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Saturday, January 28, 2012

In My Hoop…..

By Karen

I have several projects going right now, in my small hoop I am hand quilting a sampler quilt.  I have 20 Farmers Wife’s blocks that I made.  I didn’t want to make anymore as I tired with the blocks for some reason and I’m not interested in making this quilt any larger!  I use a 14 inch hoop or my large 3 roller floor frame – as the frame is occupied with a different quilt – the Farmers Wife is in the hoop.

I am using a simple stencil for the white blocks in this quilt and the other blocks will be outline quilted I do believe.  I am using a golden brown YLI thread for the quilting.  As you can see I do not take tiny, tiny stitches as some of you do.  I am not concerned with trying for 10, 12 or even more stitches to the inch.  I rarely ever count my stitches – when I do I know that I have a consistent 8 to 10 stitches per inch and that satisfies me.    I do not enter my quilts into show – I make them for me and for my enjoyment – a release of my creative spirit!

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On the floor while I was pin basting it.

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If you are new to hand quilting I urge you not to be concerned about how many stitches per inch you can do but to be aware of being consistent – whether that is 6 stitches per inch or more – consistency is what makes it look good.  And most of all enjoy what you are doing or it isn’t worth the time you put into it.

10 comments:

  1. It is lovely - and it looks like a good size lap quilt :-)
    For some reason, I did tire from making these - I might just do some variant of your idea.

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  2. Lovely, Karen. Your hand quilting is just wonderful too!

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  3. Thanks for your encouragement on the size of your stitches.

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  4. Karen, your quilting is always beautiful. No need to count!

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  5. Oh, it is so good to meet somebody else who is not obsessed with number of stitches! I feel like you, I make quilts for my own pleasure and because I enjoy it :)

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  6. I have been known to count stitches but I've finally decided to stop. It's a waste of time. Keeping them even is the ticket. I love your work!

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  7. thanks everyone - enjoy the stitching is the ticket!

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  8. Your quilt looks great! And indeed, consistency is what's needed. If you do a consistent 6 stitches on an inch or then 10, then 14, I would go for the consistent 6 inches. That's your stitch. And when your stitch is 12 stitches on an inch, then that's it. It should be fun!

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  9. Karen, love your attitude about quilting. I agree it should be fun and a way to release your creativity!

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  10. Having fun is most important:o) Lovely quilt.

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