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« on: April 13, 2010 04:47:00 PM »

Hey y'all! Does anyone have any websites that have tips for hand quilting? I have looking to start and make a  quilt for my boyfriend's birthday in August. I've done machine quilting before and loved it, but wanted to try my -  ahem- hands at hand quilting.

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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2010 11:13:05 PM »

Hello there,
try this discussionhttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337606.0

Personally, I taught myself to quilt using this book from the library:

It is really just a running stitch. I traced my pattern off a template from Spotlight. Put the quilt in a hoop and off I went!
It is addictive though, look out!

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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2010 06:36:30 AM »

First of all, relax, there is no bad quilting.  Everything improves with practice and no matter how you start when you look back on it you will find something you could have done better.  That is what quilting is all about from the piecing, sewing and quilting.  It is a growing experience.  I'm sure you know what you want it to look like, so just jump in.  Everyones sitiching looks different.  My quilting stitch is much different from my 92 year old Mothers, but love is in each stitch.
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2010 07:18:08 AM »

Don't worry about making your stitches tiny.  Anyone who brags about that is a snob.  The love as described above is what is important.  I do recommend that you make something small first--a lap quilt, perhaps.  Just in your first project, your stitches will change dramatically and you don't want to be staring at those (obvious only to you) reminders of the very beginning on that gift for the rest of your life together. 

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2010 07:35:44 AM »

Arizona,  You have perfectly summed up the best advice I was ever given on my first quilt.  Finish, learn, move on!

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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2010 02:28:45 PM »

Hand quilting is awesome - so relaxing and almost meditative. I agree with previous posters - just start and enjoy yourself and the process. The love put into the quilt will shine even if your stitches aren't microscopic. In fact, I prefer quilts that are a bit more "rustic" when they're hand-quilted.

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2010 10:26:46 AM »

Go for it! Just make sure you have a good thimble- I made my own out of an old leather glove and some paper stock. What matters is that you protect your fingers but retain the maneuverability you need.
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2010 09:51:00 AM »


I started one, so I hope it helps you some (:

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