For this post and the HQAL, the definition of hand-quilting is stretched. Technically speaking hand quilting is only the process of sewing through all the layers of a quilt. However, to me, hand piecing is also part of this HQAL, which is sewing pieces of fabric together to create the quilt blocks. There are two reasons why hand quilting is important for every quilter: 1. When learning a new technique. 2. Precision.
There are many alternative ways to get supplies for quilting or embroidery. In this articleI will tell you about four of them: 1. Befriend a tailor or dressmaker. 2. Second-hand stores. 3. Give away groups. 4. Old clothes and other leftover materials.
I have the solid conviction that the world would be a better place if more people picked up needle and thread to make a quilt.