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Hand quilting is alive and well all around the world! Join with fellow hand quilters to share techniques, tips,
and the BEAUTIFUL quilts being made by others who share your passion for quilting... by HAND!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

World Domination and Ch-ch-ch Changes

worldQuilters are going to take over the world!  You’d better watch out!  

Hand quilters, that is! 

Hand quilters have been at it for a very long time.  The art of hand quilting goes back hundreds of years.  In 1850, there were no long arm quilters to take your finished quilt top and turn it into a quilt.  It was you.  And you.  And you.  If you wanted your family to stay warm on cold winter nights, you made quilts for your family.  And you learned how to stitch them  by hand.  Back then, you probably quilted out of necessity, unless you were wealthy, of course.  Then you had someone else make your family quilts, and you did fancy needlework on your own because you had time on your hands to do so.

Hand quilters now stitch because they find it relaxing.  It gives them peace.  it provides an outlet for creativity, and, well, to put it simply, they quilt because they FEEL like it!  There is nothing wrong with hand quilting… yet the world seems to think hand quilting is dead and gone.  Quilt shop owners rarely carry supplies for hand quilters because hand quilters take longer to finish projects.  Long arm quilting is big business, and thousands of independent long arm businesses have sprouted up around the United States and all around the world.  They finish the tops others make, and the process of commerce goes on.   There is nothing at all wrong with long arm quilting… but it’s not for everyone. It is a PART of quilting.  Just one part.

Hand quilters are tired of being told they are a dying breed.  We have been alive and stitching, but now we are alive and KICKING!  The Celebrate Hand Quilting Facebook Group is now made up of over 4,400 members.  AWESOME!  We are growing by leaps and bounds, so much so that it is time that we had our own official domain.  This morning I purchased the domain name www.CelebrateHandQuilting.com for this blog and for the hand quilting community.  NOTE: If you have this blog currently bookmarked or included in your blog reader, please make note of the new URL.  On Saturday, April 19th this blog will move over the www.CelebrateHandQuilting.com.  New features will gradually be added to the site, so please stay tuned!

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How can you help spread the love of hand quilting? 

Are you wondering how you can help?

Here is a list to get you started:

  • Wherever you can, use the words “I am a hand quilter” or “hand quilters rule” or Celebrate Hand Quilting! This can be added into your email signature quite easily…( Caron Mosey, Hand Quilter).
  • If you read blogs online, take a little more time and reply to what you read. That lets the writer know that you are reading their blog, and gives you a chance to include “Your Name, hand quilter”
  • If you have a blog, write about hand quilting. If you have no idea what a blog is, or if you want to be a blogger but don’t know what to do to start, let me know. I can help get you started. Be sure to put a link to the Celebrate Hand Quilting blog and to our Facebook group on your own blog!
  • When you visit quilt shops, be sure and drop the words “hand quilter” and “hand quilting” a lot. Walk in the door and ask the first employee you see where their hand quilting supplies are. “Where are your templates for hand quilting designs?” Or, “ Where are your good thimbles for hand quilting?” Or, “I’m a hand quilter. Where is your hand quilting thread?”
  • Enter your quilts in shows and contests. Yes, I know, some of you are scared to death to do that. Start small and enter something in your state fair or local shows. You can rest assured that your quilt is better than the quilts of people who might have never picked up a needle!!!
  • Yes, put your best quilt in a contest. Start locally and enter it into a juried show. You want a few judges to see your work!!! That way, they will provide you feedback. (Make sure ahead of time that they will do this… some shows will, some won’t.) Judges responses are subjective, though. Know that going in. Do NOT be too critical of your work if they don’t like something. I  had one judge at Show A hate my quilt and pick it apart, and another judge at Show B love it and give it a blue ribbon! When you show your quilts, let people know on your blog, on Facebook, etc. Tell your friends! Invite them to the show!

The map below shows where our Facebook hand quilters are located.  You can see we are working our way around the world.  We’re not yet ready for world domination, but it is possible, soon…

map.Apr15.2014What other ideas do YOU have to help spread the love of hand quilting?  Please share in the comments below.  And stay tuned… more hand quilting is coming your way!

 

By Caron Mosey, hand quilter

19 comments:

  1. I try to encourage others at quilt groups to at least try hand quilting - just once don't say you can't do it until you at least try! I tell people it is ok to take big stitches if you can't take small ones - just try it! I do blog and show hand quilting all the time - it is such a stress reducer.

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  2. No expert here : quite mediocre at piecing, applique, AND hand-quilting...and I blog about them all quite often, especially hand-quilting :) Why? Because if we all waited to be perfect or experts, we'd never start.
    I love to see the experts...they are my inspiration. My place in blogland is to tell people like me " if I can do it, you can too..don't be scared...just go for it " :) I love hand-quilting / always have..always will.

