When I began quiltmaking in 1983, I sewed the patches by hand, then by machine, and quilted by hand for about ten years. Each large quilt would take me about a year to quilt in betwen life's demands.
Because I was making more and more quilts, between writing quiltmaking books, a magazine column and touring Australia teaching patchwork, I needed to tackle machine quilting which I now love doing.
However, you can quilt while you chat to others when you quilt by hand, a problem when machine quilting. The quilts are softer when hand quilted, while you can really heavily quilt your quilts with stippling and design quilting. Of course they are finished faster!
What is your poison? Hand or machine?
I prefer machine piecing and hand quilting. It depends on the purpose. For children's quilts or something very utilitarian quilts, I might also machine quilt.
by Linda Lum 3 years ago
How to mark a quilt for hand-quiltingI quilt by hand and typically do "stitch in the ditch" or shadow quilting. If you also quilt by hand (and want to do a more challenging design than SITD or shadow), what is your preferred method of marking the quilting pattern?
by countrymom33 9 years ago
how many 18 inch blocks does it take to make a king size quilt
by Victoria Lynn 7 years ago
What is an easy way to make a quilt for non-quilters?I've always wanted to make a quilt but don't know how to start. I thought about just cutting up random square of scrap material and sewing them together...? But what about the backing? And the trim? How would I put together a simple quilt?
by BetteMachete 8 years ago
If I were going to jump into quilting, would it be possible to do it by hand?Could it be done with a simple all square, same size cut squares of different fabrics? Im not a sewer, im an artist, but I need to make this, I've been thinking about it for so long. Any tips for a simplistic, crude,...
by Seckin Esen 5 years ago
Some people like doing work by hand. Others prefer using machines. Which do you prefer?
by Stimp 9 years ago
And, do you remember the smell of the ink. Yes, I'm odd. That's one of my favorite memories of school. Being handed Ditto'd pages fresh off the machine and smelling the ink.
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