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Old 02-16-2011, 09:39 PM   #393
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Thank you, Diego. The gallery will be expanded when, um, I finish more quilts. I'm like the cobbler's children when it comes to actually finishing things, and I haven't yet done that many quilts for other people.
I think we're all in that boat. It's so fun to start projects - harder to finish. Believe me, my UFO drawer is overflowing! Your work is beautiful and I look forward to seeing more of your work. Good luck with your business!!
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:39 AM   #394
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WOW, impressed with your hand quilting. I'm not that patient. I do everything (almost) by machine.
The hand-quilting is relaxing for me - a real stress-buster, and I feel it gives a 'softer' look to the quilts than does machine quilting, but that's just personal preference. I love quilts of all styles and creation methods and am just so awed by the creativity they reflect.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:28 PM   #395
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Imgreenfield, some of my friends and I are beginning to handquilt, starting with some small practice pieces and soon moving on to some old quilt tops that belong to one friend. Because the tops are older, she wants hand rather than machine quilting and we all agreed to become her quilting circle to get them done. Since we've all been practicing, we should have fairly uniform stitches, or so we hope. How do you do your quilting? Do you have a large frame or work with hoops? Do you use a thimble?Your illustration is wonderful ~G
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:28 PM   #396
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Tying quilts?

What about Tying Quilts, anyone still finish their quilts that way? I do all mine that way because I love the way it looks and my vintage Brother cannot go thru 3 layers nor can it do free motion...heck it doesnt even have a walking foot!
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:50 PM   #397
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For me, so much time goes into the piecing that tying wouldn't provide the stability necessary for longevity or wall display. Plus, I exhibit & sell my quilts, which requires a high degree of whatever the powers that be decree as "professionalism."
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:53 PM   #398
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By the way, my walking foot has rusted from disuse. All you need for free-motion quilting is a circle foot, of which there are a variety (and then leave yer feed dogs down).
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Imgreenfield, some of my friends and I are beginning to handquilt, starting with some small practice pieces and soon moving on to some old quilt tops that belong to one friend. Because the tops are older, she wants hand rather than machine quilting and we all agreed to become her quilting circle to get them done. Since we've all been practicing, we should have fairly uniform stitches, or so we hope. How do you do your quilting? Do you have a large frame or work with hoops? Do you use a thimble?Your illustration is wonderful ~G
What fun to work on that project together! I'm sure it will be lovely! I own a beautiful, wonderful, fantastic cherry quilt frame that my wonderful husband made for me years ago....from a cherry log, I kid you not. It is a work of art! Be that as it may, I do my hand quilting on a round hoop - haven't ever gotten the hang of changing angles and directions and maintaining an even stitch on either an oval hoop or the full-size frame. That is my goal for when I retire, to learn to use that lovely frame for actual quilting, and not just for displaying quilts. Re: the uniform stitches - I find that even if the stitch length varies from person to person, if the stitches themselves are of even length in a given section of quilting, some variation in overall quilting is not so noticeable. What is noticeable is if stitch length in a section/line of quilting is very uneven. Wish I could join you all in that joint quilting effort. BTW, my name is Liga (middle initial M, last name Greenfield, therefore: lmgreenfield.
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Forgot you asked about the thimble - yes, I use a plastic thimble that is open on one side and adjustable in size, so fingernail can stick out, which can be useful at times. I also use two finger cots (one on thumb, one on forefinger of the quilting hand), which helps grip the needle for pulling through the material once you have several stitches loaded on the needle. If you haven't already figured this out, the quilting will be easier and more uniform if you use Quilting Betweens (I like a size 9 or 10) rather than rather sewing needles. Quilting Betweens are shorter, very sharp, and therefore easier to maneuver in a way that gives those nice even stitches.
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Liga, if I may use your given name, thank you for good information. Your cherry quilting frame does sound lovely-lucky you with that to look forward to when you retire. I'm trying a silicone thimble, soft and flexible, yet seems to do the job. I don't know what you mean by "finger cots." We are using Betweens, and they do make stitching easier than with regular sewing needles. We may start in early March and if so, I'll report back here on our progress, or lack of. I do know what you mean by uniformity of stitching being important. Back forty years ago when I was a young mother in north Missouri, our town's senior center had a large front window that looked out on our main street. I'd pass by and see several ladies hovering over a pieced quilt in a frame, stitching away. I absolutely fell in love with an elderly lady with knotted arthritic hands who had the most beautiful quilting stitch. I don't know how she managed, but her quilting was wonderful, while that of many others would wander and jump, nothing like the beautiful work of Hester. Those old hands of hers were works of art in the art they could create. I wish she were here to guide me in my hand quilting today. And, wish you could join us, Liga ~G (Georgia)
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What about Tying Quilts, anyone still finish their quilts that way? I do all mine that way because I love the way it looks and my vintage Brother cannot go thru 3 layers nor can it do free motion...heck it doesnt even have a walking foot!
I have done 2 or 3 by tying. The first was by request and the second just seemed to go with the fabric. Not my favorite way... I tend to go with whatever I feel the quilt needs.
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:27 AM   #403
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.... I don't know what you mean by "finger cots." ...... ~G (Georgia)
A finger cot is a medical supply used to cover one or more fingers in situations where a full glove is unnecessary. You can get a small package of them in mixed sizes in any store that sells first-aid supplies. If you like using them, then you can go to medical supply store or order online a larger package of just the size(s) that best fit you. (A box of them costs about $3 and lasts years). You can also find them in some quilt shops, in small packages of mixed sizes, but "quilter's finger cots" packaged specifically for that use tend to be more expensive than those sold at drugstores, and are identical in material and quality. Check out this web site for some more handy tips for hand-quilters: Hand Quilting Quilt Tips from Quilters Around the World!
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:33 AM   #404
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I have done 2 or 3 by tying. The first was by request and the second just seemed to go with the fabric. Not my favorite way... I tend to go with whatever I feel the quilt needs.
Tying is a really quick way to finish a utility quilt and can be lovely because it can be done using a thicker, puffier batting so that the finished product is very fluffy, with a high loft and pretty puckers where the ties are. You can also use different threads for tying (such as embroidery threads, yarn, metalic threads, etc.) which can serve as an enhancement to the quilt fabrics and designs. I'm with rebelstand - use what the quilt "tells" you to do; I also have done machine-quilted and tied quilts in addition to the hand-quilted ones - each method is perfect for certain quilts.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:40 AM   #405
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Tying Quilts

Thank you everyone for your thoughts on tying, as Im thinking about it now I realize that the very 1st quilt I ever saw as a wee one, was at my Grams house and it was in fact one that she tied with embroidery thread and after multiple washings and wear the little ties turned into cute little balls. That must be why I always lean toward a tied quilt. My next one I will do both, hand quilt and tie....stay tuned because this next one will be the 1st quilt Ive ever made for myself!
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It's funny we should be discussing tieing quilts now. Just last weekend, my four-year-old granddaughter spent a long weekend with us. We had gone to movies, cooked, created art...finally I suggested we make a dolly quilt. I had left over from a tablecloth project some charm packs of "camping" theme. She was so excited, arranged the little squares as she liked them in rows on the tile floor, changing images and colors until she had five rows by five, just as she liked them. She'd gather them up, bring them to me and "help" me sew them on my little Featherweight. After helping me make the sandwich of layers, she then helped me tie the little quilt with red Pearl cotton--very slowly and exactly. I'll have it bound for her soon, and I think she'll love it for life ~G
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