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Dutchgirl 05-05-2008 04:20 PM

Mgshaw- What a beautiful quilt! Your hand quilting is gorgeous. I am a new quilter and I am working on my very first quilt; a wall hanging. It is a surprise gift for my parents 40 wedding anniversary. (My mom is a wonderful quilter so I really would like for it to look at least decent!)

What kind of tips can you give me for hand quilting for the first time? Should I use a frame or hoop? What do you suggest that I do to practice before I start on the real deal? Any tutorials or books you could recommend to me to learn the technique

Any advice/coaching would be very appreciated!! Thanks!

kinkajou 05-05-2008 05:56 PM

I love the hand quilting. Did you freehand the design or use a template? Either way it's fabulous!

beachlady 05-05-2008 05:57 PM

It is so nice - love it!

mgshaw 05-05-2008 05:57 PM

thank you dutchgirl. gosh i dont really know what to tell you. I am pretty well self taught other than watching "simply quilts" when it was on.So anyone with any advise please jump right in.
As for hoop or frame. I use a hoop, I do have a frame but I cant seem to get the hang of quilting away from myself. You will just have to see what works best for you. The main tip i can think of is keep your fabric loose in the hoop or frame and when you are rocking the needle up and down go all the way up to a verticle position with your needle, it does make a difference.What i have always heard is dont worry so much about stitch lenght at first just try to get consistant in length. Make sure you have a thimble that fits well, and again find one that works for you.)there are many many kinds out there) mostly just practice, practice, practice.I made up several small quilts (24"x24")just plain fabric and practiced on those before i did any real quilts
Again anyone else please give any info you have

mgshaw 05-05-2008 05:59 PM

kinkajou, I used a template lordy I dont have the talent for freehand but thanks!

Harmony 05-05-2008 06:24 PM

Your quilt is just so cute! I love it! I'm a hand quilter too, for the same reason you are--my machine quilting is the pitz! But when I've completed a project, I really feel like I've accomplished something!

As much as I hate to admit it, though, I think that if quilters in the old days had had machine quilting available to them you can bet the farm that they would have used it!

mgshaw 05-05-2008 06:30 PM

I agree Harmony, on all counts.
I have thought about sending mine out to be quilted but I guess its kind of like my kids,I have a hard time letting go

amma 05-05-2008 06:40 PM

Beautiful Quilt :D Awesome Quilting :D

lin 05-05-2008 08:13 PM

Now that's a quilt!! From the scrappy look to the fabulous!!!! handquilting. That's the kind of quilt that got me interested in making quilts myself, and it will probably always be my favorite type. Lots of fabrics, homey, comfy, and all quilted by hand. Ya just can't beat it. :D

mgshaw 05-05-2008 08:16 PM

Thanks lin!! oooh good topic, what got you started in quilting? You could start us off.

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