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Thread: Hand Quilting in Floor Frame

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    When i made this top, i had no idea it would be a year before i settled down to quilt it. I shared the making of it with all of u, here is the link http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-25353-1.htm
    And then the finished top http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-28259-1.htm
    And i showed u all the steps to placing it in my floor frame, ready to hand quilt http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35888-1.htm

    and now i thought i would show u all the steps to hand quilting it.
    This is my favorite thing to do, settle down at the frame and quilt.

    Here are the things i will use, Stencils, marking took, (i use a [email protected] mechanical Pencil. It comes with dark and white lead. ) 1/4 in marking tape, Needle puller, needles, and thinble(notice mine is old and used ). and, a small pair of scissors
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    Also, i will be using white, all cotton quilting thread. I like to thread several needles at a time, and then settle down to sew
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    The area we will be working in is 15 in, by 3 in.. I want to quilt around it on the inside 1/4 in, so i tape it off with my tape
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    so i enter needle,about 1/2 in into quilt top, and into batting, but not going through the backing. then u pull it on through, giving it a slight tug, and secure the knot in the batting
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    this is known as, popping the knot :)
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    so now we will start quilting. I like to place 4 or 5 stitches on my needle at once
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    then u pull the needle and thread through. The goal is to get your stitches, and the space inbetween them, the same size. Do not worry about how small they r at first, size will come in time
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    once u have quilted all the way around the block, remove tape, and see your work. :)
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    and now we r ready to fill in the middle. This is the stencil i have chosen. You will see that i have centered it in the area. Once i am sure it is centered, I then use my tape to keep it in place
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    and then we mark it. I used the white lead, on the dark blue
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    And then u just settle down, quilt, and see the results of your time :):)
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    Ninnie, it is so lovely to see a post from you. I am glad you are now progressing on this lovely quilt, since we followed you cutting and stitching the top together. I look forward to following your progress.

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    very good ninnie just the way i do it nice to see one do it the way you do it so i know i am doing right

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    Thank you Ninny so much for your tute. Hand quilting is something I hope to do in the future and it is so nice to see pictures of how it is done. I'm going to look at your other posts as well and then I'll print all of them so I'll have a 'story of hand quilting' in my notebook. Thank you again.

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    Thank you for the post. I really enjoyed it. I hand pieced and handquilted my first quilt almost 40 years ago and am now just getting back to quilting again. That 1/4' tape looks like a fantastic help...I recall making VERY light marks with a number 2 pencil for mine - will definately try to locate some of that tape. I have purchased some stencils and am eager to try them.

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    I am not a hand quilter. But you make it look easy! Thank you.

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    Great to see you handquilting this beautiful top. I watched your previous posts and absolutely love this quilt.

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    Thank you, thank you! I just started practicing hand quilting and I am anxious to begin on a real quilt - your tutorial makes it more doable in sections - now I am ready to try!

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    Oh, I so enjoyed seeing your hand quilting. I have not tried it yet, but plan to soon. Thank you so much,Michele

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    Thank you Ninnie. I am sure we would all love to have a class with you
    Hey, I will be in NC next week...

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    Ninnie... thank you for sharing this tutorial... I finished a top for my husband just last night and have decided I want to hand quilt it. I'm looking for a fleur-de-lis stencil... can't wait to get started... of course, first I have to sandwich and this is the largest quilt I've made so far...
    Somehow I'm encouraged by your tutorial... thank you!!

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    Ninnie,
    I so enjoyed your directions on your quilting frame. I am still hand quilting without a frame or hoop, but am wondering if there is an advantage to this frame. I have been looking at frames---some are pretty cheap and some are pretty pricey. Noticed that yours was a Hinterberg...I know nothing about frames, could you enlighten me?
    Do you find that you are tripping over the frame for the many months that it takes to get it quilted? Does the tension hold well for you? Do you feel that you are a prisoner to that frame with it being in the center of your living space? Is it easier to mark stencils on the frame or have you ever just used a table if you quilt without a frame?
    I am very curious!! Wonder if a frame would make me get more quilting done and not be on the QBV so often?

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    would like to know about the frame also?,,,,,Michele

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    Thank you, Ninnie. What a wonderful tutorial. Now I understand what "threading a few needles at the same time" means. (not what I thought) I have nests of threaded needles in my sewing kit. Also, never thought about using the tape.

    Lots of times I get beautiful stitches on the top and nothing on the bottom. Is there a secret to catching the backing? Thank you so much. pal

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    I am a handquilter also. Question: Do you always stencil once the quilt is on the frame, or while the top is on a table? I am currently working on a queen size and marked it while it was on a table top. Used a pouncer with iron-off chalk but the marks seem rather faint after mounting on the frame.

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    Love your quilt and the tutu on hand guilting. Thanks for enlighten me.

