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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Quilting in a hoop

Not every hand quilter has the luxury of quilting on a large floor-standing frame.  I have one, but since we “downsized” our house, there’s nowhere to put it.   So I quilt on a hoop. Quilting on a hoop actually has a lot of benefits, the major one being that you can turn the hoop to quilt at an angle that is comfortable, rather than stretching, contorting and pulling muscles until they ache.

But quilting on a hoop has a major downfall in my home.  I can never seem to keep the tension on the quilt at the right level.  This is particularly a problem when I set the hoop down and walk away to make dinner.  Specifically, to make spaghetti.

Whenever I do that, the quilt gets a big lump in the center, and then pops out of the wooden frame.

Like this:


And this.


If you have a method of solving this problem, I’d be happy to hear it.


  1. Strange thing is, I have the same with quilting in my frame. When my daylight lamp is on, and a chair is next to the frame, one way or another a lump is getting visible under the lamp after I went away. It's not only a hoop thing. When you found a solution, inform me!;-)

  2. I have the big floor frame to quilt in, but quilting in a hoop does have its benefits too and it's more portable. I do like the floor frame for the tension as you said and I'm like you as it's difficult to have set up anywher in the house. That's why mine is in the basement! I'm planning on bringing it upstairs though and I'll just have to shove some furniture out of the way.

  3. I've got two lump problems too. They do enjoy the tent that is made with the hoop while I quilt especially when it's cold outside though.

  4. Hahahahahahah!!! The funny thing is that you think there is a solution! Too funny :) I've been living with this exact problem for years....and there is no solution, dear. You just have to live with it. Enjoy!


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