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Thread: Needle Marking

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    Here are two pictures of needle markings. I use this method of marking my hand quilting patterns with a darning needle for light colored fabrics and it works great. The best thing: you don't have to remove any markings after the quilting has been finished!
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    Andrea, thank you for posting this. From the picture it looks like an indentation of the fabric. I had to google images of darning needles... some look like they have a blunt surface and some look sharp. Are you actually marking by inserting the needle (obviously the sharp kind) into the fabric or are you just kind of dragging the needle (the blunt kind) to make an indent? How long will the mark last?

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    beautiful stitching. =) wish I had the patience. maybe one day..

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    Beautiful quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    Andrea, thank you for posting this. From the picture it looks like an indentation of the fabric. I had to google images of darning needles... some look like they have a blunt surface and some look sharp. Are you actually marking by inserting the needle (obviously the sharp kind) into the fabric or are you just kind of dragging the needle (the blunt kind) to make an indent? How long will the mark last?
    I use a needle that is almost blunt - I think it would be good idea to post a picture of it. The marking is actually an indentation, produced by dragging the needle tip with an small angle to the fabric.
    These marks last quite a long time - I think longer than a chalk pencil line. I mark an area of about 20 x 20 inches in advance and I can see what I need long enough!

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    Your hand quilting never ceases to amaze me!! Thank you for sharing this
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    This is the darning needle I use. It is about 6 cm (2,4 inches) long.
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    Beautiful quilting! I have a quilt, I have a "between" and I have a darning needle. Now all I need is your talent!

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    Your quilting is beautiful.

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    Beautiful quilting. Maybe I will try a small quilt!

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    Your hand quilting is a joy to behold

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    Oh, I can't wait to try this with my long arm when I get to end of quilt and trace my own stencil with chalk and it (vibrates off if try to do whole line at once) Wondering if I'll be able to SEE it with machine movement?? But will try THANKS for the tip

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    How do you learn to hand quilt noone I know knows how. Is there a book out there on how to hand quilt? What would yu suggest?

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    I am in complete awe of your work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori Peercy
    How do you learn to hand quilt noone I know knows how. Is there a book out there on how to hand quilt? What would yu suggest?
    I am completely self taught and I learned through the only book I found in the library 20 years ago when I started. I changed my technique while practicing.
    There are several good books about hand quilting - one of my favourites is "The Essential Quilter" by Barbara Chainey, another one is "That Perfect Stitch" by Roxanne McElroy. Pepper Cory, Elsie Campbell and Alex Anderson published good books, too.

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    Thanks for sharing,your work is remarkable. pab

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    Do you put your quilt on a frame or a hoop? I have a small wholecloth that I was trying to quilt but got so frustrated with turning the hoop that I just put it in a basket before I was tempted to burn it. The constant turning of the hoop and my uneven stitches is very aggravating. I have handquilted one quilt that only had straight lines and it was OK.

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    Thank you so much for the information. I have never quilted anything before but have done embroiding by hand for years and the idea appeals to me. I find working with my hands relaxing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori Peercy
    How do you learn to hand quilt noone I know knows how. Is there a book out there on how to hand quilt? What would yu suggest?
    I am completely self taught and I learned through the only book I found in the library 20 years ago when I started. I changed my technique while practicing.
    There are several good books about hand quilting - one of my favourites is "The Essential Quilter" by Barbara Chainey, another one is "That Perfect Stitch" by Roxanne McElroy. Pepper Cory, Elsie Campbell and Alex Anderson published good books, too.

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    Wow, your quilting is wonderful!!! What a great idea. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandraG
    Do you put your quilt on a frame or a hoop? .
    I use a 18" hoop on a stand and I work small and bigger items in it. I only quilt in one direction (towards my body) but I don't have any problems at all with turning the hoop.
    For me quilting fancy designs like feathers, flowers, leaves etc. is easier than doing straight lines! The lines show every little uneveness much better than the curved designs.

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    The darning needle is a wonderful tip. Thank you so much. I am a hand quilter.....oh how I wish my stitches were as beautiful as yours. Practice, practice, practice. I am hand quilting an 83 year old quilt right now that my mother made when she was 14. I can quilt with either my middle finger or my thumb. In fact sometimes the stitches done with my thumb are the neatest. I use this method instead of turning my hoop. It is for quilting backwards.

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    Many tuts here and other place on line, just read, read and read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltaroni
    Your hand quilting is a joy to behold
    Isn't it?!! :wink: I am always astounded by her talent!!! I've done hand quilting, but her perfect stitches make mine look like a 5 year old did them!!! :roll: I know that practice makes perfect, but.............she is truly gifted. :wink:

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    My mother told me when she was hand quilting that it was
    relaxing for her. I can now understand what she meant.
    My quilting stitches are small, but uneven. Still practicing.

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    Thanks for sharing that tip. Love your work.

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