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Author Topic: Reccomendations Please  (Read 770 times)

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Reccomendations Please
« on: September 15, 2016, 11:15:27 PM »
IHave been trying to teach myself to hand quilt so I would have something to do while at the drs, in the hospital or just laying in bed recuperating but IHave failed miserably.  IHave a book on hand quilting I just don't think my brain is comprehending something because my back looks nothing like my front no matter what I do.  Does anyone know of either a simple hand quilting basics book or perhaps a video that's not overly long..something anything that could possibly help me?
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Re: Reccomendations Please
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2016, 06:44:04 AM »
Have checked www.youtube.com? 

You do a search on hand quilting demo and see tons of videos.   You can always slide the video forward to speed it up or slide it back if you want to re-see another portion again.
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Re: Reccomendations Please
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2016, 08:26:46 AM »
Craftsy has a couple of free mini lessons. This one is by Sarah Fielke
http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/01/how-to-hand-quilt/

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Re: Reccomendations Please
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2016, 08:37:02 AM »
Make sure you have a between needle, a size 10 is good for a beginner as it is sturdier.  The higher the number the smaller the needle.  I use an 11 most of the time. I have 12's but they seem to break easy.I also like the Roxanne needles....a tube of 50 is around $8-9.  I though for years I was doing it wrong myself, took a class, and found out I was doing it right!  So maybe you are just being to hard on yourself?

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Re: Reccomendations Please
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2016, 09:27:57 AM »
The back really isn't meant to look like the front. Stop fussing at yourself and enjoy the process.
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Re: Reccomendations Please
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2016, 01:42:36 AM »
Thanks everyone.  If I hadv't pulled the stitches like four thousand times Id post a picture of it....I'll give the craftsy and youtube a try/
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Re: Reccomendations Please
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2016, 06:53:11 AM »
When I 1st started hand quilting I bought some Tiger Tape size 9.  That's 9 stitches per inch.  I'd put it on a sandwich and go up and down at the marks and I then got a rhythm going.

https://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Tape-evenly-stitches-lines/dp/B001E5XPE8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474109552&sr=8-1&keywords=tiger+tape

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Re: Reccomendations Please
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2016, 08:57:44 AM »
Tiger tape is what I used at first, too. Some people take a pen and mark dots on their index finger as a guide to keep them even.   Eventually you build up a muscle memory, and stitches become more even.  I have always  loved the story hand stitching adds - from tired longer stitches to tiny ones when that third cup of coffee kicks in. 

Handwork also allows adjustments to be made along the way for those of us who are not perfectionists. 

Oh, and tiger tape comes in various sizes, so you should be able to find one that works better for you than the others.  You can re-use a strip until it won't stick anymore, so a roll goes a long ways.

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Re: Reccomendations Please
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2016, 09:04:09 PM »
I just had to laugh Moonpi, mine have lots of long tired stitches.... andlittle patches of smaller ones.
I don't get hung up over getting the stitch perfect.  The overall effect is what matters, and hand stitching always looks good  :)

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Re: Reccomendations Please
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2016, 10:55:22 PM »
My front stitches look fine, but my back ones look like tiny pokies.  I decided it didn't matter.  It holds the quilts together and no one but me really cared.  Don't sweat it, enjoy the process.

 

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