This is the last hand quilting I did in 2001. WOW ... I'm can't believe it's been that long.
I got the blocks through an internet block swap in 1999. As a hand-quilter, it took a LONG time to finish a project.
I then started quilting on my sewing machine. Not an easy task with bigger quilts. But, like the saying goes, "I wrestled the alligator." And disliked every minute of it! So, I tried out a couple of long-arm services and paid lots of money to someone else to do what I really wanted to do. Now I do all my own work.
I mostly do free-motion quilting. Anything you can doodle on paper, can be quilted. But unlike most "quilters," I don't think the quilting should be the star of the show. I think the piecing and the fabric should be what shines.
The quilting should complement/support the design of the quilt. The texture of the quilting really shows well on the back. This is the back of my "Quilt of Many 2" Squares."
And my quilting machine of choice ...
I absolutely LOVE my HQ16! It was built for the home sewer and it does everything I need it to do. It's not finicky about thread; whatever I put on it, this baby just hums along.
Here's the whole quilt. It's called Prim Garden by MeMe's Quilts.
I love these crows!
Working on my HQ16 has made it possible to finish LOTS of quilts. I do sometimes quilt up something really small on my sewing machine but if it's anything over 25" or so, I move to the Handiquilter and get it done!