Originally Posted by hissy
I look at the amount of work that has gone into it already, and the amount of work needed to finish it, and I wonder if anyone does this anymore? Anyone quilt just because they enjoy it?
Actually, Hissy, from what I read, there has been a major resurgence of interest in quilting since the bicentennial. There are quilt shops and quilt shows everywhere, hundreds of books published on the topic every year, quilt instructors who travel internationally to teach at major quilt shows, and competitions which offer prizes like $10,000 or $25,000. Even my small town (population 3500) has a quilt guild, an annual quilt show and a quilt shop. Our quilt guild is currently offering a free class for beginners. Other quilt guilds occasionally do, also, so you might check in your area. There are still church groups throughout the country making simple tied quilts to send for world relief efforts. I tried to look up the number of quilts they send out each year just from the Lutheran World Relief, but couldn't find that figure. I believe it was over 100,000 a year, though.
You might want to check out the annual quilt show in Sisters, Oregon on the web. I see they expect to have about 1,100 quilts on display.
So quilting is alive and well. I hope you'll join us!
Your quilt top sounds fantastic. (Can you show us a picture? Maybe some closeups?) There is no doubt that quilting is time consuming, but I personally can't think of a more enjoyable hobby. You might want to check at a quilt shop in your area, if you want to learn hand or machine quilting. Many offer classes. You'll no doubt want to learn and improve your technique on smaller, less delicate projects.
If you decide to have it completed by someone else, you have some options. There are relatively few who do hand quilting for others any more, but if you search, they are around. We had a local lady who used to do it, but she would not even consider doing a bed-size quilt for less than $1000. It is, after all, time consuming. There are many people now, though, who have a quilting machine and take in quilting. Around here the price runs from about 1.1 cents to 2.1 cents a square inch for anyone who is any good. But the good quilters can do beautiful detailed work, if a design calls for it.
I personally do only machine quilting. I did quilt three quilts about 60 x 80 inches several years ago, but that's the biggest I've ever quilted on my own home machine. Even that size I prefer to take to someone who has a quilting machine. (And no, before anyone asks, I'm not accepting any orders. I'm just trying to get my own things done.)