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Date: 11/2/12 10:12 AM

As some of you know, I am thinking about how to quilt my denim quilt. When reading kellyhogaboom's thread on quilting frame recommendations, made me think......

What is everyone's experience with HAND quilting denim?

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Date: 11/2/12 10:49 AM

I think you will wind up with very sore fingers.

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Date: 11/2/12 11:05 AM

Yes I think I agree with you PattiAnnJ!

I was getting back on this post to say "wait a minute, I changed my mind!!" I was thinking about when I have had to PIN this quilt and the troubles I had at times just pinning it!! I'll save my hand quilting for basic thin cotton....

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Date: 11/3/12 5:41 PM

Could you do ties? Every 5 to 6 inches tie it ... I use embroidery thread or crochet cotton thread. I do not think it would hurt the hands as much. It depends on the look you want with your finished quilt.....
Please post how you are going to do it....very interesting....

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Date: 11/3/12 6:54 PM

Thank you tgm and Kittys for the suggestion! I wonder what embroidery thread would look like???! Wonder if the ties could look delicate-like using embroidery thread? I will have to ponder this option too!! Thank you!

Right now, I am thinking that I will tack the quilt here and there using decorative stitches on my sewing machine (or ones that I can make free-hand, like heart etc) and maybe FMQ in places, but I need to practice FMQ on a scrap piece a few times.

I'm also thinking about sewing a decorative border using my deco stitches too. Still planning though, but I know I am not doing it by hand (unless I tie that is)!

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Date: 11/3/12 7:03 PM

Tying a quilt in this fashion requires a very large needle and the thread is difficult to pull through fabric (think of those pins!)

I much like your idea to tack it with decorative stitches.

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Date: 11/4/12 3:28 PM

That is a good point to Miss Fairchild. I think I may be sticking to just using decorative stitches. I just need to experiment seeing which ones look good on their own or if I stack a few together etc.

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