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From: daff55odil
Date: 05-27-2006, 04:06 PM (1 of 3)
I am going to have a go at quilting, do i need anthing special or can i do it all by hand while i`m sitting on my swing seat with a G&T :up: After i`ve cut the pattern out of course.
User: daff55odil
Member since: 05-15-2006
Total posts: 18
From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-28-2006, 01:37 PM (2 of 3)
daff55odil...yes there are quilts that can be done totally by hand. One is a grandmother's flower garden. It is done with hexagons in various sizes. They are whipped stitched together. There are different methods to do them but I am working on one (very slowly :wink: ) and using the English paper piecing method. Here is a site that gives instructions and has different shapes and patterns.

English Paper Piecing (

Applique is another method that is usually done by hand. You cut out shapes and then hand applique to squares to make a design. There are various methods that can be used. Here is a page that gives some instructions.

Maybe others will be along with other suggestions. Good luck and if you need more help...just come back and post your questions.
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User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: Patty22
Date: 05-28-2006, 04:19 PM (3 of 3)
Are you thinking of piecing a quilt together by hand, or hand quilting a project? Piecing and quilting can both be done by hand or machine. Judy gave some great suggestions for hand piecing some tops together.... Don't forget cathedral windows and yo-yo's. Any pattern can be hand pieced, it will just take a great deal more time.

Large quilts can also be hand pieced and hand quilted in smaller sections and then joined together when finished - this is called Lap Quilting and Georgia Bonestell wrote some books on this method - very portable projects.

If you're a bit more specific, I'm sure we can help you along......
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
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