Since the handquilting class, I have handquilted almost everyday. I work full time, I am also busy at home and do a lot of sports but handquilting is a little time for myself every evening. When it's the weekend, then I allow myself some more time for quilting.
It has a least three benefits :
1. A top is magnified and will soon be a quilt and will leave its UFO friends. I could have added that it reduces my UFO stack but that would have only been true if I was not adding a new top regularly... but if you're a quilter, you know what I'm talking about, right?
2. The more I handquilt the more regular my stitches are. Besides, you get so used to doing it that it is completely effortless... which brings me to the third point.
3. It is a meditative time to reflect about your life. I don't know you but this fast-pace lifestyle that I really enjoy requires that I take some time out for myself and handquilting gives me this opportunity. When I start a big quilt like the one I am currently handquilting, I feel like it will take forever. But if you quilt it a little bit everyday, break your final goal into smaller ones like finishing quilting a block or a row, without you realizing it you get to the end in "almost" no time. Well, it does take a little time but it is pure bliss. You may even wish you don't finish it so quickly... if you had not that UFO stack waiting, of course ;-)
When I handquilt, I treat myself with an expresso or some tea, depending of the time of the day. I may have some dark chocolate too. I gather my thimbles and create my little handquilting corner. I turn the radio on or put some music, classical, pop, rock depending on my mood and I quilt on.
Every hour, sometime less, I take a little break. If I quilt more than two hours, I take a long break (30 minutes or more) before resuming quilting.
I have said it many times in this blog, but I think that a top really comes alive when it is quilted. And choosing how to quilt it is part of the fun.
Have a wonderful weekend,