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Thread: Needle Marking

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob529
    Do you use stencils for all patterns except your straight lines?
    No, not for all patterns. Some of them are drawn or quilted freehand. I also make my own templates out of cardboard and trace the outlines of the patterns, all the other lines I mark freehand. I have many books with traditional quilting patterns or pictures of antique wholecloths and the patterns don't have the size I need or they are just too small on the pictures, so I try to re-draw them and than make a template.

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    There is one hint that just came to my head: the method of needlemarking is perfect for light colored solids. The markings don't show very well on very dark or patterned fabrics. But give it a try - you will see how it works for you.

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    How about your hooping?

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    Your stitching is beautiful! How long did it take you to learn how to make your stitches so even!?!

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    Your quilts are so beautiful. Enjoy the helpful hints so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob529
    How about your hooping?
    Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean... the tension in the hoop? I quilt with a loose tension, so it is easier to move the needle back to the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thequilteddove
    Your stitching is beautiful! How long did it take you to learn how to make your stitches so even!?!
    I have started hand quilting 20 years ago and I specialized on wholecloths in 1995 - so you see I have quite a lot of practice.

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    Do you prefer a certain type of thimble??

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiecesinMn
    Do you prefer a certain type of thimble??
    I don't use a thimble at all and I don't have sore fingers - I think it is a question of your technique. There are enough calluses on my finger tips.

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your first posting and photos! You have generated so many questions about hand quilting that I am beginning to think there is "life" after quilting machines!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially for us hand quilters. BRAVO!

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    And I must also add: This is the REAL ART of quilting making!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retired to Quilt
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your first posting and photos! You have generated so many questions about hand quilting that I am beginning to think there is "life" after quilting machines!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially for us hand quilters. BRAVO!
    I try to do my best... :thumbup: It is so much fun and a great pleasure for me to answer all your questions here and I hope I can encourage all hand quilters to go on with our wonderful craft. It is worth to stay alive.

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    Excellent tip. So ingenious of you..Thanks for sharing.

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    Perhaps I should explain my postings. Having taught piecing and quilting techniques for many years, I have found that most dedicated piecers can learn to sew 1/4 inch seams and match seams. Not everyone of those can master hand quilting. It takes a LOT of dedicated practice with much discouragement to make small even stitches.

    I, too, as I get older (with more ideas and UFOs than I can ever complete) will consider paying to have quilts machine quilted.

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    Very nice!

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    I know the curves would be hard to trace with this, but would a tracing wheel work just as good? I don't hand quilt, but when seeing your image, that was the first thing I thought of.

    Barb

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    Thank you for these excellent tips :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitching4Fun
    I know the curves would be hard to trace with this, but would a tracing wheel work just as good? I don't hand quilt, but when seeing your image, that was the first thing I thought of.

    Barb
    It's not so difficult to trace curves, even small ones. It is harder with the Hera marker. The tracing wheels I know have little toothed wheels and that leaves quilt big holes in the fabric. I would not use it, it seems to be a little dangerous for the fine woven fabrics.

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    I love what you're doing here, very nice, even stitches, beautiful work! :thumbup:

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    You do such incredibly beautiful quilting. You are gifted. - Cynthia

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    Your stitching is so even and beautiful. Great work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    I've used my white plastic Hera marker to do lines/indentations.
    Me, too.

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    Very nice work

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaBear61
    I am in complete awe of your work.
    ditto, superb.

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    What a great idea, thanks for sharing
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