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From: JayMac
Date: 01-03-2006, 07:17 AM (1 of 5)
Hi Everybody,

I wanted to ask a really simple question - hope you all can help!

Do you really have to have a sewing machine to start quilting? I know that it would probably make it a whole lot easier but I haven't got one at the minute!!

Any advice greatly appreciated!

User: JayMac
Member since: 01-03-2006
Total posts: 1
From: SummersEchos
Date: 01-03-2006, 08:04 AM (2 of 5)
Hi JayMac,
Welcome to Sew Whats New. You can make a quilt without a sewing machine. People find it relaxing to sit and hand sew a quilt. So I say if that is what you want to do go for it. Let us know how it comes along.

User: SummersEchos
Member since: 09-29-2004
Total posts: 884
From: pretnichols
Date: 01-03-2006, 08:55 AM (3 of 5)
Hi JayMac, and welcome! My first quilt was all done by hand....stitched & quilted. I have it hanging on the wall although the colors are not very current with my decor, since I made it about 15 years ago.

Good luck and have fun!


So little time, sew much to do...........
User: pretnichols
Member since: 10-16-2005
Total posts: 342
From: MaryW
Date: 01-03-2006, 11:14 AM (4 of 5)
Hi JayMac and welcome to Sew Whats New. Many famous quilters quilt totally by hand. Jinny Beyer is one. Candy Goff is another.
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: HeyJudee
Date: 01-03-2006, 06:54 PM (5 of 5)
Hi JayMac, welcome to SWN. I am working on hand piecing a grandmother's flower garden quilt while I watch TV. I'm doing it by the English paper piecing method using freezer paper. The flowers are made by sewing hexagons together. You can use the same method to do quilts from triangles, diamonds, tumbling blocks, etc. Here is a really good site for info on how to do English Paper Piecing. (It also has info on how to Applique)
English Paper Piecing ( PaperPiecing%2Findex-PP.htm)

As Mary said lots of people make quilts by hand. They do patchwork quilts by hand piecing and they do applique quilts by hand. Here is a tutorial on how to do hand piecing and there is one for applique.
Tutorial - Hand Piecing and Applique (

Hope this helps and good luck
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
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