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Aunt Becky's Finger Protector and TJ's Quick Quilter Spoon

Started by Goldie Crear. Last reply by Pat Minnick Mar 14. 16 Replies

Have any of you tried working with either of these tools in your hand-quilting? As a newbie, I love the look and peaceful tranquility of quilting by hand, but, my underhand is crying for relief. That…Continue

Tags: Quilter, spoon, quilting, Quick, T.J.'s

Hello, from Snowing Ontario

Started by Marilyn Malloy. Last reply by Theresa McGhee Johnson Oct 25, 2016. 3 Replies

Hello,I live just outside of Ottawa, Ontario.  Thought I'd join in.  For Christmas my husband bought me a Grace Z44 frame, so I can now handquilt without basting :)  It's a real joy and relaxing for…Continue

What do I have here?

Started by Leah Novello. Last reply by Leah Novello Oct 13, 2015. 3 Replies

Hello folks, Vicki referred me to you... I recently obtained some quilting stuff, and I am not a quilter at all... so I have no idea what I have got here... I do property clean outs and end up with…Continue

Tags: hand, frame, quilting

Hello Hand Quilters

Started by Janie Robertson. Last reply by Connie Melancon Sep 8, 2013. 34 Replies

I too am really glad to find a group of people who hand quilt. I quilt almost every day, and it is hilarious to me that most people don't get it  what I am doing.  I tell them I am hand quilting a…Continue

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Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 22, 2017 at 11:47am
i don't precut anything ..not even my precious scraps. the batt scraps i layer, roll and place in original bag, compress as much air out of bag as possible & tie off. then stuff into closet corner. i have always used my batt scraps in minis, wall, pillows and even have shredded & used between solid layers for pillow forms. but because i don't know what my next project will be, i don't precut anything. i don't like to limit my options. especially now when batt tho much better quality that it was when i started quilting in the 80's, it's also become very expensive.
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 22, 2017 at 11:41am
i'm happy you found My Quilt Place and the wonderful groups & quilters! :))

i tried an earlier version of the pounce pad many many years ago. didn't like it. it's just chalk & subject to even easier rubbing off as the quilt is manipulated. the earlier version was also too messy to fill IMHO. i also tried taping & sewing batt pieces together. i developed my own method and it holds very well. i also hand baste all quilts i intend to hand or machine quilt except for minky, flannel or faux fur quilts. and my way of piecing batt even holds thru manipulation of quilt sandwich while either shoving whole thing thru machine harp or frequent position changes in hand hoop. because of severe back issues, i have to lean back in rocker or recliner w knees drawn up. i ballance the hoop on my knees and arm of chair. i use scroll frames for my wall or mini quilts & large oval or small round (for corners) frames for full sized and larger quilts.
Comment by Sandy Clabaugh on February 22, 2017 at 10:57am

So yet another question.  (Can you tell how happy I am to find a group of hand-quilters who have already been where I dare to go?)

Does the tape used to join batting pieces work and is it of a texture than can be hand-quilted?  I have so much batting and I could sure use those storage drawers for more fabric.  Or should I just cut it all in 10" squares to have on hand for rag quilts?

Comment by Sandy Clabaugh on February 22, 2017 at 10:52am

I, too, mark as I go since I find that I handle the quilt so much when hand-quilting that I rub off some of the marking.  I think someone said they've used the Pounce pad - I've wanted to try it but wanted to be sure it would be worth the investment.  Any feedback?  I'm currently quilting a large block quilt of both blacks and whites and the black is giving me fits. The white marker I've used on other dark fabrics just isn't cutting it.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 22, 2017 at 9:35am
sandy i use templates and freehand both on same quilt. i started out marking whole quilt, but now mark as i go. it's ok with the quilt police too, i found out via reading a interview w a famous japanese quilter years ago. breathed a sigh of relief and stopped looking over my shoulder. i am planning and making drawings of ideas for my quilting as i am piecing my quilt then since i continue working out the design as i go along i use both freehand and templates. since i prefer to make miniatures, commercial templates don't fit my quilts, so, i make my own from cardboard cereal boxes or whatever i find w correct weight. in my collection of quilt paraphenalia i have a beautiful template cut from floor tile that i acquired in box of treasures from an estate auction many years ago.
Comment by Mary Britton on February 21, 2017 at 8:08pm

I am quilting a dutchman's puzzle quilt also, king size, for my bed.  I am quilting 1/4 inch away from the seams in the pieced blocks using the 1/4 inch masking tape to keep me on track.  The pieced blocks are alternated with a plain block which I have previouisly marked a fleur de lis pattern using a stencil.  I rarely use stencils on pieced blocks, but usually save them for a plain setting block or the borders.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 20, 2017 at 9:35pm

Sandy, I usually mark my tops, unless I'm just going 1/4" inside seams of piecing shapes, or outlining embroidery work/applique. I often stitch inside those too, if not fused. I have used stencils, templates (cereal box cardboard), rulers,even perforated brown bag paper (use old threadless needle in machine ) & pounce pad, or even cinnamon powder on light colors.I plan before I start.

Comment by Deirdre Ford on February 20, 2017 at 6:03pm

Sandy,

I use templates at times unless I'm shadow (outline) quilting or have points that I connect with slim 1/8" masking tape.  I don't think there are any 'rules' as far as hand quilting goes. At times I've been known to take the less quilted route, but with the pinwheel quilt I'm piecing right now I wanted to make sure I do a perfect job - it's for my bed!

Comment by Sandy Clabaugh on February 20, 2017 at 3:44pm

So, do I gather some of you (most? all?) free hand your quilting pattern?  I use templates.  I thought that was how it was done.

I am currently learning fusion applique for a pig I'm doing and I have a question.  I will satin stitch around all the parts of the pig pattern but when I add borders, layer and start quilting, what do I do?  Do I quilt along the satin stitching edges and use the quilting pattern only for the background of the block?

Comment by Pkr on February 20, 2017 at 2:49pm
This is a reply to rogue quilter on what to quilt on a pinwheel. I'm playing with big stitch quilting on a dutchmans puzzle quilt. Just doing a row of stitches that are 1/4 inch from seams.
 

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