Quilting is my favorite hobby — besides blogging and crafting blogs. I’m a traditionalist of sorts (though I wouldn’t want to match skills with quilters of old) in that I make my quilts entirely by hand.
I have nothing against sewing machines, I think they’re great for making and altering clothes or larger projects. But quilting is special to me. I enjoy the feel of fabric in my hands, the way everything comes together slowly. I like the process of making a quilt. I also like the portability and frugality of hand-quilting. I can do it anywhere and because I make quilts more slowly, I don’t spend as much on them.
Recently I was chatting with a group of quilters online and someone asked how many quilts I’d made. Over a dozen, over two dozen, I was sure…but I couldn’t put a finger on the number. In fact, I realized that I barely had any photos of my work. Most of the quilts had been given away and I’d made them in the days before I had my little digital camera. So I started a personal project, tracking down and documenting my quilts. (not all the pictures are great, because I don’t have anywhere here with good lighting)
I’ve been using Flickr to share the quilts online. Here are a few:
So far this has been an immensely rewarding experience and I recommend it to other crafters–document your work as you go along, or try to start now. It doesn’t matter if you can’t get it all, or if you’re starting late. Just putting together a place where you can see it all at once gives you an idea of how much you’ve accomplished.
Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!