Saturday, March 17, 2012

saturday.

This is my VIEW today!
Lots and lots of lines on squares!!!
Queen sized!!!
It took me a while to get up the NERVE to even baste this one!!!

I'm huffing and puffing along over here today!!
My husband heard my groaning and said...
"Is that why people have LONG armers quilt for them??""
Why yes! I think that's why!!
:0

What about you??
Do you huff and puff on your own quilt??
OR.....
Do you pay someone else to do that part???

Cast YOUR VOTE!
(over on the sidebar)
We'll soon find out what MOST people do!
;)

31 comments:

  1. I'm one of the lucky ones to own a long arm. That way I can do my own quilts on it, in between doing them for other people. Best of both worlds.

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  2. I get into a complete sweat with mine, it's exhausting, I only have a wee brother sewing machine and the last quilt I made was 120" by 120" and the current one I'm making is 90" X 118" I have to remove the dining room furniture to baste it and quilting it involved a lot of huffing and puffing!

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  3. I've mostly had a long arm quilter do my large quilts but I just finished huffing and puffing to sandwich and mark my king size Single Girl quilt and now I plan on huffing and puffing to hand quilt it! YIKES!
    Good luck with yours.

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  4. You need a third category -- own a mid or long arm. I have an HQ16

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  5. I'm 50/50. Sometimes I huff and puff and sometimes I quilt by check. I do like to do the quilting myself if it's not too, too big.

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  6. Great idea LizA...but Blogger won't let me change the poll now that it's already begun. :(

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  7. The last two years I've quilted my own. Mainly twin size, maybe a double or two. Prior to retirement I would send them out. Now...I do have a couple that, when I feel like spending the money, I'm going to send out....they are bigger than a double!

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  8. I do some little ones myself......but I don't wrestle those big quilts through....I have such a talented longarm quilter that I trust her so make my quilts look even better with her beautiful quilting. Debby Brown....she is amazing.

    Happy Sewing

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  9. In today's economy ~ your kidding right? But really, after I make a quilt it's my baby...I really don't want someone else finishing it..I don't get to many quilted that way, because I usually hand quilt..but when I am finshed it's all mine.

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  10. As I was huffing and puffing on my first quilt a little over a year ago, my husband asked why I wasn't paying to have it quilted by someone with "the right kind of machine." I replied that I was too frugal and stubborn to do that. Within one month, he bought me a Little Gracie frame and a Juki to go with it. It is not a long arm, but it really does the trick for me. It also met with my frugal nature since he got both on sale. I still do small pieces on my Bernina, but the bigger quilts get to play with the Juki on the frame.

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  11. I know what you mean about wrestling with a quilt! My lightweight machine gets shoved around, even pushed over sometimes! On my last twin-size quilt, I did a modified Quilt-As-You-Go, using a full-size backing and attaching the batting and quilt top in three sections.
    (I explain it here: http://lindaschirp.blogspot.com/2012/02/whos-afraid-of-big-pink-quilt.html)
    I missed seeing the quilt top completed first, but wow, it sure made quilting that baby a lot easier!

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  12. i could sometimes use a long armer to complete a few for me. but i mostly just do it myself.

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  13. I hiff & puff. I feel like its not "my" wuilt if someone else.quilts it.

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  14. I do my own. I have more than one domestic sewing machines. I mostly quilt with one. I take frequent breaks, get up often, take a few steps ... don't sit for long. It's takes a long time to quilt this way, but it's less tiring and not as stressful.

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  15. I quilt my own. I usually only do a line through the squares like you are doing - I don't have much luck making the X. Just like Sheila, my NC Friend, I get up and do something else for a while. I usually don't have a deadline, so that's a way to releave the pressure.
    Hugs!

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  16. I love the huffing and puffing part :) Wouldn't let someone else do it if they paid me!!! LOL

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  17. I love the quilting part, except for those BIG ones; then they go to one of the long-arm quilters in our guild.

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  18. I huff and puff on my quilts. I like doing everything on my quilts. Well, except cutting out. That I could do without. But since it is the first step it has to happen.

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  19. I do both, depending on the end use of the quilt.

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  20. i huffed and i puffed with my first couple of quilts.....
    but my shoulders were screaming at me, so.....
    i bought a second juki and a B-Line quilting frame.....(which happens to be made 1/2 hour away)
    ahhhhhhhh....say my shoulders.....
    ...worth EVERY penny....

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  21. I can tackle small stuff and mostly lots of straight line quilting. My sweet sister does my long arming for me -- she is wonderful!

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  22. I've only ever done a baby quilt and I hand quilted it.
    It took me forever - never again!
    I love your scrap quilt and am wondering what size those squares are.
    Margaret

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  23. Here's something to think about...I have that same Juki machine set up on a Grace Quilting Frame in my basement. The frames are reasonably priced, so if you have the room for one, you could quilt most of your quilts yourself with ease and much faster. I still send out some of my larger quilts, or ones that I want to have some special quilting done on. I'm excited to see your postage stamp quilt finished. Those straight lines look easy, but they are certainly time consuming I know. Keep going, Beth!

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  24. I quilt all of mine on a domestic machine, my trusty Bernina 440 QE. I make all sizes from baby to king. I don't huff and puff, but my back and shoulders ache. I recently discovered the quilting gloves and these have lessened or eliminated the aches. If I had the money, I'd also have a Sweet 16 just for the increased table space. I love my quilts!

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  25. If I'm going to do all of the work to make the quilt top, I'm going to do all of the work to quilt it!

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  26. I usually make big quilts. They go to a long arm quilter. I much prefer to hand quilt my smaller projects. I find I cannot visualize the quilting when I try using a machine - focusing on what is happening under the presser foot is too narrow a view for me. It causes too much tension in my neck, too. Hand quilting is relaxing.

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  27. Wow, the different preferences are amazing. I really love making quilt tops. The quilting for me is a necessary evil to the finished product. I do straight line machine quilting on most of my quilts under twin size. Every thing bigger either gets sent out or folded up and put in a drawer.

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  28. Wow, that is going to be one beautiful quilt! I love all the scraps!! I've always quilted my own quilts on my regular sewing machine. I also do a little bit of hand quilting, especially on smaller projects.

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  29. I wanted to caste my vote, but I needed to check both boxes. i do a little of both. I moan all the way through the larger ones so i often send them out and do the smaller ones.

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  30. I can't afford to send my quilts out, but even if I could I wouldn't I love the whole quilting process!

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  31. I can't afford to send my quilts out, but even if I could I wouldn't I love the whole quilting process!

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