Hand quilting is a topic near and dear to my heart. It’s where my quilting journey began, around a floor frame, quilting with dear ladies possessing far more wisdom than my young self. I cherish those hours spent listening to their stories as we stitched, it was like stepping back in time.
Many of you shared similar stories about hand quilting and what it means to you. As the survey results came in, it was clear this old craft of hand stitching stirred many memories, with nearly 3000 responses and over 6900 individual comments.
When asked to rate the importance of the heritage of hand quilting the results were overwhelming…
- 54% respondents feel that hand quilting is extremely important
- 30% feel it is very important
- 11% feel it is somewhat important
Hand quilting is history, it’s our history, but is also relevant today.
Several of you gave some great ways that hand quilting remains a relevant part of the quilting industry today…
- Minimal start up costs
- It makes quilt-making more available to everyone since you don’t have to pay to get it quilted or buy a machine
- It suits a style of quilter that is on-the-go since it travels easily
- It is one of the creative expressions in quilting today
- It fits into embroidery, needlepoint, and other handwork areas
- It is another technique to add to a vast repertoire of sewing skills
- It adds a choice to the quilter’s art palette
There are many reasons given to hand quilt, and often those listed were personal. But several quilters had suggestions of ways they use hand quilting to add something extra to their quilts that they can’t achieve another way.
How do you use hand quilting in your quilts?
- Add texture
- Add detail
- Create natural effects in landscape quilts
- Control of where the stitches are placed
- Create unique designs
- Create a vintage style
- Specialty threads
- Establish drape of quilt
- Mimic the piecing
Quilters, crafters, and admirers from all corners of the fiber world shared with us their love for hand quilting, whether as their personal oasis, their connection to foremothers, a fun technique in their toolbox, or a finish that pleases the eye and hand. We heard from heritage stitchers focused on passing on the tradition, to big stitch quilters putting a modern twist on a classic technique. Hand quilting has always pushed the quilting industry, and we’re excited to see where it takes us in the future.