I love hand quilting. I find it meditative and soothing. I’m not fond of planning or marking, I almost freeze at the thought of planning out a whole quilt. Hand quilting slows me down, I can let the stitches evolve and flow.
Now, I have marked out hand quilting in the past, but my favourites are definitely the wriggly stippling and free-form stitches which simply accent the piecing.
I had these blocks made by my bee-mates in the Simply Solids bee, an all-Canadian group. But then I struggled with how to put them together, until I decided to sash each block separately (they’re 10″, so about 14″ sashed) and use them as a take-along project. The block at the top of the page is my first one–I sketched out various patterns and decided to use a feather pattern on the wings and loose stippling in the border areas.
Well, I wasn’t such a huge fan of the result, so for the next ones I’m using an individual feather in each wing section. I probably won’t rip out the first one; this quilt is for me, and I still like the way the block is quilted.
Of course, occasionally hand quilting can lead to minor injuries–usually the blood stains come out. My stitches aren’t all the same length–that’s okay. Each block has 3 little butterflies and some flight path loops and wiggles around the main butterfly.
Have you ever hand quilted? If you haven’t, you should try it like this, as quilt as you go–it’s so much more satisfying to finish each block.
Linking up to the I Quilt linky party with Gemma at Pretty Bobbins.