Sisters Around the Block: Hand Quilting For the Process
I have to say that I am thrilled to have found the Celebrate Hand Quilting button by Michigan Quilts. All of my earliest memories associated with quilting have to do with my grandmother on my moms' side who faithfully hand quilted all of her quilts for years. My stitching isn't as tiny and precise as hers was, but when I go back and do the penny test on her quilts and compare them to mine? Her spacing between stitches is approximately the same as mine, which translates like this: she got about 4 to 5 stitches to the 'penny' while I only get 3 to 4. Ouch. I just admitted something that I'm not super proud of.
Probably my favorite hand quilting job ever.
Sisters Around the Block: each border made by a different person.
Now that my grandma is gone, I can't compare our adult hands for similarities. I do know that when I make a conscious effort to slow down and make teeny, tiny stitches I can definitely increase my stitches per inch. In doing this however, I always lose something very important to me. I lose my ability to relax and enjoy the process. I know because I've tried over and over to 'improve' until finally, I had to re-evaluate the reasons for which I love quilting. It can't be about perfection for me. I'll leave that to others and gladly admire their incredible handiwork from a distance.