During a class a few weeks ago we were asked if we were "quilters". The entire class had a puzzled look but responded "yes". We then were told that a "quilter is someone that does hand quilting" ....those that machine quilt are "piecers". It did create a little discussion but it is true - not many "piecers" today do any hand quilting! I feel it is a lost craft and it would be a shame to see it become a thing of the past. We do everything so quickly today that the thought of taking the time to hand quilt is overwhelming.
A long time ago I taught a class on "hand piecing and hand quilting". It was long before we had rotary cutters and all the short cuts we have today. I'm glad I did that method but I am also thrilled with all the tools and short cuts we have today. It is all about balance and I like that!
This is the quilt I did all by hand. Take a look at the quilting. I doubt I would ever quilt an entire queens size quilt again but it is one I cherish.
This is a small piece I am currently hand quilting. I like to have something to hand quilt at all times. On a cool day it feels so cozy when you are working on it.
This is a small piece I am doing - I hope it will entice some of my other quilter friends to join me!
I love keeping things from the past alive. So much in our culture goes away - but comes back again. Hope this art does.
Happy Valentines day to everyone....
Remember - SMILE Always,