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Stories of how you started quilting

Started by Carla. Last reply by Sandy Larkey Feb 19, 2018. 46 Replies

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Comment by Carla on July 1, 2009 at 6:13am
I would think that the colors options of batiks would also be good for applique. I just learned to needleturn and I like the idea of a less fraying fabric. I would think that the batiks have a bit more body to them also helpful when it comes to needleturn. The wall hanging I am currently working I am using a mottled green fabric for the stems and leaves. It almost has slight rubberized feeling to it, could it be a batik. I really liked the way it needleturned and it does seem a bit harder to hand quilt thru however it wasn't a problem for me.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on July 1, 2009 at 6:02am
Many of the people I know who do needleturn applique like to use batiks because they are less likely to fray.
Comment by Lynne on July 1, 2009 at 4:55am
Janet,, I agree about not using batiks on the back. I did that on the one and only batik quilt I made, and it hardly ever gets used. My dh says its cold!! He likes to snuggle under the quilts in the winter. After I worked on that one I decided batiks aren't my favorite fabric to work with. I don't like them for applique, even tho the colors are wonderful. LIke to look at them!! LOL Actually I am finishing up a batik UFO.
Comment by Janet/MO on June 30, 2009 at 9:26pm
Thanks sognstitcher for the compliment on my daisy quilt. Another reason to not use batiks on the back of a quilt is because it can make it slippery as all get out. I did that on one of my lap quilts and really regret doing that. It is not only slippery, but it is not comfortable at all. I love batiks for the tops though.
Comment by Carla on June 30, 2009 at 1:33pm
I think alot of us machine piece. I had a featherweight singer that was my husband's grandmother's but have I have passed it on to my daughter, that was a great size to take along and it had a small case. I know they are hard to come by these days. I don't have any experience with the model you mentioned, however.
Comment by Kit Brenner/TX on June 30, 2009 at 12:02pm
Although this group is about hand quilting, I have a machine question. We do do machine piecing sometimes, don't we? I am considering buying a machine to take on retreats, classes, etc. I am considering a Singer 7463 Confidence Creative. Does anyone use that machine? Do you like it?
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on June 30, 2009 at 11:29am
I think most of the batiks are pretty easy to hand quilt as long as you don't use batik on the back. They have such a high quality of greige goods with high thread count that it is like a sheet if you put it on the back. With carpal tunnel it could be more difficult.

Janet, you have a real treasure with your daisy quilt. It's really pretty! Nice work!
Comment by Janet/MO on June 30, 2009 at 6:22am
Thanks for the compliments on my daisy quilt Patricia. Cat Lady, I have had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand so that might be why I found it harder to both hand quilt and hand applique' batiks. I always pre-wash my fabrics so I know that wasn't part of the problem.
Comment by Patricia Hutson on June 30, 2009 at 5:34am
Janet, your daisy quilt is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on June 30, 2009 at 5:31am
When I hand quilted my batik quilt "Owned by Cats" I did not have that much trouble. I did use a regular cotton back and poly batt, and both the backing and all the batiks for the top had been washed before I started. It might depend on your hand strength.

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