Humanized Quilting...


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If you know me even slightly, you know am married to a metalhead. My man loves metal music. He lives, breathes and even makes it. The harder and more brutal the better. I’ve listened to him put together songs and record all the different instruments individually. I learned that he has technology that, get this… “humanizes” each element, adding slight imperfections here and there. Why on earth would you purposely make a mistake? Wouldn’t you want the song to sound as awesome and perfect as possible?

The answer is no! Turns out that music that is produced electronically can sound robotic and rigid. “Humanizing” can turn a cold repetitive track into a song that breathes moves, and feels alive. Think of it this way, would you rather listen to The Backstreet Boys… or The Sex Pistols? Right?!

So, what on earth could this possibly have to do with quilting?

This. Have you ever looked at some stellar quilting at a show and thought to yourself “I bet that was done on a computerized quilting machine”. Can you study a quilt and tell the computerized from the freehand? Are you a quilter who has ever been asked “Is your quilting computerized, and it's not?” (take it as a compliment).

When I look at quilts that have exquisite quilting, and can tell that it was computerized, I lose interest fairly quickly. The quilting is repetitive, and all of the feathers and swirls are shaped the same. Quilting that