The Well Machined Quilt

I’ve been quilting since I was four… but always hand quilting. I’ve always felt like that was the way to go. It requires a lot of time, and patience to make each of those little pinprick stitches. (I flatter myself to think that my hand quilting is pretty darn good.)

I cannot count the number of times I have looked at a quilt during a show or at the fair and cast a critical eye over the – obviously machined – stitching. In many cases, the quilt was pretty and the stitching added a beautiful element to it. There’s a quilt that shows up periodically in my area that is many multicolored suns on a black background. I believe it is hand stitched and it is gorgeous – one of the prettiest quilts I have ever seen.

Still, there was a lurking sense of superiority. Surely it is harder and takes more skill to put in each painstaking stitch by hand!

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Well folks – I am used to picking up a new creative challenge and doing pretty well at it. What I am not used to is eating humble pie.

This is my public apology to every machine quilter out there – holy bujeezus… I have a whole new respect for what you do.

I finished a baby quilt for a friend of mine last night and I machine quilted it – otherwise I never would have been done in time. I picked up a darning foot for my machine, watched a few youtube tutorials… how hard could it be right? I’d spent quite a bit of time tracing the designs I wanted to put on the fabric, and was ready to go.

And… yeah. Machine quilting isΒ hard!Β Follow a tracing at this stage of skill? Oh yeah, not happening. Whew! At least I got it done, and I was fairly satisfied with the results. πŸ˜€

3 thoughts on “The Well Machined Quilt

  1. The quilt is beautiful–has my favorite colors, too!! Quilting is something I have never tried. I am a big fan of the art form and admire the creative designs of each unique piece, but not sure how good I would be at pulling off the craft and making it look that good. I have done some sewing, but it doesn’t come very easy–crooked seams are my specialty. Can’t imagine the time involved in either hand-stitching or machine quilting–a lot of love goes into each quilt. You should be very proud of your work.

    1. Thank you so much! It was fun to make… much quicker (relatively) and simpler than some of the projects I do. If you’re interested in quilting, you should really just try it… start with some pillow covers for your living room! They’re small projects so the time investment isn’t as demanding. πŸ˜€ And I’m happy to answer any questions you might have if you want to get started. πŸ˜€

      1. Thanks for the inspiration. There is quite a well-known quilt shop not far from where I live…they have classes and kits for all levels of quilters. I may just have to give it a try. πŸ™‚

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