I can hand quilt….

Way back in the 1990s, I started a Christmas quilt. Originally, it was going to be a bed quilt but it got smaller and smaller as it went.

This is how it ended up…..

My original plan was to hand-quilt it and I made a good start but lost interest in the project!!!

Back in 2011, I decided to finish the quilt, even if it meant mixing Hand-quilting and Machine-quilting and I was SO very happy when it was finished.

I pull it out every December and use it as a throw on my couch. Well this year, as I was putting it away, I took a look at the hand-quilting and realized that, at one point in time, I COULD hand-quilt….

Yes, the stitch length is all over the place, but there are runs of REALLY even stitches.

Now, I could lament about how I should have kept going with the slow stitching but, the bottom line is…..

I LOVE FREE MOTION QUILTING and will NEVER return to hand-quilting!!

Where are you on the hand/machine spectrum?


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6 thoughts on “I can hand quilt….

  1. I love hand quilting! I actually sold my Sweet 16 because I knew mastering it was not for me. I prefer to see the mark of the makers hand, imperfections and all then the intricate, precise designs of free motion quilting. But that’s just me.

  2. I’m definitely a machine piecer and quilter. I do hand sew the binding except on smaller items (placemats, wall hangings) and those that I donate. I have never done hand quilting and my hands are such that I never will. I do admire folks who hand quilt!

  3. Machine quilting is the best! Faster, using decorative stitches or creative free-motion quilting. We all lead busy lives and my list of planned quilts is always increasing, so machine quilting is best for me!

    1. I am with you Pamela!! I gave up on hand quilting when I found out that I was going to have twin nieces. If I had hand quilted, they still would have their quilts….34 years later!!!

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