As you can see, I have a hoop or two (or 5)
Round, oval, square, big and little....I've got them all!
9 x 21 oval
22" round free standing
14" round, heavy duty
The newbie, as of yesterday, 11" square q-snap
If I did traditional one hand on top, one hand underneath quilting, the free standing hoop would be great. That is how I used to quilt, but I have since taken to machine quilting......that was about 13 years ago. (yes, I've had the hoops for a LONG time lol)
The oval and the 23er are just too awkward for how I quilt. Small hands, short arms, just not for me.
I will be keeping the 14" hoop because that is what I do 90% of my quilting with and it's portable.
I will keep the q-snap because of it's shape and the way I can do the edges with it
My next hoop will be something like this:
I really need something for the borders and edges
I know I can make some kind of jig to add to the 14" round, but this is so much easier, no?
And if I decide I am going to hand quilt a LOT, I'm going for one of these babies:
Do you hoop? Do you hand quilt? Do you machine quilt? Do you send it out to a pro?
I do both hand and machine, sometimes both on the same quilt.
Would love to send it out to someone I trust, especially the big quilts.
ps......I will be getting rid of three hoops asap....if you live in Contra Costa County and want to pick one or all of them up, let me know. If not, I am donating them to my local quilt guild.
Orrrrrr, I just might use one as a frame for some large scale embroidery...HHmmmmmmm, that thought just occurred to me....but the free standing hoop has got to go fer sure.