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Old 09-29-2003, 06:10 PM
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Lap quilting/Hand Quilting

Does anyone else quilt by hand? It's a nearly lost art, does anyone still continue to do this?
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Old 01-06-2004, 07:59 PM
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Hi leasmom! Yes I hand quilt. In fact I am currently working on quilted table runner for my mother-in-law's table. I am not quite sure of the design's name but I am having a blast doing the quilting! are you currently on a project? We have a group of 30+ year old women at my church who are beginning to pick up the handquilting art and we meet one evening per month in whomever's home just to chat and stitch! it is alot of fun. Share with me what you are working on. If I run across the appropriate name for my design I will let you know. Quilt on!
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Old 01-06-2004, 08:25 PM
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I found the name of the design!

The design is called "Dahlia". It is fairly simple. I am going to finish this and then progress on to next higher level of difficulty. Will look forward to sharing handquilting with you.

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Old 01-06-2004, 08:39 PM
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I haven't found too many people who still hand quilt

I was looking at cloth the other day thinking, humm...maybe I should get it...a big bag at the Goodwill. I may go back and get it as soon as I can.

I want to expand my dd's quilt, I made her one using her clothes and it was big enough for a toddler bed but not big enough for a twin. I was going to start before Christmas but I stopped. I need to get back into it and finish it up so it fits her bed now.
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Old 01-06-2004, 09:19 PM
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There is a really neat group of ladies in our City who take donated wedding dresses (used of course) and make all sorts of quilts from special designs to crazy quilts. When the quilt is completed, they then have it auctioned off. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to help pay for Chemo treatments for those who cannot afford it! I get to see one of these finished products next month! Go get your fabric. If it looks like good material and the price is right, go for it! We (my mom and my good friend) yard sale during the summer months and I tend to stock up on fabrics and trims etc. Anything for crafts that are reasonable I stock up with.
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Old 01-06-2004, 09:24 PM
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I can't stock up on anything

I'll be moving in 4 months, anything that can't fit into my car has to go-LOL! But, as soon as I can, I'll go back and get it. I'm not perfect in lap quilting but it does mean something to my family. My dd has one on the wall and one she sleeps with. My niece calls hers a nite-nite and sleeps with it. My nephew has his as well. It is special to them, though not at all perfect, but thats all that matter to me-LOL!
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Old 01-07-2004, 05:51 AM
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Hi ladies,
I hand quilt too! It doesn't seem that many women in my quilting guild are actually doing the quilting by hand anymore. Some of us still are though! I have actually taught hand quilting. It has been really fun!

I don't hand quilt everything, however. If I know that the quilt will get a lot of "love" from my family, I have it machine quilted with a long arm machine. This seems to work well for me. Then, the quilt can be used and machine washed without my worrying about it.

I find the process very relaxing. I can quilt away and my mind can wander and contemplate things. I could never do this with counted cross-stitch, I would end up with a miscount and a mess.

Good luck with your projects!
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Old 01-07-2004, 07:33 AM
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lap/hand quilting

I have done that with cross-stitch and there is nothing worse than 'un-stitching' !! I have a question for you since you have taught. I am working on 18"x18" sq for this table runner I am working on. There is a lot of stitching to do and it seems as though my square's fabric edges frey a lot, should I apply frey-check or zigzag edges before hand quilting? I probably should have done that first but I go so energized and excited to start quilting that I jumped in and got started. This is a pattern that also requires a 2"x3" embroidery work in each of the 4 corners. Therefore my block get's alot of shifting around. Someday I will have a quilting stand/frame and be all set! Do you have any favorite quilt designs?
Thank you so much for sharing. Quilting is a nearly lost art especially in my age group (early 40s) and those younger than myself....or so it seems. We gals have gotta keep the heritage of quilting going!

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Old 01-08-2004, 10:32 AM
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How do you keep lap quilting tight?

My quilts like I said aren't perfect but between the family that doesn't matter, but how do you keep it tight, do you use a frame???
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Old 01-08-2004, 10:43 AM
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Hi! I know what you mean. I am so beginner at this thing. I use a hoop frame. I use the plastic ones instead of the wooden ones. Works better against the fabric for me. I am hoping to get one of the floor standing frames where you 'roll' the quilt up as you go along. Have you seen those? Before I place the hoop on the piece I want to stitch, I make sure that I have gone around and straight-pinned everything together to prevent slippage as I place hoop.
Does this help?
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