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Author Topic: Hand Quilting designs  (Read 2009 times)

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Hand Quilting designs
« on: November 07, 2014, 05:27:47 PM »
HI all,
As a newbie to all this I am starting from scratch with everything and I have now reached the point where I am looking for designs to hand quilt on stuff....cushion covers, pillow slips/shams and eventually the quilt I am making.
Where do you get your designs? Do you buy plastic templates or paper patterns? Or do you design them yourself with paper & pencil, or using a computer graphics program ..or??
Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Many thanks
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Terry

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Re: Hand Quilting designs
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2014, 06:12:13 PM »
I sometimes use plastic templates and sometimes I make up what I want to stitch on the quilt. I have taken designs from magazines and transfered them by tracing the design on bridal tulle, a very fine netting fabric and then putting the design in an embroidery hoop. The hoop holds it stable enough that I can lay it on the quilt and trace the design thru the tulle using a marking pen. Sometimes i use tissue paper and stitch thru the paper and tear it away when I am done. There are many ideas on how to come up with designs.  You will find the ones that work the best for you.

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Re: Hand Quilting designs
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2014, 11:09:33 AM »
Definitely google and find all kinds of options. Of course you'll get ideas here too.
I used to use only what I "doodle" and now I have  collection of templates and have bought books with hand quilting designs you can copy onto tissue paper and sew thru.
And be spontaneous and as you sew, make it up as you go......
Develop your own special technique.......

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Re: Hand Quilting designs
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2014, 09:54:55 AM »
Many thanks for the replies ladies :)

I bought a "feather wreath" template and it's ugly LOL. I think I need to do some more "Googling" for designs and then learn how to transfer them, I will try the tulle idea too, thanks Mary! I happen to have some tulle as I had planned to make a table cover to keep bugs out of the food when BBQing outdoors (never did finish it lol)

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Re: Hand Quilting designs
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2014, 10:04:22 AM »
Do you have a public library reasonably close by? If they don't have books on hand quilting they may be able to get them through inter-library loans. I really like to look before I buy as there is so much junk out there. There is also continuous line quilting that would work with the tissue paper idea.
   www.craftsy.com has a hand quilting video series - it is on sale now but you could keep checking to see if it goes down more in price.

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Re: Hand Quilting designs
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014, 01:48:45 PM »
Keepsake Quilting carries a supply of plastic templates. I got a lot of mine from there over the years.
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Re: Hand Quilting designs
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2014, 11:40:55 AM »
The Stencil Co at. Www.quiltingstencils.com as 100's of stencils and does mail order.  Their catalog is on line.  Quilting Creations International also has extensive catalog on line.  Many available on eBay but prices usually higher than the sources above. 

A note.  They are stencils and not templates.  The terms can be confusing  as templates are used for drawing quilt quilt pieces to cut while stencils are for marking the quilting design.

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Re: Hand Quilting designs
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2014, 09:40:28 AM »
Best book EVER on hand quilting (IMHO)  She gives loads of advice on where to find patterns, how to draft your own and several patterns in the book as well as exercises and countless beautiful photos of antique and contemporary quilts.

http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Quilter-Barbara-Chainey/dp/0715305697/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415801719&sr=1-1&keywords=the+essential+quilter

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Re: Hand Quilting designs
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2014, 10:22:04 AM »
More great replies! Thank you all.
I have looked at the Stencil Co. Awesome stencils there (my poor budget lol) Thanks for the link Holice.
Shyleigh, no public libraries for miles, so that is not an option unfortunately.
Feline Fanatic, many thanks for the recommendation for that book. I have added it (and a few others!) to my Amazon wishlist.
Squirrelfood, Lovely stuff at Keepsake, thanks for pointing me in that direction :)

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Re: Hand Quilting designs
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2014, 08:11:09 AM »
I use the site Holice mentioned. I ordered from them and got the wonderful catalog.
They are my first, go to......
Now I will check the library too....I go there enough.

 

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