As I read my favourite blogs, I am frequently amazed at times by the speed with which some quilters churn out one quilt after another, and wonder how they do it. Modern quilting tools, reliable sewing machines, piece-cutting apparatus, string piecing and other techniques, plus professional machine quilting all help to achieve a result quickly, but I sometimes think in the rush, the value of making is diminished. I now rarely make big quilts, but have been doing it for long enough to remember when one cut individual templates for each piece, usually from cereal boxes, cut the fabric with scissors, stitched on a marked 1/4 inch line, and hand quilted the whole thing. When one finished a quilt then, the celebrations were worth it. I am not a Luddite, nor do I resist developments in the technology, but I can certainly identify with those who seek a more gentle and intimate approach to creating textiles, where the sense of achievement can be very satisfying, as I am finding with my increasing interest in embroidery of various sorts. Quilts in future for me, will be smaller, and once more, incorporate a lot of hand stitching.
This quilt was started more than two years ago, even though it was made with contemporary techniques and gadgets, it still took a long time because my interest waned and it was shelved for a period, while I pursued other textile interests. It was beautifully quilted by Wendy from Honeypot Quilting in Bendigo (no website) in August, and has been waiting for its binding while I did the Crewel course. I’m very happy with the finished quilt, which will now reside on my bed.