I don’t want to put the cat among the pigeons (as it were), but I must admit to having being puzzled for quite some time about quilting. Not the actual art of quilting, I know that I am not a very accurate worker who has never really mastered the use of the rotary cutter, which means I have spent quite a lot of time searching online for hints and tips to help me improve my not very good techniques.
Even so, aware as I am of my quilting limitations, I would love some day, when I have enough time (not entirely certain when this is going to be), to make an English paper pieced hexagon quilt. This dream quilt would contain all of my favourite fabrics, and many of the hexagons would be embroidered with English wildflowers and animals. Hopefully this, my perfect make, won’t remain a dream forever as I know it would be a very slow, long-term project that I would really enjoy.
This brings me to my puzzlement about quilting, which is that almost every quilting tip I seem to see during my searching is about saving time, doing things quickly, easy to make, cut lots of pieces at once etc etc etc. Why is this I wonder?
Although I love all kinds of sewing, my very-most favourite kind is hand embroidery. And not just any hand embroidery, but the sort where I can consider the placement of each stitch carefully, taking plenty of time – it’s almost a meditative experience. Indeed I’ve been known to delay finishing a piece (rather like the Sleepy Foxes above from this month’s Bustle & Sew Magazine) as I’m enjoying the stitching experience so much and am reluctant to admit that my project is finally complete. Of course there are times when you want or need a quick and easy project for various reasons, and it’s true that these can be, in their own way, just as much fun as the more complex designs.
My little Alpaca was completed in just an evening – but still huge fun to make! Perhaps I’ve just been looking in the wrong places for quilting tips, but I remain puzzled about the emphasis I seem to see regarding speed in quilting – can anybody help enlighten me?