Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I've recently taken on a minor research project for my current guild and discovered to my amazement that machine quilting has been going on in the USA since sewing machines became readily and affordably available. Ladies have machine quilted since the 1800s. I find, though, that many quilters feel machine quilting is "cheating" and is not traditional. How do you folks come down on this issue?
Well Colleen, I let the quilt speak to me. I've had some quilts when I'm done piecing it that just scream at me that it must be hand quilted such as my "Oopsie Daisy" which took me 6 months to quilt. My Celtic quilt took 3 months to quilt. I also hand quilted the "Beatlemania" and being black made it hard to see for hand quilting. But when I tried machine quilting, the quilt actually rejected it. My scrappy quilts tell me which scraps to use. I have very little control. I often think that my quilting is led by the Holy Spirit. Often times I start a quilt maybe with a pattern in mind, but when the quilt is finished it doesn't look anything like the pattern. A good example of that is my "Quilt of Joy". I can discuss this further but privately.
My thoughts on this are that there are many different ways to do most things. Just like there are different ways to paint a picture. If we have the technology to do it faster then why not take advantage of it. I don't consider machine quilting cheating. It's just a different way to quilt. I give tons of kudos to those able to hand quilt. I don't have the patience so it's just not my cup of tea.
Sounds like the naysayers are a group of set in their way foggies who do not open their mind to learn new things or accept new concepts... The word for that type of person I believe is narrow minded bigot. Not to mention rude inconsiderate biddies...