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    My dear husband built me a frame several years ago which is in the attic and I've never used. The gear and hardware kit didn't come with instructions for use and I've never gotten the courage to try to figure it out. Thank you for the instructions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailsablazin
    Ninnie,
    I so enjoyed your directions on your quilting frame. I am still hand quilting without a frame or hoop, but am wondering if there is an advantage to this frame. I have been looking at frames---some are pretty cheap and some are pretty pricey. Noticed that yours was a Hinterberg...I know nothing about frames, could you enlighten me?
    Do you find that you are tripping over the frame for the many months that it takes to get it quilted? Does the tension hold well for you? Do you feel that you are a prisoner to that frame with it being in the center of your living space? Is it easier to mark stencils on the frame or have you ever just used a table if you quilt without a frame?
    I am very curious!! Wonder if a frame would make me get more quilting done and not be on the QBV so often?
    I have quilted without a frame also, and for small projects, it is fine, i use 405 spray to keep the layers together when lap quilting. The advantage to a floor frame is that all 3 layers r together, and u can set the tension for keeping them flat. Also, it is big enough to invite 3 or friends to come help, gets the quilting done faster. And yes, it is easier to mark, when the tension is set and the top is flat and tight. this frame turns up on its side, and can be placed along a wall when not in use. Also, it tilts, so u r always quilting at the perfect height for u.
    And for staying of the QB, well no, u will still come here, it is an addictive place to be lol.

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    What is the name of the frame?....Michele

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    That is exactly how I quilt. I moved into a small place when we moved back up here from OK and I no longer had a room I could set up my floor frame in. I use a lap frame until we get a bigger place and I can set my floor frame up again.

    It's great to see someone who shares the same techniques as me. I LOVE your templates. I'm hoping to find a store that sells them since most everything has something to do with Machine quilting or FMQ and no one uses these awesome templates around here anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pal
    Thank you, Ninnie. What a wonderful tutorial. Now I understand what "threading a few needles at the same time" means. (not what I thought) I have nests of threaded needles in my sewing kit. Also, never thought about using the tape.

    Lots of times I get beautiful stitches on the top and nothing on the bottom. Is there a secret to catching the backing? Thank you so much. pal
    i know what u mean about the threading of needles. It was awhile before i figured out to thread them on the spool, and then cut length of thread with one needle on it. lol i was doing all mine separate , i would have needles lined up in a row, stuck in top, lol and half the time would end up losing some of them before using.
    I did now show a pic, but when i am quilting , it is all about the pointer finger on my left hand, being on the underneath side. I have to feel the needle when i am quilting, and when it hits my finger, i am sure it is through all 3 layers. Also, the tension of your work helps. too lose, and u can miss the bottom. but also too tight and it will bounce off bottom and not catch. It is just something that u will get the hang of with more experience.
    1/4 in tape is wonderful, it comes in dif colors. Most quilt shops will carry it.Right now i have the green, and then the beige, that looks like masking tape.
    I have used masking tape to mark,sometimes, in a larger square, u might want to do a 1/4 in, and then another round 1 inch in from your first line. I have used different things around the house to make quilting patterns with. the top of a spool makes great circles, and when over lapped, a beautiful rope. So, look around, you will find different things to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GayleM
    I am a handquilter also. Question: Do you always stencil once the quilt is on the frame, or while the top is on a table? I am currently working on a queen size and marked it while it was on a table top. Used a pouncer with iron-off chalk but the marks seem rather faint after mounting on the frame.
    Over the years, i guess i have tried just about every type of marking tool there is. and, like u, i have tried marking the whole quilt before starting to quilt it. and half would be worn off before i got to it, and would have to remark. so, now i mark as i go. most quilts will have centering points in each block, that will tell u stencil is in right place. and most of the time we r just straight line quilting, so u can tape as u go.
    After trying all types of markers, i have settled on the [email protected] I ordered mine from Keepsake quilting It came in a medal box. And the refils r not expensive and last a long time.
    Also, there is no waste, you can put more than one piece of lead in, and the second one will push the first one all the way through so that u can use all of it. Also, i have never had a mark not come out in the washing. It has always been easy to find a marker easy to see on light material, but harder to see on dark, and the white lead for this pencil works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emt2004
    would like to know about the frame also?,,,,,Michele

    Well what can i say, other than I am in love with my frame. And yes, it is a Hinterburg. The one i have is called the Caddiliac, and i think it ran around 600.00. I have had it for about 8 years now.It comes with different size poles, and you can quilt a King size in it with no trouble. Mine was a gift from my family one year for my birthday. wow i was shocked lol. when not in use, i just set it in a bedroom, and turn it up on its side, so it is not in the way. But, if i had to, i would leave it setting in middle of living room, lol it is well worth the trouble of walking around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolynW
    My dear husband built me a frame several years ago which is in the attic and I've never used. The gear and hardware kit didn't come with instructions for use and I've never gotten the courage to try to figure it out. Thank you for the instructions.
    How sweet of your hubby!!!
    also , for any of u who would love to have a frame, and hubby is handy building, Hinterburg does sell just the hardware.

    here is the link to their web site

    http://www.hinterberg.com/cat-Frames-46.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    That is exactly how I quilt. I moved into a small place when we moved back up here from OK and I no longer had a room I could set up my floor frame in. I use a lap frame until we get a bigger place and I can set my floor frame up again.

    It's great to see someone who shares the same techniques as me. I LOVE your templates. I'm hoping to find a store that sells them since most everything has something to do with Machine quilting or FMQ and no one uses these awesome templates around here anymore.
    i love stencils, and i do confess, i have several, lol. here is the link to where a lot of mine came from they r very reasonable priced, and hold up well

    http://quiltingstencils.com/

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