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Date: 10/15/12 9:52 AM

Hi everyone. I'm not a quilter, but I have a lot of cherished quilts made by generations of women in my family. I also have a very large bed (bigger than king), and the only blanket that fits on it and looks decent is a quilt made by my mother, aunt and grandmother that was never used because it was so big. I'm thinking of making another quilt for this bed - mainly because I'm afraid something might happen to the handmade one that I'm now using every day. I'm probably going to make embroidered blocks using my sm, and the general plan is to so something in black and white. However, the sticking point that's keeping me from actually starting the project is that I don't know what to do once I finish the piecework and make the quilt top. How do you all quilt a large piece like this? By hand? (I don't have a frame) My machine? (I have a regular babylock embroidery machine) Send it out? (where would I find this service) Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. I hate to start on it if it can't be finished at some point. Pat

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Date: 10/15/12 10:38 AM

Since you don't quilt doing a quilt that large would probably be best to send it out to be professionally quilted. Something that big really needs a frame. Trying to do it by hand will take you forever especially since you are new to this. You would lose your religion trying to quilt that on a regular machine. Stop by your local quilt shop they probably have referrals of people who do this in your surrounding area.

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Date: 10/15/12 10:58 AM

Ditto - send it out for quilting. If there are Amish nearby, they would be my first choice. If not, I would want to see examples of the "professionals" work before contracting with them.

Neither option will be inexpensive.

PS: Start with a small lap quilt or wall hanging before you take on a full size quilt. This will not only give you practice, but also an idea of the work involved.


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Date: 10/15/12 5:32 PM

Indeed. Your first quilting project should never be a bed quilt. Once you are firmly converted and faithful, then you can take up a bed quilt and decide upon the many quilting options for bed quilts. You could send it out and it will look fabulous. If they are individual large blocks that would have a sashing between them it would be easy to do quilt as you go with sashing, maching quilting in sections, add the borders later, etc etc etc. There are ways to do huge quilts on a dinky home machine yourself but you need to be firmly comfortable with what you're doing first.

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Date: 10/15/12 6:44 PM

Being as you're not a quilter, I'd stick with making the blocks. They are more fun to do, especially if your embroidery machine can do them. But as to quilting it, I'd definitely send it out. (and I teach quilting classes and have quilted a few of my own quilts). You don't want to armwrestle a bigger-than-king-size quilt; no machine (other than a long arm, which is quite expensive) will help you with that.

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Date: 10/16/12 5:56 AM

Hi Pat,
Another thought might be to try the Quilt As You Go method, which has you complete the quilt in sections, so it is easier to handle. There's a lot of satisfaction in doing the whole quilt yourself, and, of course, it's considerably less expensive than sending it out to be quilted.

There are a number of different QAYG methods, so you can probably find one that would be comfortable for you, and that you like. I use a QAYG book by Marguerita McManus called Finish Any Quilt, and it's been quite helpful. The Kindle version is less than $10. I've also had several books from the library that have other methods. QAYG methods would lend themselves nicely to some lovely machine embroidery, or even decorative stitches on a regular machine, which is all I have used, since my machines are all older than dirt, like me.

Good luck with your project.
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Date: 10/16/12 5:59 PM

Unless you have a timeframe that dictates it be finished within 6 months, I suggest you inquire in your community, or go to a quilt shop, and ask them for a list of churchs in your area who have quilting guilds. Many churchs do. I started out by doing this and have learned a ton of knowledge in a very short time. They usually meet once a week and welcome newcomers with open arms. They are also a great resource for many of the questions you have asked here.

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Date: 10/18/12 9:35 AM

I agree with everyone here about sending it out for quilting. A project that size for your first time would be very daunting indeed!

As to how to find quilters, ask around at the quilt shops in your area. It's almost certain they will know gals/guys who do that sort of work.

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Date: 10/27/12 10:07 AM

Bigger than King? WOW, that must be some bed! Do you have to make your own sheets?

I love to quilt, but making a Bigger-than-King sized quilt! Even with a twin-sized quilt, I am a firm believer in purchasing the services of a Long Armed Quilter.

If you are worried about damaging the handmade quilt you are currently using, an option might be to purchase a plain colored oversized coverlet to use. A "practice" quilt, suggested by many posters, or a "bed runner" - could then be folded at the foot of the bed - to add color to the room.

Then you would not have to worry about damaging the handmade quilt and could put as much time into designing and sewing a new quilt as needed.

Have fun! and how fortunate you are to have quilts made by your foremothers!

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Date: 10/27/12 4:46 PM

How about the current idea seen in hotels of just a pieced narrow end quilt across the bottom for color, maybe over clean white, then matching shams?

I inherited some older handmade quilts, but
1) they are too heavy to pull over you at nite,
2) they are expensive to dryclean or launder away from home, especially if a pet likes them
3) better to use as a wall hanging or in guest room

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