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Date: 1/17/13 4:05 PM

Hi everyone!

I have been MIA since the holidays and now that things are settling down, I am trying to catch up on the PR boards!

In the mean time, I have been thinking/wondering for those who have HAND quilted, what was the first item you hand quilted?

Do you know the pattern name of the hand pieced/quilted item you did?

Hand quilting is something I have always wanted to do---it looks so relaxing! I hand pieced a basic 9 square when I was 10 yrs old, but everything else I have ever quilt/pieced was done on machine.

I'll probably thumb through some quilting catalogs to see if something catches my eye, but until then, I thought it'd be fun to hear everyone's stories or thoughts of what they've done!

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Date: 1/18/13 11:23 AM

When I was very small, I helped my grandma with a twinsize coverlet. It was very basic, top was squares all the same size, bottom was one piece of cotton. No batting, just flannel in between. I helped her put ties in each corner of each square. I was soooo careful not to make any mistakes in case grandma got cross (she was very very particular about her sewing). To this day I am sure she went back after me and redid every tie of mine as they were not as 'perfect' as hers but I considered it a sacred honor to be helping her. I wish I had spent more time sewing with her on her immaculate antique treadle. She made all her own clothes and so many quilts I am sure even she lost count.

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Date: 1/18/13 2:16 PM

As a child I made my first stitches at 'Sewing Circle', the women's group that met once a month at my church.

When I was pregnant with my first child I pieced a quilt and we hand-quilted it. We, meaning we set it up at my grandmother's house and invited all the aunts in to help quilt it. That took about an hour, once we got it in the frame. Yikes!

Since then I've done a few tiny little quilts (the samples for 8" quilt kits that I developed for beginning stitchers who'd never sewn before, much less quilted. They were quite popular for a while...but I've only sold one of the 4 I had left in the last few years. (Sorry about the website mess; we're in the midst of upgrades and redesign. Ugh.)

I've tied multitudes of quilts (we call them comforters when they are tied) for giving away to various mission type projects. I love hand quilted quilts, but it's not something I care to spend much time doing, personally. (My mother-in-law hand-quilts every day...well, maybe not Sunday...and we're the recipient of several of those quilts, so maybe I'm spoiled?)
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Date: 1/19/13 11:43 AM

Mine was a Christmas tree skirt. I thought it was a good choice as the project wasn't too big and it wasn't too close to anyone (you really couldn't see any mistakes or stitches that were a bit large!)

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Date: 1/19/13 12:26 PM

My first hand-quilted quilt was the one I made in my Beginner Quilting class. It was a six-block sampler, finished in crib size. The teacher planned it that way so we could actually finish something. I had mine finished by the last class, which was a wonderful way to encourage me to continue with quilting. There is minimal quilting on the quilt, and I am still quite proud of it.

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Date: 1/19/13 1:13 PM

I also did hand quilting in our church's sewing circle as a young adult. Most relaxing. No batting, just cotton layers. I'm thinking that's part of the success and will go quicker. I do get bored. I thought about hand quilting again with cotton top and flannel back- at least a lap or crib robe. Would be something to do in evenings.

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Date: 1/19/13 2:46 PM

When I first started sewing way back when, I think I was 19 or 20? I took a class that was hand quilting. I was the youngest in the class by about 30 years.

I have no idea what they called the pattern but it was a rail fence with a solid in between. It was supposed to be a crib size, but I wanted it for my son so I made it bigger.

Everything was hand sewn. The most I remember from that class was thinking that the sewing machine was the GREATEST INVENTION EVER!! I was so sick and tired of hand sewing by the end of that class, I put the quilt away and never touched it again! I only had 3 sides of the binding left to sew down! They had us trim the back and wrap it to the front to make the binding.

I JUST found that quilt, 23 years later, while cleaning out a closet. It had some really hideous nasty brown stains on it. I FINISHED it, and used lemon juice and sunshine and the stains came out. My son is a BIT too old for it now, so my grandson is using it.

I quilted teddy bears in the plain squares. It really is cute, but nothing lines up.


Second hand quilted project was pieced on the machine, but hand quilted. It was Flannel top and back and bamboo sweatshirt fleece in the middle.

these tiny little MJ's took me six days to quilt!


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Date: 1/19/13 3:49 PM

I started hand quilting as a teenager when I went to my aunt's house and she had a quilting frame set up in her living room. Took to it like a duckling to water. I made and quilted my own first quilt within a year, and have probably hand quilted at least a dozen bed sized quilts since. I often log the hours I spend quilting the big ones, and 400+ hours is not unusual.

My aunt always told me that it was cheating to use a sewing machine when quilt making, but I got over that. I won't live long enough to hand quilt every one I have in progress, or in the concept stage, but I usually always have at least one hand quilted UFO around at any given moment. Currently its an Ocean Waves that I started as a guild project about 12 or so years ago, when I actually was in a guild. It's about 80% finished, and I pull it out every few weeks when I need a portable handwork project.

I machine quilt more than hand quilt these days, but they just aren't the same. I consider each totally appropriate in specific situations, but never substitutes for the other.

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Date: 1/22/13 10:48 AM

Oh thank you everyone for sharing your stories! They are all so fun to read!

fcsltd, I like the idea of using flannel for batting! That is so neat you got to quilt with your grandmother!

goodworks1, I love your story about the quilt that everyone quilted on for your first child!

marymary86, the tree skirt is s good idea! I think it was very smart how you picked that project out---if I start now, I may finish it by next Christmas! And I do think that is a good idea to practice on!

Doris W. in TN, that does sound so encouraging to be able to take a class and have a finished product by the end of it! I am so glad to hear how proud of it you are!

SandiMacD, I like this idea of cotton for the batting---sounds like I could sew through that for batting! I too am thinking of using this hand quilting project for the evening, to wind down.

Thank you Cat n Bull for sharing your photos of your hand quilting!! They look terrific!! Great job!! Love love the teddy bears! and the letters "M J" are SO cute!!!! I never knew letters could be so cute! lol!

Jennifer Hill, I am so amazed at the hours hand quilting--that is so inspiring for me! I too agree that each quilting technique has it's place and things to gain from both!

While visiting another town this past weekend, I went to their quilting shop and there was a class going on in one of the rooms---and the class was about hand quilting! I tried to eavesdrop to listen what they were talking about---but there wasn't too much talking at the point they were in the class---but I did see that everyone was practicing hand quilting on a sandwich of muslin + batting + muslin. They all were just hand quilting straight lines on this sandwich.

I thought that was a good idea so maybe I'll dabble in making my own muslin sandwich and practicing just the quilting part for now. (I also need to practice FMQ on the machine with a muslin sandwich too!)

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Date: 1/22/13 1:39 PM

Mine is in progress, I hope to complete it by next winter. I used cotton batting, so it's thinner to quilt through. I had waffled on sending it out to be machine done. No way was I going to try it on my sewing machine, not enough space. The other quilt I have in progress, I'm planning on thinking ahead so I can do it by machine in sections.

I went to a quilt exhibition at Figge Art Museum (20-some quilts from the National Folk Art Museum), not all those quilts were tiny perfect stitches. One from the 70s had very uneven big stitches. It's given me the courage to hand quilt, and just concentrate on doing the best I can. I'll pull the needle back out and try again if the stitches are too big or uneven, but once I pull the thread through, it's staying. I can already see a difference from my first work.

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