I do a lot of blogging as well as Facebook posting about my hand quilting. It is really fun to share what I am doing. I really get a lot out of the exchange of ideas, questions, and feedback. There is, however, one consistent comment that really bothers me. “Wow you sure are fast”. Let me assure you I am NOT fast. Honest I am not.
Yesterday I posted a picture of the progress of a rose on the whole cloth quilt I am working on.
I worked for most of the day Saturday to get it to that point. I worked on it for the remainder of Saturday and part of today. If I add that all up and it is something like 16 hours (for the filling not the black outline) and here it is .
That is less than one square foot of quilting. It is slow, it is time-consuming, It is not magic, it is NOT fast. It is consistent long hours of work. I would love to be fast because I have so many ideas and quilts to do…..and I am faster now after hand quilting 6 + hours a day for 6 years than when I started, but I am not faster than most other hand quilters. I understand that it looks fast when all you see is a progress picture, It looks like it magically happened, but there are many many hours of quilting between pictures. When people say I am fast I feel like it really minimizes all the hard work and hours I put into it.
Now that I got that off my chest let me share some garden pictures. I took a quilting break and planted some Pansies …. and took a few pictures of the beginnings of spring flowers in the garden. (click pictures to enlarge)
Back to work
Happy (slow and steady) Quilting