HAND Quilted Doll Quilt?
First thing you should know about me is that I quilt because I can do it all on machine. I piece by machine. I have a quilting machine. I even bind by machine. Okay so sometimes I will finish my binding by hand. I love machine quilting. I do appreciate hand quilting. In my opinion there is good hand quilting and good machine quilting. I also think there is poor hand quilting and poor machine quilting. One type of quilting is not inherently better than the other. Each have their place, in my opinion.
That being said, I have often thought that I would like to learn to hand quilt. I knew I would start on a baby quilt because that size of project would be managable. I have seen many hand quilted quilts. I have seen people hand quilting in guild meeting. BUT last month I went to a hand quilting demonstration at our local Peteetneet Quilt Show by Dawnalyn Hall who has won several viewer’s choice awards for her hand quilting in our quilt show. That inspired me to want to try hand quilting sooner than later.
I fell in love with these doll quilts from the Temecula Quilt Company that were on the Moda Bake Shop. I finished one of my projects on Saturday and whipped up my doll quilt from my scraps. Here it is marked and basted ready to quilt! It was little enough that I didn’t really get nervous starting.
I had planned on quilting it with echo quilting or stitch in the ditch. However, I was inspired by this post from Minick and Simpson “Fuss Free Hand Quilting.” I love the baptist fan pattern. I love how Laurie Simpson pointed out the “randomness” of her arcs, and that she had made them that way on purpose — to make it look more antique.
TA DA! I am so pleased with how my first hand quilting experience with. I loved the doll quilt size. It was perfect. I was able to quilt it in two days.