I'll apologize in advance for the poor pictures, sorry. I have a couple of questions for you lovely quilters on this fine, warm autumn day (at least on the prairie).
Quick background. I wanted to make a quilt for each one of my children. And since (at the time) I only knew how to hand-quilt, that's what I started out doing. My second son was born "severely disabled" (he's now "severely moderately disabled", whatever the heck that means) and hand-quilting became therapeutic. I did a lot of handwork and gardening for the first 4 years of his life. But after that, things slowed down, seizures stopped, routines set in, and the therapy of handwork wasn't needed as frequently. I still love handwork, but with four kids, I don't get the time I'd like.
That's where my question comes in. My son's quilt has 2 rows hand-quilted 1/4" from every seam (on both sides). He turns TEN in December. I've realized that I'm probably NEVER going to finish hand-quilting this (especially since I haven't touched it in, like...4 or 5 years). Would it be horribly awful to machine the rest of it?? Honestly? Would it? He finally wants to stop using the quilt my great grandma made me when I was born (it's pink with little birds sewing stuff, with my name and birth year embroidered on it), so I gotta finish it somehow, preferably quickly. Advice?
On to my next question :)
I machined this hexagon. It's not absolutely perfect, but nothing I make ever is. So why are we hand-piecing our hexies and not machining them? Seriously...I don't know. Tell me the answer, I'm begging you. It's just Y-seams. Is there some reason I haven't figured out yet? Do they fall apart? Are they going to explode in a burst of fiery flame? Do people just really like cutting out a million pieces of paper, then gluing/basting them onto fabric, then hand-stitching that fabric together (I sometimes do)? Why oh why?? Why are they not being machined? For real. Really. Clue me in.
By the way, I have 2 yards of this Alexander Henry owl fabric and thanks to this pin, I can stop hoarding it. Thank you Clair101 from Flickr for your inspiration (and don't worry, they won't all be gray)!
That's it for the questions. I'll leave you with my first ever, season-themed, work-in-progress quilt blocks. I found a few layer cake squares I'd taken out of a project long ago that were quite seasonal (after removing).
I'm using Faith's at Fresh Lemons Quilts Ribbon Star tutorial and fabrics I thought I never would. And I'm crushing on how warm and melty this is. I'll end up with 13 blocks, which doesn't compute, so I guess one will end up on the back.
Anyway, since I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced (guest hosted this week by Kristy @Quiet Play) I need to keep myself more accountable (which doesn't really work, since I seem to have just as many projects as last time, if not more):
My mom's quilt
Pink and Yellow quilt
Kelly's baby quilt
Elle's Out to Sea quilt
D's Orange quilt
Tula Pink Rectangles...still
Posy-SIL baby quilt
That right up there
Red and White Churn Dash
Debbie's baby quilt
Brian's Hexie Owl quilt
Waiting to be Quilted:
Baby Jane quilt
Sharon's quilt (maybe someday....)
Scott's Turtle Quilt
Mom's applique quilt
I hope your day will be as good as mine (which is going to be GREAT my brother is coming home from his two year mission today)!!