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Comment by QuiltDragon on May 3, 2009 at 11:59am
Prairie Quilter - sounds like you found yourself a winner! Barb
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 3, 2009 at 11:18am
I agree, QuiltDragon, good workmanship is good workmanship. The long-arm quilter where I take some of my quilts is also a hand quilter. She prefers the traditional hand-quilting designs and that is what appeals to me about her LA work. Even though they are LA quilted, the quilts still have the traditional hand-quilted "feel" and look to them from a distance.
Comment by QuiltDragon on May 2, 2009 at 5:59pm
Hi -about a month ago we went to the Mancuso NJ quilt show and the pieces were, for the most part, spectacular. The majority of them were machine quilted with beautiful feathers and cables. Some of it was filler, but there were many that used very nice patterns to fill the open spaces. I'm sure they used a LA, but still, the workmanship was amazing. I, too like the appearnce of hand quilting over machine, but you have to appreciate good workmanship no matter how it's done. B
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 2, 2009 at 12:47pm
Welcome Gini! I love the quilting motifs as well.
Comment by Gini on May 2, 2009 at 10:06am
Hello Ladies, I'm a self taught handquilter.. I'm using a small PVC frame . I came to quilting quite late in my life and am enjoying it very much. One of my regrets with machine quilting is the demise of patterns in the quilting. It seems to be only stippling and random stitching. Of course, outline quilting is another question and i do my full share of that too, but I miss the lovely pattens in plain blocks and borders.

I do plan to take a class in machine quilting (not longarm) this summer at a local quilt fest as well as one in hand quilting. Can't wait for the time to pass!

In June I'm taking a local class that combines stripping with paper piecing. Sounds interestig to me. Has anyone else tried this?
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on May 2, 2009 at 7:24am
Thanks for the "lesson lecture" QuiltDragon. We all need good learning/refresher courses once in awhile. I was watching a woman sewing on her binding one day and noticed she had no batting in it. I asked her why, and her answer was the directions said to cut the binding strips at 2.5" and sew them on. She was doing a single fold binding using a double fold measurement.

Speaking of the applique method where you iron freezer paper onto the top. I know a lady who does beautiful needleturn, and she cuts her template pieces out of clear contact paper (instead of freezer papr). I have tried her method and like it, as you can see what nuances there will be in the finished piece through the clear contact paper. You can use the contact paper more than once. Just remember not to leave it on the fabric for any length of time as it might leave a residue.

You can also use the contact paper to make quilting templates. Again, just do not leave them on the fabric for any length of time.

Toothpicks . . . she uses them to help turn under the edges, as the wood grips the fabric better than a needle, especially when doing those fine pointy points.
Comment by QuiltDragon on May 2, 2009 at 6:24am
Hi everyone - I'm a hand appliquer by choice, but I do machine work. As a quilt judge I can tell you that the actual process (needle turn, decorative stitch, quilt with or without a hoop) isn't as important as the final product. When I judge, I don't know how you did it, but if it's got small invisible stitches without puckering in needleturn or other applique technique is done well, it'll get very positive comments back. The same goes for quilting - if your stitches are small and even and the back looks the same, that's what I'm looking for. As a matter of fact, I'd rather see slightly longer quilting stitches that are equal to each other on the front and back, than very tiny inconsistent stitches that only catch a single thread on the back. By not picking up enough fabric on the back, the pulling of the stitches will break the backing fabric threads. So, whatever technique works for you is fine, just remember the goal of the final quilt. Oh yeah, pleeeease make sure that your binding is filled with batting to wear longer and the stitches need to be small, invisible and close together. Class dismissed. LOL
Barb
Comment by Peg Organ on May 2, 2009 at 5:05am
When you quilt without a frame/hoop, how are you holding the layers of a large quilt together so they don't slip or bunch up? I have tried quilting without a frame and liked it, but I get nervous my back will be bunched or creased so I end up putting it back on the hoop. I have a standing frame but I do better with my large wooden hoop.
Comment by YvonneMarie on May 2, 2009 at 3:11am
My Baltimore class begins today ladies, pray for me. I think her method is needle turn, she also uses a toothpick.
Comment by Janet/MO on May 1, 2009 at 8:26pm
You are welcome. I tried the freezer paper on top method, but found that I was constantly fighting to keep it in place. When I baste the seam allowance around it, I try to leave as straight a line as possible toward the end. Then when I get to about 2 inches from the end, I remove the basting stitched and then I just reach in and take the paper out. I know people have been cutting slits in the back and removing the paper for eons, but that always seemed to me that it would weaken the block.
 

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