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Thread: Very first attempt at hand quilting

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    So I decided to take the plunge and hand quilt my latest creation. I have hesitated to do so in the past because I've not had the space to leave a quilt frame up to do it, and I'm a big fat chicken and too impatient. But I wanted to try it at least once, so I decided to try it on this one. So far I have 1/3 of 1 block done...and I like the results so far I think. I looks horribly juvenile compared to some of the other quilting I've seen on here, but hey, so far so good for a beginner, right?

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    I'm so glad that you're doing it! I hand quilt on my minis and love the quietness of it.

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    You did a very nice job!

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    Youíre doing beautiful!! My 1st hand quilting stitches were gigantic. Please let us see the quilt when itís all finished.

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    Keep up the good work.

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    After two hours of bending over the frame my neck is killing me. I've got 1/3 of one block done, and I think I'll keep going. Not only is it not half bad looking, I really enjoy the texture of the quilt with the stitching in it...

    Definitely going to post when it's all done.

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    Hand quilting and applique are great on road trips, if you have a driver

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    Looking real good!! Do you find it as relaxing as I do?

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    I admire people that attempt to hand quilt. Your doing a great job!!

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    Oh my gosh, you are doing great. Keep going.

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    very nice

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    You go girl. Looks like your getting the hang of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsj82
    After two hours of bending over the frame my neck is killing me. I've got 1/3 of one block done, and I think I'll keep going. Not only is it not half bad looking, I really enjoy the texture of the quilt with the stitching in it...

    Definitely going to post when it's all done.
    I for one look forward to seeing it!

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    Your doing so good keep going :-D :thumbup:

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    Your are doing some good work. Just keep it up. Practice, practice and more practice.
    I have been a hand quilter for over 4 years.........I quilt one day each week with two groups...........So relaxing and rewarding..........great friendships are made around a quilt frame.

    Happy Hand Quilting
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    Your stitches look very even. You will be amazed at the difference in your stitches from the beginning to the end of your quilt. Mine changed even on the small potholder I started out on. Your doing great. Just remember to stretch and it's always a good excuse for a back rub from your husband.lol

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    You are doing great !! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
    My first I didn't have any type of frame & my stitches were sooo big almost like basting, but I loved the first one!! :-D

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    You're doing great :thumbup: Can't wait to see it when it's finished.

    If you have to bend over your work then maybe you could adjust the height/tilt of the hoop or the height of your chair so you don't strain your neck muscles.

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    Hand quilting is so relaxing. Looks great!

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    Way to go. Keep it up can't wait to see the finished quilt. It will be a treasure for certain.

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    You are doing great. Maybe if your neck hurts so you should try another chair or position? Good luck. :):):)

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    Coming along nicely....remember to hop up from time to time and do some stretches or a spot of another activity. I find handwork extremely addictive and meditative...you will be hooked in no time.

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    I am finding it extremely relaxing to be honest. I just pop in a movie or a DVD of a TV series I like and just let my mind wander as I do the quilting. I think I really will do more of these hand quilted from now on.

    And I've got the height of the chair pretty much where it needs to be and the frame is one height fits all...(Sad) but I'll just hop up from time to time and do the other chores that I'm avoidig as I quilt! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    You're doing great :thumbup: Can't wait to see it when it's finished.

    If you have to bend over your work then maybe you could adjust the height/tilt of the hoop or the height of your chair so you don't strain your neck muscles.
    And, next time, don't stitch through the seam thicknesses. The extra resistance is more draining.

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    Nice job!

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