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Comment by Janet/MO on April 18, 2009 at 10:56am
Lana, I have joked many times about having to live to at least the age of 300 just to do all the quilts i know about today. Of course, if I spent less time on the internet I would probably get more quilting done, but then I wouldn't have made friends with all of you! It is rainy and cold and just plain yucky outside so I'm going to hide in my sewing room this afternoon.
Comment by Diane Gunter/Canada on April 18, 2009 at 10:54am
Back from holidays and just catching uo on all of your comments. I'm afraid to say that I am new at hand quilting so to date most of mine are LA quilted. I have recently done 4 table runners by hand and am piecing a Dear Jane quilt which I hope to hand quilt as I feel it would be doing it an injustice to machine quilt. But it will probably take me another 4 years to finish !!!
I really appreciate all the info on quilt shows and the different ways of judging. I am with Janet. I think hand quilting should not be compared with LA quilting. I'm not good enough to enter my quilting but if I was I would want her to be organizing the show!
The quilts I have had done have been customized and are all beautiful but the 2 kinds of quilting can not be compared. I do not do machine quilting as I prefer to use my machine as little as possible. I am an appliquer by heart.
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on April 18, 2009 at 9:38am
All of you have had some very good comments in support of hand quilting. Many of your opinions have come out of my mouth many times. At heart I'm a hand quilter I don't like to take the time to produce a beautiful top only to have it quilted by machine. Now, mind you, I've done it myself. I've done machine quilting on childrens' quilts or table runners, etc. I've even sent out to a LA. But I've decided that the pleasure derived from hand quilting can't be beat. It' is my first choice every time. But as time is an issue, I sometimes give in and machine quilt. Just think of the $$ we save on thread by hand quilting!
I have a lap quilt that my whole family just loves. I hand quilted it maybe 10 years ago and it is everyone's favorite. My son admonished me that we would wear it out and wouldn't have it any more. Well, guess what? He was right. The places where machine quilting was used, like to attach the binding, sew blocks together, etc. Are giving out. But the hand quilting is hanging in there like the day it was done. Now DH just says that's ok. Just make another one just like it.....
I will always hand quilt. It's what quilting is.
Now, what am I going to do about all those (20+) tops lying in wait for my quilitng? I can't die until they are done.LOL
Have a great day. Lana
Comment by Riley Lane on April 18, 2009 at 7:55am
All righty now, here is my 13 cents worth on any quilting:

I have seen some absolutely breathtaking long arm quilting. Two of my cyber friends do long arm quilting for the public & they do beautiful jobs.

I know one lady that does LA quilting & when you look at her quilting, it is beautiful--I want to stress that--beautiful!! But that is all you see, her stitching.
The quilt pattern is lost & often her quilting is so dense with colored/contrasting thread that you have to guess what color the block was. No doubt she takes HOURS to do what she does & she does it very well, to the point the quilting is really a piece of art.

I want my quilts to be quilted as an accent to the design of the pattern, an enhancement, if you will. The quilting & the blocks need to compliment each other.

The beautiful quilting I have seen on here (especially the ""Aunt Becky Quilting" we were treated to--WOW!) does all of the above things I mentioned. Despite that quilting being so outstanding ( & it IS!) you notice it & then your eye travels right on to the quilt, colors and blocks.

Of course, these are strictly my opinions only?
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on April 18, 2009 at 7:46am
The last quilt I took to a LAer, she did some McTavishing in one of the borders, because believe it or not, after all the years I have made quilts I had an inner border that wound up pu-uffy. She said the McTavishing would make it lie flatter, and it did. But the rest of her quilting was not as densely done as she does a lot of customizing. But I have seen others that are so dense they do stand up by themselves!
Comment by Janet/MO on April 18, 2009 at 7:33am
Budsgram, I so very much agree with you about how stiff the quilts that are longarm quilted can end up being. I have some that are not that way, but some that could almost stand up by themselves. I know a lot of longarmers got hooked on McTavishing, which is that very dense quilting. It is probably ok on a whole cloth quilt, but it just overwhelms most pieced quilts. I want to showcase the entire quilt; not just the quiltig.
Comment by Carla on April 18, 2009 at 6:15am
Cat Lady, I am with you about durability. I think hand quilting will stand up to machine quilted any day. Sashiko done by the Japenese was done just for that reason, to strengthen the garment. Hand quilted quilts drape and are much softer so the threads are less likely to break from tension. Quilt dragon, I get more projects finished when I hand quilt because the end result encourages me to finish it, as with my machine quilting the experience is not as pleasing and the results are just so. I have seen some beautiful machine quilted quilts at shows but they don't have that soft cuddle up feeling a hand quilted quilt has. I too have machine quilted baby quilts with all over design but am always just not satisfied with the results. I would rather turn out one beautiful hand crafted quilt than ten just so quilts. Quilting has turned into a business, a way to make the almighty buck. I think sometimes new quilters don't realize it doesn't take all those fancy gadgets to make a beautiful quilt, I quilt because it is an experience a personal journey that I truely enjoy.
Comment by QuiltDragon on April 17, 2009 at 2:47pm
betweens...I'm with you. I LOVE hand quilting and Budsgram, fighting with a quilt in a sewing machine is a pain and I only do it because I want to see some things completed. I have a bunch of hand appliqued UFOs and I don't intend to quilt them on the machine. Now all I need is time! LOL Barb
Comment by Janet/MO on April 17, 2009 at 1:26pm
Thanks for much for "having my back" everyone! LOL I did want to say that I have also had quite a few of my quilts longarm quilted. I have fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel problems so it is very difficult for me to wrestle with the large quilts any more. Plus I'm trying to get better at machine quilting some of my tops and since I bought my Koala cabinet it is helping. However, it just bothers me to see all these techniques lumped together. It seems like judges in some parts of the country look down their noses at hand quilted quilts. I'm hoping that is not the case everywhere though.

As to the question of whether or not a quilt has to be an original design to be entered in to a show that really depends on the show. If you are wanting to exhibit your quilt in a local show sponsored by a guild then you do not have to have made an original. It is considered proper etiquette to give credit to the designer though and this should be included on the entry form. However, for the shows where the work is juried in, then yes it needs to be original. You can use other designs as inspiration, but the majority should be your own design. There have been times that I thought about making a quilt to enter in one of those shows, but for so long it seems like the majority are way too much toward the artsy type quilts and my mind just doesn't go that way. That is not to say I don't appreciate a lot of them, but I can't conjure up those kinds of designs in my head.

One thing I would say is that you have to not let the critiques turn you off to quilting. What one judge will be critical about, will not necessarily bother another unless it is obviously poor workmanship. I have seen quilts that won best of show in one show and not even get a ribbon in another. Part of that depends on the competition also. I have always tried to look at the critique as a learning tool. However, I must admit that there were times the critique sheet was tossed in to the nearest waste basket too.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 17, 2009 at 11:10am
Hazel, I'm sure the larger stitches are faster, but I probably won't change my stitch length just yet. I do like the look of sashiko quilting on certain quilts, though.
 

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