Ahhhh. I've been in hand quilting Heaven while doing a little stitching on three lovely reproduction doll quilts that my friend Mary Jones pieced as store samples for one of our LQS. Her fabric choices and piecing are amazing...and just look at her basting! She could sell them basted like that and call it hand quilted!! LOL
I've already done the hand quilting on two others, which I returned to Mary yesterday so that she could bind them.. This is the third one. I will post more pictures of all three of them when they are all finished.
Hand quilting is my favorite part of the quilt making process. It is my therapy. I love the repetitive motion of the "rocking" when making the stitches and the feel of the 2-dimensional pieced top becoming softly 3-dimensional in my hands. I enjoy getting to examine all the fabrics "up close and personal" as I take my stitches. Coming up with quilting patterns feeds my creativity and, sometimes, my sense of humor.
I knew life had been stressful lately, but taking some time to calmly do some quilting has been fabulous! And each of Mary's lovely doll tops is so small that I can quilt them quickly and get the rush of a "finish." I got them from her on Tuesday late morning, and I finished the second one yesterday (Wednesday) - they do go quickly!!
On an unrelated, but exciting topic...Jane at Jane's Fabrics and Quilts is giving away an AccuQuilt GO! on October 1, so check that out. It has been fun watching people blog about the GO!