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  3. I read your comments on the coming Quilting Gallery show. I was equally astonished to see categories for hand quilting no longer exist. Quilt shows in Japan do not have a machine category so all those machine pieces have to compete with excellent hand work.
    Oh, there are times I wish I could work faster. I have so many ideas and so little time. But I do love take-along work. I am glad I am not stuck in some "sewing room" (even if I wish I had a room big enough for a machine).

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  4. Do better, more precise sewing by HAND. I do have many sewing Machines. Love to teach on a treadle , crank and do HAND quilting on a clamp frame. Hate when people say old ladies, old GrandMas and gray haired ladies hand quilt. Thanks for giving Us this site !

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    1. I don't think any of us are old, maybe some are grandma's, but the hand quilters of this age-are, well, spectacular and ahead of our time! We know how to have fun, relax and enjoy the days!

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  5. I love sewing by hand (both piecing and quilting) and try to tell anyone who is interested just how relaxing it is! I machine piece and quilt as well but most of my sewing is done by hand - I'm trying to persuade people that hand piecing is actually far easier than machine piecing and far quicker than EPP! Thanks for helping us celebrate hand quilting!

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  6. I have been a hand quilter for over 40 years. I am in awe of the work some long armers are doing now. I was for a while discouraged from entering my quilts in national shows because I felt that I could not compete with the longarm technology. I'm so thankful that I came to my senses and realized that I hand quilt because I love it and I am proud to carry on this wonderful tradition. I love reproducing antique quilts as I feel I am saving a bit of our heritage. I have won numerous awards for my hand quilting but nothing is more satisfying than sharing my love of hand work to others. Happy quilting!

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  7. Caron, Thank you so much for providing this forum, for purchasing the domain, for the Facebook site I look at all of the time. You are truly an inspiration and a trail blazer to lead us in this charge we all carry as Hand Quilters. Thank you with all of my hand stitched heart!

    My name is Tina and I am a hand quilter. I have been hand quilting for only 2 years and this site is my therapy!

    Tina, Hand Quilter

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    1. Oh yes and I forgot, I am a hand piercer also and I have been doing that for about 5 years and it brings me great joy!

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  8. I wish there was a button that we could put on our blogs..."I am proud to be a hand quilter" or something like that :) I would make one if I had the skill...

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  9. I hand and machine quilt both... depends on what I have time for. My best quilt was in a special exhibit at the Houston International Quilt Festival.... you'll see it on my Facebook page. Hand Quilting is soooo relaxing!

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  10. Nice post Caron. Thank you so much for getting this all started so we can support this lovely craft. :)
    ~ Carol
    Hand Quilter ;)

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  11. I love hand piecing and hand quilting! It's been a passion of mine for 30 yrs. ( Yes, I'm a very proud grandma, too! I was 36 when I started quilting.) And I am SO glad to see younger women entering into this wonderful hand quilting world. I've won several ribbons for my quilts and my hand quilting. It really helps to get the critique from a certified judge. Practice, practice, practice is what's said for machine quilting, and that is true for hand quilting, but I would always prefer to sit and hand quilt than to be in front of a machine!
    Judy, Hand Quilter :)

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  12. I like to hand quilt too. My first quilt was machine pieced and hand-quilted. It is a queen-sized quilt and took me many years to quilt. I now hand quilt smaller quilts. Otherwise I would never have finished quilts. I enjoy reading this blog. I share my hand work: quilting, crocheting, cross-stitch and knitting on my own blog. I will share your site in the future.
    CathieJ, Hand Quilter :)

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  13. I've never done anything but hand work for quilts, wall hangings and pillows. Sitting at a machine feels like a job or work to me, like typing. You've done a great job with the FB page and sew glad to see the blog! Sharon Watson

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  14. Coming here from the Facebook group worked just fine. Even on my smart phone. Kirsten

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  15. Excellent. I have not updated my blog in a long time, I have been very busy with new grandchildren. But I am excited to be a part of this. Thank you for creating this site, hand quilting is one of my favorite things to do.

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  16. Excellent article! I respect everyone taste and interest! But I LOVE hand piecing and hand quilting. Why would be more important fast quilt production rather than taking time to quilt by hand?
    Thank you !
    Patricia, Hand quilter (from France)

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  17. Bonjour, Je suis entièrement d'accord.
    Je pique à la main en pensant à mon arrière grand mère.
    Je suis heureuse de piquer à la main.
    Gisèle du Québec Canada

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