While trying to decide how to quilt a small quilt a few weeks ago I began thinking about hand quilting and how it doesn’t mean the same thing as it did when I first started quilting.
When I started quilting in 1994 hand quilting was done with hand quilting thread and between needles. These days when people say hand quilting sometimes they mean that big pick stitch quilting with a large needle and perle cotton.
I don’t have anything against big stitch quilting, I’ve used it and will probably do so again. I’ve seen some outstanding quilts done with it. I’m just hoping that we don’t forget to pass traditional quilting along to the next generation. It seems these days we’re in such a hurry to finish we either machine quilt or use big stitch quilting for everything. I know there are some people who although they make quilts they don’t like hand stitching one bit! I for one love it, hand stitching of all kinds, from quilting to embroidery. I find it very satisfying and always have.
I don’t think you have to choose one or the other. I think some quilts call for machine quilting while others definitely call for hand quilting or big stitch. And actually some quilts may call for all three. So what do you think?
Do you now or have you ever hand quilted? What do you think about big stitch quilting, yea or nay?