A Tribute to the Grace Hoop
Back in 1998 The Grace Company had a flash of genius and created the first ever square quilting hoop, the Grace Hoop2. Since then it has undergone a few changes, but always remained a very popular item for those who love to quilt, but don't have much room for a big quilting frame. It's also great for those who like to travel. I wanted to take a minute and tell about some of the reasons why I like the Grace Hoop2 so much.
First and foremost, it's a SQUARE!!!
Most quilts have four sides, now when they are in the Grace Hoop2, they can hang proper. The square shape of a quilt just fits better in a square hoop, also, You can achieve better tension when working with the sides and corners. The corners on the square hoop also have a little gap that keeps your quilt from getting wrinkled while it’s in the hoop.
There are two opposite corner tensions on the wood Grace Hoop2 so you can adjust the hoop for thicker or thinner fabric.
It's fully adjustable
The Grace Hoop2 can turn a full 360°, which is wonderful. Once you have quilted the easiest area for you to reach, just loosen the little knob and rotate the hoop to finish. You can also take the quilt out easily and give yourself a new spot to start quilting again.
It also TILTS to your comfort, and it’s HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE!!!
With the wonderful tilt and the height adjustable stand, you can make the hoop as comfortable enough to sit at and enjoy for hours.
The Grace Hoop2 stand has been designed so that it can be used with lots of different chairs, sofas, recliners etc.
The Grace Hoop2 has even been used in nursing homes and works real well with the height adjustable beds.
Can be purchased in three different sizes.
Any size quilt can be made with any one of the three different size hoops, the size you should get is the one that is most comfortable to you. The 18” hoop is the most popular size when putting it with the stand and the 14” is the next most popular size. The 24” hoop might be too big for most people, but can be good if you are tall or have longer arms. Once you have the stand and one hoop, you can purchase the other sized hoops and put them on the stand as well.
Each hoop comes with a set of Edge Tools (side & corner tensions). The Edge Tools are wonderful for getting to the very edges of your quilt, and they give you just a little bit of tension-weight, to make it easier along the sides and corners.
Other Great Features
The Grace Hoop2 has a place to put a Swing Arm Lamp. Adding a light to yor work area can help lessen eye strain as you stitch. The whole stand also folds up for portability, even with the hoop and fabric attached. When folded, it has a built-in handle for carrying.
Doing Large Quilts
For those who do large quilts on the quilting hoop, but do not want their quilts to touch the floor, here's a nifty accessory. Quilt Clamps! You just roll the quilt up and put a quilt clamp on it.
These can be found at almost any quilting store. A neat alternative to buying actual quilt clamps, is using bike clamps (the kind you use to clamp your pants so they don't get caught in the bike).
I also wanted to mention the wonderful LapHoops. Like the Grace Hoop2, The LapHoops are wonderful for people with little space, but they are also great for traveling and taking to classes. All of the LapHoops are all 14 inches in diameter, and are great for cuddling up with in your favorite chair. The Grace LapHoops also come with a set of Edge Tools like the Grace Hoop2.
There are three different LapsHoops to choose from. A Wood Swivel LapHoop, a Poly Swivel LapHoop (plastic), and what we call the Didi LapHoop.
The Wood Swivel LapHoop is the most popular because of the double corner tension, and also because it can be removed and attached to the Grace Hoop2 stand. A great combo that a lot of people like to get is a Grace Hoop2 with an attached 18” hoop AND a the Wood Swivel LapHoop. That way, they have the two best sizes for their home and travel, but if they do need to change them out on the stand they can.
The Poly Swivel LapHoop is a poly plastic, and the base is wood. It has only one corner tension adjustment.
The Didi LapHoop also has a poly hoop and wood base, but it doesn’t tilt or turn on its own. It’s a favorite of Didi McElroy (of Roxanne Thimbles).
Getting a Quilt ready for your hoop
I wanted to share some tips for quilting on a hoop. First, always make your BACKING and BATTING about four inches wider and longer than the top layer on all four sides. Then, using big stitches, quickly baste from corner to opposite corner and in the middle across the quilt and in the middle from top to bottom. Lastly, when placing the quilt in your hoop, always start in the middle and work your way out.
Well, that's it from me today, I hope you find the idea of a square hoop as neat as I did! Happy Quilting!
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