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 Did you ever have a night when your hand quilting STINKS? by Pawstoquilt

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PostSubject: Did you ever have a night when your hand quilting STINKS? by Pawstoquilt   Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:35 pm

Title: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Pawstoquilt on November 29, 2007, 08:49:06 PM
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Well..........it's one of those night!!! My hand quilting STINKS :santa_embarrassed:!
My hands and my brain just aren't co-operating. Stitches aren't even and straight--nothing
looks or feels "right" :santa_cheesy:. So--I said to myself--"Self--put it down and leave it for tonight".
OMG...........is it just me????????????


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: golo on November 29, 2007, 08:50:27 PM
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Had it... didn't like it... still haven't picked it back up.... uuuummmmm how many months has it been!!! :santa_embarrassed:


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: BearFoot on November 29, 2007, 08:55:24 PM
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Quote from: Pawstoquilt on November 29, 2007, 08:49:06 PM
Well..........it's one of those night!!! My hand quilting STINKS :santa_embarrassed:!
My hands and my brain just aren't co-operating. Stitches aren't even and straight--nothing
looks or feels "right" :santa_cheesy:. So--I said to myself--"Self--put it down and leave it for tonight".
OMG...........is it just me????????????
I tried hand quilting once...never tried it again. Couldn't get the hang of it at all, so I am sure that yours is probably terrific especially after just taking a look at your album!


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Pawstoquilt on November 29, 2007, 09:11:08 PM
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I really love to hand quilt. I am the first to admit<<<<I am not a professionsl--or even close>>>>. Tonight it's not even acceptable!! Maybe it's just one of those nights!!! I hate to be defeated by a darn needle!!!


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: BearFoot on November 29, 2007, 09:16:03 PM
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Quote from: Pawstoquilt on November 29, 2007, 09:11:08 PM
II hate to be defeated by a darn needle!!!
I think you are suppose to use quilting needles instead of darning needles. :santa_tongue: :santa_grin:


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Pawstoquilt on November 29, 2007, 09:22:04 PM
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OH Barbara--you are "sharp" tonight--guess I am not supposed to use "sharps" either :santa_undecided: .


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: sewnsew on November 29, 2007, 10:54:29 PM
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Paws, I had to re-read the subject!! I thought you said your quilting hand stunk....lol...you had me wondering for a moment. :santa_huh: To answer your question yes. Some nights the quilting goes smoothly and some nights it's better to lay it aside. Thanks for the giggle.


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Merry Bee on November 29, 2007, 11:34:50 PM
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PAWS, go to bed, if you are not already there! I am pulling a late nighter. I have been finishing up a top for a baby quilt and could not stop earlier, but should have. There are times that we need to go out and play and quit doing our homework. You can always walk the dog or something physical instead.


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: quiltermarynel on November 30, 2007, 12:19:47 AM
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I don't hand quilt, so the exact question doesn't fit me, but I have times when noting goes right. I have a rule: 3 mistakes in a short time or 1 serious mistake and I go read a book. There are times when I really really want to finish something but really should quit.


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Sue in MI on November 30, 2007, 10:05:53 PM
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Definitely! It doesn't take me long to realize when it's one of those times when I need to STOP and put it away for another day. Just like those times when I'm piecing a quilt and can't get the seams to match up even though I keep un-sewing and doing it over and over. It drives me crazy, it should be easy but sometimes it just won't work, arghhhh!

Sue in MI


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: betweens on January 01, 2008, 03:56:25 PM
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yes and that is when I go and applique this helps regulate my stitches.. even if you have a cross stitch pattern beside you if you take so some stitches your mind will catch on and then you can go back to quilting.. sometimes you have to retrain your body...

Deb


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Marian on January 10, 2008, 04:40:57 AM
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Yes, and I hate when that happens! I have pulled out many a stitch and it wasn't fun. Doesn't happen often, but I wish it didn't happen at all. Sometimes I don't realize how long I have been sitting and quilting until I start making mistkaes or my eyes are getting tired. I guess a few imperfections in a quilt is what makes the quilt!
Marian in Ohio



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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Pawstoquilt on January 10, 2008, 12:12:29 PM
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I am taking a "Hand Quilting" (beginners at that) next Wednesday. I have been hand quilting for a long time and have hand quilted several quilts, but have never had a class. Ummmm.....maybe it's time to go and learn to do it right. Anyway---what the heck can it hurt!!
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PostSubject: Re: Did you ever have a night when your hand quilting STINKS? by Pawstoquilt   Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:35 pm

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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Merry Bee on January 10, 2008, 01:10:07 PM
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It is fun to be in a class. Once I took remedial typing just so I could feel like I was at the top of the class for a change. That what you are angling for? ;D ;D ;D ;D


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Pawstoquilt on January 10, 2008, 01:26:47 PM
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Quote from: Merry Bee on January 10, 2008, 01:10:07 PM
That what you are angling for? ;D ;D ;D ;D



Better than utility stitching ??? ??? >:( :(. If there is only ONE in the class--I may be at the top too !!!!!!


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: finisher on January 10, 2008, 01:29:32 PM
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LOL Marian..you remove stitches too? If I make a stitch or two that fall crooked or uneven I take them out and redo. This usually happens when I'm watching TV at the same time I'm quilting and look up too often. ;) Once the quilt is done..nobody would probably notice those stitches..but we'd know they were there. It's good to know it's not just me that does it!

