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Mary789 posted on Wed, Apr 17 2013 11:01 AM

After the quilt sandwich is basted, I am familiar with the steps for machine quilting.  But is it the same for hand quilting?  Are the vertical seams done first and then the cross seams?  Are the blocks done next, and last the borders? 

I have a lap size top that I have pieced and want to quilt this one by hand.  Thanks for any helpful advice :-)

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tnmtgrl replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 11:43 AM

start in the middle and work out with a lap frame...have fun!

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I'm not familiar with long arm quilting but do my quiting on my domestic machine I start from the center and quilt out. I've done one by hand and did it the same way. I hope that helps.

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Mary789 replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 12:20 PM

Jen, so working from the center out means the whole center block, then it's surrounding blocks and then outward from there?  So there is no ditch quilting the long seams first?

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exactly...starting from the center working out keeps everything more even..you won't have any problems with rippling in the middle and all sides will align much better

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Flo replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 4:19 PM

I always work center out.  Although I am piecing an Irish Triple Chain and it was suggested to my by by local quilt guild that I baste diagonal rows on this particular quilt pattern because of the millions (it only seems like it) of 2 inch squares mixed with the larger pieces.

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Kris replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 6:50 PM

If your quilt is properly basted it shouldn't matter where you start.

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I agree with Kris.  However, I would add that if you start with the border work in the same direction for the entire quilt.  In other words, if you start in the right hand corner, work to the left; then go back to the right side of the quilt and work to the left again, etc.  Also, when you are quilting straight lines quilt in the same direction.  If you go back and forth, you may get ripples.  As far as seam quilting, I stitch in the ditch in the seams but I do this as I quilt the rest of the quilt.  It seems to stabilize the quilt whilte I'm doing more extensive stitching within  the blocks.

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Thanks for everyone's directions.  This is very helpful information, and I am glad that I asked before beginning :-)  It will take a while to complete, but sometimes I enjoy working on a slower project on the side.   I like the feel, the look, and the process of the hand quilting.

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Nana replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 4:15 PM

Mary

I always start in the center and work my way outward.   This gives you the advantage of working any "extra" backing fabric toward the edges as you go.   I know that even though I pin baste mine thoroughly sometimes I have a wrinkle develop.  I can smooth any wrinkles out toward the edges as I quilt if I start in the center.

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