The choice of quilting by hand or quilting by machine is an individual decision. Neither choice is right or wrong. It is simply a preference that a person makes based on what makes them happy. To turn up your nose and snub someone for quilting in a manner that is different than what you prefer is just inappropriate. To tell them they are “doing it wrong” is just plain rude.
Many hand quilters will also machine quilt. They may prefer hand quilting, but sometimes when making a utility quilt, a baby quilt, or a king size quilt it just doesn’t seem right to put that amount of time into the hand quilting. And that is okay.
Many machine quilters have hand quilted before. Perhaps they have reasons for not hand quilting more than they do. It could be a matter of having a lack of time. It might be that they are not comfortable hand quilting, or that they just don’t want the project to take that long. And that is okay.
Why do I bring this up? We recently had a discussion on our Facebook group. Someone commented that they “recently had a machine quilter snub her nose at her for being a hand quilter. It made her wonder if machine quilters had something *against* hand quilters?”
Someone else said that she had been in two different quilt shops that shunned hand quilting. “At the second quilt shop when the woman found out I was a hand quilter, she paused (after being very chatty), her voice got real low and she said, “Oh. You're a hand quilter. If I were you I'd take my tops to someone with a long arm and have them do it.”
I myself have been in quilt shops and been told that “No one hand quilts anymore!”
Let’s set the record straight right here and right now. It is perfectly okay to machine quilt. It is perfectly okay to hand quilt. Period. And if you think nobody hand quilts anymore, take a look at these statistics, below, and think again.
Look at the number of members in the group. This group grows by about one hundred members every month to six weeks now. And it is a VERY active group!
This is our group map. Every pin represents a hand quilter who has pinned where he or she lives on our map.
Here is a close-up of the hand quilters represented in the United States alone.
Keep in mind that these are only the hand quilters who have a) access to technology, b) like technology, c) found us on Facebook d) clicked to join our group.
We also have this blog that you are reading. The Celebrate Hand Quilting blog was started on November 16, 2011. Since that time, look at our statistics:
In 2011, there were 42 articles written, 184 in 2012, and 60 in 2013. Articles are written by hand quilters who also enjoy writing. Many have their own blogs, as well as this one. Some only blog on this site.
It is a shame to discourage any quilter from quilting using the method that make HIM or HER happy. Period. What ever their favorite method is, it is just that – a method. They are still quilting. They will still need fabric, thread, batting, needles, etc. Some will need thimbles. Some will not. Some will need specialty products for their preferred method, some will need different products for another method.
I am a hand quilter. I have a quilt on a frame downstairs that holds a mid-arm Pfaff Hobby Grand Quilter. I have a Pinterest folder for beautiful machine quilting, as I have seen some that makes me drool. My frame will soon be advertised for sale. It’s just not me. And that is perfectly fine. I am much better at hand quilting than I am at machine quilting. The quit shown below was just completed yesterday. You can learn about “Fleur de Caron II” on my blog, Michigan Quilts!
I don’t ask that everyone hand quilt. It works for me. I enjoy it, and I am good at it.
Quilt in the way that makes YOU happy.
It really doesn’t matter, just as long as you quilt!