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  1. #21
    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Sending Out a Quilt Top to be Finished or DIY?

    I hand quilt all mine and have never sent one out. I dislike piecing and sometimes I wish I could send that part out!!

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Sending Out a Quilt Top to be Finished or DIY?

    I do it myself on my Elna. It has 11" to the right of the needle and I can quilt queen size quilts easily.
    I do not FMQ, just walking foot.

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    Default Re: Sending Out a Quilt Top to be Finished or DIY?

    Early in my quilting journey, I realized how expensive it was going to be to send out my quilts to a LAer. So I read several books, took FMQ classes (in person & on line), watched YT videos, & learned to quilt it myself. A few yrs. ago I purchased a Baby Lock Tiara II table LA, which I've put to good use. I still send out large quilts, which are very few. Most of the quilts I make are crib size or a large lap size. These are manageable. I've had problems this year with carpal tunnel, so my quilting was on hold for a while. Once the cold weather comes, I hope to have more time for piecing & quilting. My least favorite part of the process is hand sewing on the label.

    I follow several blogs in order to see how others quilt their quilts. I've gotten a lot of ideas from Kathy Schwartz (Tamarack Shack) and Tracey Russell's videos on YT.
    Last edited by JCY; October 21st, 2019 at 07:19 PM.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Sending Out a Quilt Top to be Finished or DIY?

    My first quilts (blankets would be a better term) were pieced from scraps of garment fabrics and filled with holey blankets and tied. Then, I made a pattern quilt from left overs and hand quilted it. Then I hand pieced a grandmothers flower garden and hand quilted it. Then, I got a big hand quilting frame and made several quilts with simple patterns and hand quilted them. The last quilt I hand quilted was a hunters star and I gave it as a wedding gift. About that time, I discovered Jenny and became fascinated with precuts. Dreamed of sending a quilt to be quilted. Checked out the cost...not in my budget.
    Then, I discovered the need for the Shriner children and I started sewing like a mad woman and I knew I couldn't hand quilt them so I watched videos on FMQ. That was 4 years ago. Those of you who have watched my pride going crazy see that I really had low expectations but high motivation. I practiced on those donation quilts. I have made or finished over 500 quilts in these past 4 years. I have worn out 3 brand new Husqvarna machines. I have a one year old topaz 50 that I just got back from the shop from a cleaning and will try my best to make it last. I have tried embroidering the quilting, fmq, hand quilting and tying.
    I no longer have dreams of sending out my quilts to a LA because I am so proud that I am able to make something start to finish and I am proud that the quality of my work seems to get somewhat better each time.
    Sure, I'd be thrilled to produce a perfect quilt...but it isn't important to me to have someone believe that I did it when I didn't.
    I look at commercially for sale quilts (usually imported) and think they are pretty. Do I want to own one ? No.
    I just got back from renting a beach house. The beds all had quilts on them and there was a wall hanging quilted piece on the wall and some matching pillows. They were pretty. They looked nice. But....I would have thought they were grand had the owner made them and shared them with the house. They were obviously designer imports from fabrics that didn't have the wonderful feel of moda or Michael miller or Robert Kaufman fabrics. How lucky we as quilters are, to have these wonderful products to work with.
    BTW, on the way to the beach, the cotton was being picked and some was blown onto the side of the road. I made DH stop and get me some. I petted it. I prayed that the farmer was making a good living.

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    Default Re: Sending Out a Quilt Top to be Finished or DIY?

    I guess I am the opposite of most, a hate the piecing process, but love bringing the layers to life by hand. I suppose some might call this a glutton for punishment. All those hours make me appreciate the process more.

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