Although I'm not adding anything new, you wanted to know what we all did, right? I like to do it ALL!
For different reasons, of course. For those quilts that are simple designs or need to get done quickly - machine piece and quilt - all the way. Oh, and for those projects that have been around forever too, and I just want them DONE! I also like to consider the use of the quilts - the ones that will a hard usage by me and the dogs - well, those are machine pieced and machine quilted. But for those items that I know are going to be treasured or are fragile, then I like to hand piece and hand quilt.
When I started my Dear Jane quilt blocks at a retreat, everyone thought I was crazy to hand piece the 1st block. Because I was a new quilter, I listened to everyone about how much more accurate I would be if I machine pieced the blocks. HAH - not me! My 1 machine pieced block is nowhere as accurate as my hand-pieced ones….LOL. They said I just needed to practice more, but it would take me forever to get just 1 DJ block done if I practiced enough to get it right…LOL.
And at retreats, sew-ins, or craft days, if always freaks me out to hear machines going at such fast speeds. I really don't know how they do it. I panic when my machine starts to go too fast. Well, my machine is not possessed, I just get a lead foot sometimes, and I notice that I've completely lost my 1/4" seam. :-D
I saw the quilt design on an episode of Simply Quilts about 2000. I bought the fabric and started the quilt by doing the appliqué blocks (not in the original design, but those empty spaces just cried for something). I copied the appliqué design from an old one I found in a book, American Quilt Classics from the Collection of Patricia Cox by Patricia Cox. It was from a quilt kit made about 1930. The fabrics were from "The Language of Flowers" designed by Susan Branch and manufactured by Springs Industries.
Here's a closeup of the appliqué block already quilted.
This isn't the first quilt I've made entirely by hand, and I'm sure not the last (I have a grandmother's flower garden, too). Although I usually piece by machine and quilt by hand or pay someone to machine quilt, I enjoy hand work...a lot!
I really want to finish it so I can hand-quilt my Delectable Pathways, which my friend Julie basted for me on her long-arm.
Beautiful quilt and so is your quilting. I complimented you in another group on how I like the simplicity of the straight line "channel quilting" you are using behind the appliqué.