You do such wonderful work!!!! :D :D :D

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    It's a good thing that I am not a petty person by nature, or I would hate you. Well, not just you - but all the other fabulous quilters on this forum who do such beautiful and neat work. .....but, as I am not petty, I just keep coming back to be inspired and motivated. (I wonder if there is a Good Housekeeping forum????? lol)

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    OMG... if there was a Good Housekeeping forum I would be drummed out of it!!!

    I haven't done one bit of laundry yet this weekend and I'm going to be hurting for work clothes if I don't. I haven't mowed the lawn, vaccumed, dusted. Well, basically I haven't done anything but do some quilting, cut out pieces for my daughter's quilt, reading a romance, took a nap...

    :D :lol: :D

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    I finished the first border strip last night and did the first roll forward, then unrolled it so I could take a picture of the progress. I need to print a picture of the log cabin placement if I'm going to outline the star in the center. I almost forgot about that and when I remembered I had a brief moment of panic thinking I had messed up on the first block. Luckily, the star doesn't start until the second row of blocks.

    It's going fine and getting more comfortable to do.

    Hmmm... the second picture of the border closeup really doesn't look like that. It decreased the picture clarity when uploaded and it made the stitching look uneven.

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    Hand quilting is very relaxing and helps to ground me! Your quilting looks great! :lol:

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    Yes, it is relaxing. I keep meaning to put a CD player and/or radio in the room or a TV but, so far I have been doing it quietly. I don't notice the silence when I am quilting. I'm thinking about anything, everything, or nothing.

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    This is going to be a STUNNING quilt!!! I love it!

    I quilt listening to Audiobooks on my ipod, downloaded from Audible.com.

    Finished listening to "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand and I have now moved on to "The Fountainhead" by the same. Oh, and "Anthem" by Ayn, also. She's my all-time favorite author.

    Next on my listening agenda is "The Count of Monte Christo."

    WooHoo!

    You know, since I am a musician you would think that I would enjoy listening to music as I quilt, but I find that it is very distracting. The audiobooks aren't distracting at all, my mind just gets absorbed in the listening and the quilting. I only hate it when I am interrupted!

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    I wondered if you were quilting on a frame or with a hoop-I can't seem to manage quilting on a frame which is another reason I don't hand quilt many anymore. Too much moving around of the hoop and too much on my lap.
    One of the things you mentioned earlier-it is always suggested that when you start quilting after you have not quilted for a bit-have a practice piece ready to get your stitches going before you start on the real thing.
    Great job.

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