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Hand quilters of all skill levels, or just talk about hand quilting. All welcome to share ideas, comments, ideas and helpful hints.

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quilt snob?

Started by Rebecca Keith/VA. Last reply by Sandy Larkey May 11, 2020. 31 Replies

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 Joyce Besemer on May 6, 2009 at 7:25am
Outstanding! I love it. Thanks for sharing. Joyce
Comment by Annie on May 6, 2009 at 7:12am

here's my latest finishe hand quilting project. dh took the pic, cant really see the quilting on it, though.
Comment by Sharon Johnstone on May 5, 2009 at 11:59am
I love hand quilting, however, I still send some of mine out for machine quilting. Otherwise, I'd not get many finished at my pace. I finished hand quilting a "row by row" quilt I did with 5 other members of my guild and love the effect. I quilted each row differently and did a big stitch around the border using beading for the first time.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on May 5, 2009 at 11:39am
Just noticed CT is having a sale this week on their tools. This includes their marking supplies. They also have a template cutter. Sort of timely with our two popular discussions above.
Comment by QuiltWarrior Pam on May 5, 2009 at 8:38am
Annette, the food storage product called Press N Seal works great for trying ideas for quilting. It sticks lightly to the fabric and won't move while you draw. Protects fabric from your drawing and peels off without leaving a residue. Use washable marking pens to draw on it so that if you do accidently tear a hole in it, it won't ruin your quilt top. DO NOT USE PERMANENT markers. Crayola Washable markers will work or the washable blue marking pens. Its a great way to do a "practice block" of a quilting idea.
--Pam
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on May 5, 2009 at 7:45am
AnnetteJ, I don't really like stitching in the ditch (just personal preference) because the stitching does'nt show. I usually outline, a quarter inch inside the stitching line. It's easier for me to get an even stitch pattern too. I commented on your page, but again, I love your quilt. I'm having fun stitching away at a Thimbleberries wall hanging (it's Frosty Lights), nice big shapes that are making me feel very successful! Maybe someday. . .
Comment by Janet/MO on May 5, 2009 at 7:30am
Wow, what beautiful blocks Annette! The flying geese units really set off the applique'! Cat Lady's suggestions are great. I have never thought about using clear vinyl or plastic to do a mock up to see how a quilting motif would look on a block. Great idea!
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on May 5, 2009 at 6:54am
AnnetteJ, was just looking at your quilt. Not sure what your question is about concerning the flying geese sashing. I would look at stitch-in-the-ditch quilting the flying geese in the sashing. Then I would use the 45-degree angles off the geese to line up my cross-hatch, that way they might appear to blend together and blocks and sashing would be about equally quilted.

Before doing that, you might want to make a mock-up of the block to see how it looks. Sometimes when I do this, I have a large piece of clear vinyl/plastic that I lay on top of the area and mark on that with an over-head projector transparency pen (water soluble) to see how it looks. Just make sure your plastic/vinyl is larger than your block and don't get anything wet!
I have also made full size paper mock-ups, or even marked the design with white chalk roller pens on the actual top (When I can easily see the design and the chalk will brush off, if in doubt check on a scrap fabric to make sure the chalk does not leave a residue mark.)

Just a thought to help you out.
Comment by Carla on May 4, 2009 at 8:24pm
I think that since this is a hand quilting group our discussions should be about handwork. I have seen a lot of beautiful machine quilted quilts in Paducah, but I still don't think they measure up to a hand quilted quilt. That is why I joined this group to dicuss hand quilting.
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on May 4, 2009 at 7:27pm
i've been really interested in the comments on LA quilting. I never understood how people could consider machine quilting an art form (forgive me!) until I went to the big quilt show in Jacksonville, FL. I came home with a new understanding--some of the work I saw was awe-inspiring. I still prefer handquilting, but I'm really glad I finally saw what people were talking about with heirloom machine quilting.

I wanted to thank everybody again for the sympathy about my daughter's dorm quilt (red border started bleeding). I took off the borders and removed the stained pieces of the watercolor section, cut and replaced those pieces and started putting the borders back on. Whew! I'm so glad I had that huge crease in the batting. Otherwise I would not have known I had a problem until too late. I'll keep using dye magnets, but I'm going back to my old habit of throwing in a small piece of one of my husbands old t-shirts just in case.
 

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