Paws..I think it would be fun to take a class. I've never had the opportunity. Maybe you will learn a trick or two? Or..teach a few? ;) Have fun!


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Merry Bee on January 10, 2008, 01:38:05 PM
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http://www.quilterscache.com/StartQuiltingPages/startquiltingfour.html I was browsing on the Quilter's Cache, and found this. I want to print it out and memorize it! ;D ;D


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Pawstoquilt on January 10, 2008, 01:51:28 PM
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Quote from: finisher on January 10, 2008, 01:29:32 PM

Paws..I think it would be fun to take a class. I've never had the opportunity. Maybe you will learn a trick or two? Or..teach a few? ;) Have fun!


Finisher--I have not taken classes either. So I am looking forward to it. She is going to also cover basting, batting, needles, thread, hoops, marking tools and thimbles along with basic quilting. It's a half day class.

I am also taking a hand applique class the end of the month. I am probably the only one on here that does not know how to do applique :'( :'( :'( .


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: finisher on January 10, 2008, 01:58:49 PM
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Thanks for posting that MerryBee. I use the freezer paper on top and that's kind of unusual. Most people like it on the underside..but if you have it on top it's easy to remove and reuse. Sometimes I fold the edge of the fabric under and use the edge of the freezer paper as a guide and baste the turn under right through the freezer paper. I did that for years before learning needle turn. There are so many ways to "skin a cat". ;)

Paws..I would like to take that class just to see what they teach. Especially when it comes to the marking of the quilting design, basting, and different battings. Let us know if you learn any real good tips! ;D


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: finisher on January 10, 2008, 02:01:32 PM
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Paws..I forgot to add.."you are probably the only one on here that doesn't know how do to applique"....YET. ;D


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Marian on January 10, 2008, 02:52:02 PM
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Finisher, it is nice to know someone else removes stitches as well! Your right, nobody else would notice, but it would bother me until I took them out, it's annoying that we're like that isn't it! Oh well, that's what makes us quilters I guess! Hey, we're happy quilters, that's what counts!
Marian in Ohio






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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Pawstoquilt on January 11, 2008, 02:41:52 PM
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Quote from: finisher on January 10, 2008, 02:01:32 PM
Paws..I forgot to add.."you are probably the only one on here that doesn't know how do to applique"....YET. ;D


UMMMMMMM.......Guess it's time I learned isn't it ??? ??? ???.


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: quiltermarynel on January 12, 2008, 10:34:17 AM
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Paws, only if YOU want to.


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Pawstoquilt on January 12, 2008, 10:55:35 AM
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Thanks Marynel--I know for sure I want to give it at try--and go from there.
Ya hate to be the only little girl in first grade who doesn't know how to jump rope!!!


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Merry Bee on January 12, 2008, 10:59:08 AM
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I am having a really hard time appliqueing the pointy point on a patch. I used to do this, but haven't hand appliqued in years. It seems that I get rusty fairly easily. That might turn out to be a different shape altogether by the time I am done.... ;D ;D ::)


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: quiltermarynel on January 12, 2008, 01:31:56 PM
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Merry Bee, Just remember to get clear to the point and lock it down, then clip, then use your needle or scissor tips to shove everything 'extra' underneath. You gotta really crack the whip sometimes.


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Merry Bee on January 12, 2008, 02:29:34 PM
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That is what I did, sorta. I followed the directions on that tutorial I posted, but wasn't sure what it meant when it said to clip off the extra...so I snipped a bit, they shoved it all under with the point of my needle. Then I quickly took a couple of stitches to keep it there. It looks good, but is a bit lumpy there. This block is for Leisa Rae, and some of it was done on the machine with satin stitch, but the butterfly was needle turned because I wanted it to be soft. I will try to take a picutre and post it here. I will take the picture anyway, even if I cannot figure out how to resize the picture and post it. Maybe DD will be here to help me soon. I am proud of how it turned out. I put some chenille detailing on the block.


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: quiltermarynel on January 12, 2008, 11:18:12 PM
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Sounds really nice.


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: tlcquiltnut on February 03, 2008, 12:39:43 PM
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I think I will reserect this thread, as last week had one of those stinky hand quilting experiences. :-[
I rarely take out stitches unless I go way off the line. If you look it from the back... looks staight...good for me. tlcquiltnut


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: quilton on February 13, 2008, 05:19:52 PM
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Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one that read it as does your quilting hand stink? I read too fast, I type too fast, I talk too fast, I walk too fast and I can't for the life of me hand quilt. I think I'm the reason that invented long arm quilting machines. Let my LA do it everytime its too much for me to handle. I took a class too. Didn't help a darn bit.


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Title: Re: Did you ever have a night that your hand quilting STINKS!!!!
Post by: Merry Bee on February 13, 2008, 07:03:35 PM
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I can hand quilt, but I don't like to do it. My hands are too tender, and I am cooking and cleaning a lot and refuse to wear rubber gloves. I don't like to machine quilt either for that matter. All I like to do is buy fabric and make blocks. And applique, and have quilts for gift giving.....
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