by Sara Casol
This is my very first post in the Celebrate Hand Quilting blog, and I’m very proud to be a part of it (thanks Caron for your invitation!).
I’ve been hand quilting since 1997, when I attended my basic level patchwork class here in Italy. At that time in my country, patchwork was not yet well known, so today I can say that we felt like pioneers. During all these years, I’ve been trying different techniques, looking for evenness, small stitches. The turning point came for me about four years ago, when I went to Germany to attend the basic class from Esther Miller, an American born teacher, raised Amish. I spent some days in her quilting center, and I returned one year later to attend the advanced class.
Since then, I enjoy so much my hand quilting time! I believe it’s so important to find, among all different techniques or approaches, the proper one for each of us.
These are my favorite hand quilting tools:
My favorite threads are YLI (the white one) and Aurifil (the blue one) cotton makò 28:
Unfortunately, in Italy is difficult to find a professional hand quilting frame, and it can only be imported from abroad. So I built my own, following some directions from my teacher and using materials commonly available at hardware stores. Last but not least, it was really cheap. Next time I post a picture of it, I've just realized I have none very good!
My “quilting bible” is That perfect stitch, by Roxanne McElroy. Although the author describes a technique that is different from mine, I learned a lot from this book for many suggestions and ideas which offers to those who want to learn more.
I’ve been teachin’ traditional hand quilting in Italy for two years, and believe me when I say that I always, always learn something new from my students.
I meet special people, some of them become dear friends to me. I’m happy, and grateful, to be a teacher.
I'm happy to be here.