I've started hand quilting a second quilt and am moving right along on it. I'm kind of in love with Big Stitch hand quilting for a number of reasons. I like the look, and for me - it's very fast. If that's a motivator for you, I can emphasize whole heartedly that it is fast. I almost didn't want to tell you that. The time issue has become a pet peeve with me. Speed. Fast. Easy. These are buzz words in just about everything in American life and I don't necessarily think it's for the best. It is really starting to bother me. Sometimes it feels like I have to defend the decision to hand quilt anything (or do any sewing by hand). It's always what I get the most questions about and the most stunned looks from. It's as if people think I am forced to do it by hand - against my will. It's not true. I actually like it and I prefer it. Believe me, if I didn't like it I wouldn't do it.
I guess what I want to say is if you enjoy handwork, don't put it off. Do it! Guess what, time passes anyway whether you are making something with your hands or not. If you enjoy it - it makes the passage of time that much the better.
This is the second quilt I am hand quilting for Quilt Market in Houston.
I guess what I want to say is that it isn't a sacrifice on my time or my life. I am not a slave to it.
Earlier this year on the first episode of Project Runway (one of my faves), designer Bradon McDonald showed his work to the judges to see if he was accepted for the show.
|Bradon McDonald of Season 12 of Project Runway|
Bradon, bless him, uses lots of handwork on his clothing. One of the pieces he showed the judges was hand embroidered. He said "I put 15,000 stitches into this." I cringed. Ugh. No Bradon! Please don't tell me you counted your stitches?!? Sigh. Who DOES that? And why? The judges did all the things I am used to seeing people do when you tell them you hand stitched something. They gasped, they exclaimed surprise, and more than a bit of pity. "Poor Braden, slaving away" I imagined them thinking. No, not poor Braden. Good for Braden for doing handwork and for obviously enjoying it. (except for the counting part - lose that part Braden).
So, I am taking hand quilted quilts to Market not to show off, or to get pity, but to show that it can be done. And it can be done joyfully. //steps down off soapbox//
Ok, where were we...... besides showing our new quilt patterns soon - there is a Moda Blog Hop starting this week.
Here is the Blog Hop Schedule...
September 4, 2013
Laundry Basket Quilts
September 5, 2013
September 6, 2013
September 9, 2013
September 10, 2013
September 11, 2013
Minick and Simpson
September 12, 2013
September 13, 2013
September 14, 2013
Be there or be square!