Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Still Hand Quilting? Absolutely!
I heard a lady on a quilting podcast the other day refer to people who are "still hand quilting," and I got tickled. We've had indoor plumbing for nigh on to 30 years, but Ethel and Herb down the road are still using the old outhouse.....Sometimes I envy my friends who produce so many quilts, but I also feel a little sorry for them since they are missing the best part of quilting. I love rocking the needle through the layers of the quilt sandwich, drawing the thread through, and watching the design grow under my hands. I'm working on a scrappy Double Irish Chain right now, much more slowly than I would like, but it's going to be beautiful. My piecing is far from perfect, and I don't get 20 stitches to the inch, but it's still going to be beautiful. I love this one because there are scraps from just about every quilt I've ever made, from clothes I sewed for myself and my kids. There are scraps from a Quilt Til You Drop all night quilting I went to when I lived in Alaska, where we exchanged 2 1/2 inch strips we called "worms" then, and there are lots of other scraps I've exchanged with others through the years. Even the white muslin is scrappy--I used leftovers from other projects--I tried to use all the same kind of muslin, but there are variations in it. Within my hoop yesterday, there was a teapot, a snowman, an airplane, two dogs, an apple, a pear, a basket of spools, and assorted flowers, spots, and other splashes of color. As I hand quilt, slowly I'll admit, I have been reliving so many good memories--just because I'm taking my time.