Quilting, like any art form, is a very personal thing and quilters are all different in their approach. Many quilters get great enjoyment out of selecting fabrics and piecing intricate tops. Many are expert at beautiful applique. Some like to design their own quilts, some enjoy using patterns or kits. The important thing is that it be enjoyable. There is not a right way to do it as long as you are enjoying it.
I have seen some incredibly intricate and beautiful machine quilting and I can appreciate that beauty, but for me it is not the same. A big part of the reward of quilting for me is not the end result but the process itself. Hand quilting makes me a part of the quilt. Every stitch goes through my hands before it goes into the quilt. I don’t know who this quote is attributed to but it is a good one to explain my connection to hand quilting.“My whole life is in that quilt, my hopes and fears, my joys and sorrows, my loves and hates. I tremble sometimes when I remember what that quilt knows about me”.
Everything I am thinking and feeling when I am quilting is stitched into the quilt and somehow is turned into something beautiful. That for me can’t happen with a machine.
So that is why I hand quilt and here is the progress on the current project.
First a comparison of the before and after. I finished up the basic quilting on this quilt a few days ago and now I am going back and adding a lot more quilting detail.
Here is the entire quilt with the basic quilting done.
Here are some pictures of what I have finished so far. Click to enlarge.