I have so enjoyed reading several blogs about the joys and peace that come with hand quilting. I have to agree. I started as a hand quilter and I loved that part of the process more than piecing -- until I got a new machine and then I couldn't say the same. It became about the piecing and production and creativity.
About the same time, arthritis decided to make handquilting a little more uncomfortable but I have to say that I can't really blame my move to machine quilting only on that. I have quilted a lot of quilts on my Bernina but the "production" that comes with a longarm cannot be beaten. To quilt a quilt in a day is still amazing to me and frees up so much more time for piecing!
This quilt is next to the last quilt I hand quilted. It was for a niece who was graduating from college and was a University of North Carolina fan extraordinaire. She still lives and breathes them -- especially during March Madness (note block in lower right corner of the top picture).
I remember this quilt well because I had relocated to Chicago and was living alone downtown while we sold our home and business -- and it is what I turned to during September, 2001 as I watched TV in horror feeling very far away from my family and safety. So -- quilts bring comforts in many ways and sometimes it's to the person working on them. That is definitely the case with this one.