Is it just me, or do other patchworking ladies find that the quilting part is the least fun part of the entire patchwork process?
I ask because I could cut up fabrics and piece back together until the cows come home. I am totally addicted now, and need my regular “fix” of machine piecing. Once upon a time it used to be cross stitch that took up all my crafting time. Now I am happy as Larry up in my sewing room, and always full of ideas for new projects to begin.
The problem though – how many pieced “tops” can you bung in a drawer before you feel you have to start finishing them off properly? It’s all very well to play around with fabrics, but unless they’re quilted, they’re not of much use to anyone.
Anyway, today, rather than give in to temptation (which was to play around with scraps) I decided it was time to quilt. I only had three tops folded away so I pulled out the oldest one, my Moda “Somerset” pinwheel top (pieced in September 2015) and got cracking. It’s not very big (compared to some of the huge quilts some ladies make, mine are only lap size) but even so, it took me 4 hours just to sandwich and quilt 6 of the 20 blocks.
While the patchwork part is, for me, a relaxing and creative process . . . the quilting is a real chore. It has become easier, and less stressful since I bought my Juki. But I still don’t enjoy it because I’m always worried I’ll botch up my piecing on this last part.
So I wondered . . . am I alone? Does anyone actually enjoy quilting on a domestic machine? Or is the “patchwork fun”, for you, more in the piecing together of pretty fabrics?